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Special Issue "Nanoparticle Synthesis and Applications in Catalysis"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2016)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Nikolaos Dimitratos

Cardiff Catalysis Institute, School of Chemistry, Cardiff University, Cardiff, CF10 3AT, UK
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Interests: design and synthesis of novel stable monodisperse and multimetallic nanoparticles; mechanistic studies to monitor reduction rate and growth of metal nanoparticles; selective oxidation of organic compounds; biomass transformation to fine chemicals and fuels; photocatalytic studies
Guest Editor
Dr. Alberto Villa

Dipartimento di Chimica, Università degli Studi di Milano, Via Golgi 19, I-20133 Milano, Italy
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Interests: metal nanoparticles; heterogeneous catalysis; high dispersed metallic nanoparticles on oxide materials; functionalized carbons and their application in the biomass transformation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent decades, a wide variety of nanoparticles, consisting of several hundred thousand atoms, have been developed and have received considerable interest in areas such as catalysis, sensing, electronics, and optoelectronics. Principally, this is due to their unique optical, electronic and magnetic properties, which are often radically different from the properties observed in the bulk state. The development of nanoparticles with controlled size and shape is an increasingly important challenge, and it is expected that functionalized nanoparticles will play a key role in various application areas, including catalysis.

We invite the scientific community to submit their contributions, in the form of original research articles and review articles that could seek an excellent interaction between nanoparticles and their applications in synthesis and catalysis. We are particularly interested in articles describing 1) the synthesis of nanoparticles, 2) the study of nanoparticles with in situ and ex situ spectroscopic techniques, 3) computational modeling and simulation of nanoparticles, and 4) the application of nanoparticles in catalysis.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Synthesis of nanoparticles
  • Characterization of nanoparticles
  • Utilization of nanoparticles in catalysis, including solar energy, chemical transformation, and energy production

Dr. Nikolaos Dimitratos
Dr. Alberto Villa
Guest Editors

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  • nanoparticles
  • catalytic applications
  • characterization

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Open AccessFeature PaperArticle Bimetallic Nanoparticles as Efficient Catalysts: Facile and Green Microwave Synthesis
Materials 2016, 9(7), 550; doi:10.3390/ma9070550
Received: 13 June 2016 / Revised: 1 July 2016 / Accepted: 4 July 2016 / Published: 8 July 2016
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This work deals with the development of a green and versatile synthesis of stable mono- and bi-metallic colloids by means of microwave heating and exploiting ecofriendly reagents: water as the solvent, glucose as a mild and non-toxic reducer and polyvinylpirrolidone (PVP) as the
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This work deals with the development of a green and versatile synthesis of stable mono- and bi-metallic colloids by means of microwave heating and exploiting ecofriendly reagents: water as the solvent, glucose as a mild and non-toxic reducer and polyvinylpirrolidone (PVP) as the chelating agent. Particle size-control, total reaction yield and long-term stability of colloids were achieved with this method of preparation. All of the materials were tested as effective catalysts in the reduction of p-nitrophenol in the presence of NaBH4 as the probe reaction. A synergistic positive effect of the bimetallic phase was assessed for Au/Cu and Pd/Au alloy nanoparticles, the latter showing the highest catalytic performance. Moreover, monoand bi-metallic colloids were used to prepare TiO2- and CeO2-supported catalysts for the liquid phase oxidation of 5-hydroxymethylfufural (HMF) to 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA). The use of Au/Cu and Au/Pd bimetallic catalysts led to an increase in FDCA selectivity. Finally, preformed Pd/Cu nanoparticles were incorporated into the structure of MCM-41-silica. The resulting Pd/Cu MCM-41 catalysts were tested in the hydrodechlorination of CF3OCFClCF2Cl to CF3OCF=CF2. The effect of Cu on the hydrogenating properties of Pd was demonstrated. Full article
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