Special Issue "Metal Catalysts Recycling and Heterogeneous/Homogeneous Catalysis"


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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2014

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Masahiko Arai
Division of Chemical Process Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Hokkaido 060-8628, Japan
Website: http://www.eng.hokudai.ac.jp/labo/catal/
E-Mail: marai@eng.hokudai.ac.jp
Interests: multiphase catalytic reactions in the presence of dense phase carbon dioxide and/or water; Preparation and application of nitrogen-doped carbon materials as multifunctional metal-free catalysts; Catalytic and photocatalytic transformation of carbon dioxide and biomass-derived disused materials to value-added organic compounds; Preparation of mesoporous smectite-lke materials as acid/base catalysts

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Fengyu Zhao
Laboratory of Green Chemistry and Process, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Website: http://fyzhao.ciac.jl.cn
E-Mail: zhaofy@ciac.ac.cn
Interests: Design and preparation of heterogeneous catalysts; Catalytic hydrogenation and oxidation in green solvents;Conversion and utilization of carbon dioxide; Catalytic conversion of biomass; Fabrication of nano materials, Supercritical fluids

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Heterogeneous metal catalysts rather than homogeneous ones are recommended for industrial applications after considering their performance in activity, separation, and recycling. The recycling of metal catalysts is desirable from economical and environmental points of view. When supported and bulk metal catalysts are used in liquid-phase organic reactions, there is a possibility that active metal species leach away into the liquid phases and the dissolved metal species may also act as an active center. The leaching of metal species from heterogeneous catalysts makes it difficult to reuse the catalysts in batch reactors and maintain the desired initial performance in continuous reactors. It is required, therefore, to find novel methods to immobilize/stabilize metal species and to separate/collect/reuse the dissolved metal species. The leaching of metal species also complicates the heterogeneous/homogeneous nature of catalysis. Do the reactions occur heterogeneously on heterogeneous metal catalysts and/or homogeneously with the dissolved metal species? In the latter, what is a working active center in the liquid phases?

This Special Issue aims at covering recent progress in the preparation and application of recyclable metal catalysts and in the fundamental aspects of reaction mechanisms and heterogeneous/homogeneous nature of reactions using heterogeneous metal catalysts. Heterogeneous metal catalysts in any form are of interest.

Prof. Dr. Masahiko Arai
Prof. Dr. Fengyu Zhao
Guest Editors


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  • metal catalysts
  • immobilization
  • stabilization
  • leaching
  • catalyst separation
  • catalyst recycling
  • heterogeneous/homogeneous mechanisms

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Catalysts 2014, 4(3), 289-298; doi:10.3390/catal4030289
Received: 9 April 2014; in revised form: 27 June 2014 / Accepted: 30 June 2014 / Published: 15 July 2014
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Catalysts 2014, 4(3), 276-288; doi:10.3390/catal4030276
Received: 19 May 2014; in revised form: 23 June 2014 / Accepted: 25 June 2014 / Published: 14 July 2014
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