Special Issue "Direct Synthesis of Hydrogen Peroxide"

A special issue of Catalysts (ISSN 2073-4344). This special issue belongs to the section "Metal Catalysis".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Giorgio Strukul

Department of Molecular Sciences and Nano Systems, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Via Torino 155, 30172 Mestre Venezia, Italy
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Interests: transition metal catalysis; noble metal systems; oxidation reactions; sustainability; alternative solvent systems
Guest Editor
Dr. Federica Menegazzo

Department of Molecular Sciences and Nano Systems, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, and INSTM Consortium, Via Torino 155, 30172 Mestre Venezia, Italy
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Interests: development of heterogeneous catalysts and processes for biomass valorization; synthesis and characterization of metal nanoparticles; sustainable industrial processes; formulation of materials for green applications; hydrogen production; steam and dry reforming

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the past 10-15 years hydrogen peroxide has experienced a constant increase in production with some 5 Mton being expected by the end of 2017. Environmental regulations have played a vital role in popularizing the use of H2O2 over other oxidants, by virtue of the chemical being emission-free and eco-friendly in nature. Hydrogen peroxide’s robust growth could be traced back to the overwhelming support of the environmental protection authorities and tightening effluent regulations in almost every application area. However, the current hydrogen peroxide production is still almost exclusively based on the anthraquinone process, while the long-sought alternative direct synthesis from hydrogen and oxygen has been the subject of extensive investigation. This special issue collects original research papers, reviews and commentaries focused on the still open challenges for the direct synthesis of H2O2. Submissions are welcome especially in (but not limited to) the following areas:

  • Development of newly designed catalysts (metals, alloys, effects of acidity and additives)
  • Process development (reaction conditions, explosive or non explosive regimes, etc.)
  • Non catalytic methods
  • Innovative reactor design (microreactors, membrane reactors, trickle-bed reactors, etc.)
  • In situ production and use
  • Mechanistic investigations

Prof. Dr. Giorgio Strukul
Dr. Federica Menegazzo
Guest Editors

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  • hydrogen peroxide direct synthesis
  • hydrogen
  • oxygen
  • metal catalysts
  • alloy catalysts
  • microreactors
  • membrane reactors
  • trickle-bed reactors
  • mechanistic studies

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Boosting the characterization of heterogeneous catalysts for H2O2 direct synthesis by Infrared spectroscopy (Review)

Author: Maela Manzoli (Department of Drug Science and Technology, NIS and INSTM reference Centres, Università degli Studi di Torino, Via Pietro Giuria 9, 10125 Torino, Italy)

Abstract: Infrared (IR) spectroscopy is among the most powerful spectroscopic techniques available for the morphological and physico-chemical characterization of catalytic systems, since it provides information on the (i) surface sites at an atomic level, (ii) the nature and structure of surface or adsorbed species, as well as (iii) the strength of the chemical bonds and (iv) the reaction mechanism.
In this review, an overview of the main contributions that have been figured out starting from IR absorption spectroscopy studies of catalytic systems for H2O2 direct synthesis is given. Which kind of information can be extracted from IR data? IR spectroscopy detects the vibrational transitions induced in a material by interaction with an electromagnetic field in the IR range. To be IR active, a change in the dipole moment of the species must occur, according to well defined selection rules. The discussion will be focused on the advancing research in the use of probe molecules to identify (and possibly, quantify) specific catalytic sites.
The experiments that will be presented and discussed have been carried out mainly in the mid IR frequency range, between approximately 700 and 4000 cm-1, in which most of the molecular vibrations absorb light.

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