Special Issue "Catalytic Transformation of Lignocellulosic Platform Chemicals"

A special issue of Catalysts (ISSN 2073-4344).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Anna Maria Raspolli Galletti

Dipartimento di Chimica e Chimica Industriale, Università di Pisavia G. Moruzzi 13 - 56124 Pisa, Italy
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Interests: catalysis for sustainability; MW-assisted chemistry; nanomaterials; catalytic conversion; lignocellulosic biomass; heterogeneous catalysts; synthesis of tailored catalytic system

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Diminishing reserves of the easily-available petroleum resources and the environmental impact of fossil fuels are the driving forces in the search of alternative energy and new carbon sources. Undoubtedly, renewable lignocellulosic biomass represents a sustainable feedstock for the chemical industry, also offering the opportunity for potentially CO2-neutral products. Up to now, significant efforts have been devoted to the development of feasible routes for the conversion of biomass into valuable “primary” platformchemicals. In particular, furan compounds, such as furfural and 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF), and levulinic acid have great potential for the production of chemicals and fuels. Many “secondary” strategic products can be obtained by the catalytic conversion of these lignocellulosic platform chemicals using homogeneous, heterogeneous or enzymatic reactions of hydrogenation, oxidation, etherification, esterification,  ketalization,  hydrogen transfer, etc.

The aim of this Special Issue is

  • to cover the innovative results in the field of catalytic conversion applied to primary bio-based platform chemicals or directly starting from biomass in a multistep or in a one-pot approach to give secondary bio-based chemicals.
  • to deep the different catalytic reactions (homogeneous, heterogeneous and enzymatic as well as their combinations) using green reaction media (e.g., water, bioalcohols, ionic liquids, biphasic media, etc.);
  • to verify novel and combined process approaches, such as microwave irradiation, sonication, flow chemistry, microreactors, etc.

All suggestions and comments are really welcome!

Prof. Dr. Anna Maria Raspolli Galletti
Guest Editor

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  • biomass conversion
  • green chemistry
  • homogeneous catalysis
  • heterogeneous catalysis
  • enzymatic catalysis
  • microwave irradiation
  • sonochemistry
  • levulinic acid
  • furfural
  • HMF

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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