Special Issue "Heterogeneous Catalysis"


A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Eric Guibal
Ecole des Mines d'Alčs, Laboratoire Génie de l'Environnement Industriel, 6 Avenue de Clavières, F-30319 Alès, Cedex, France
E-Mail: eric.guibal@ema.fr
Interests: treatment of wastewaters (metals, dyes); adsorption & biosorption process; liquid/liquid extraction processes; coagulation & flocculation; catalytic processes; synthesis of new materials based on biopolymers (physical and chemical modifications)

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Heterogeneous catalysis is key step in the synthesis pathway of a number of products in fields as diverse as petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, fine chemicals but also in environmental applications;. The specific properties brought to the reaction by the supports open the route to enhanced efficiency, selectivity in synthesis, and improved competitiveness. This special issue of molecules dedicated to Heterogeneous Catalysis calls for both fundamental and applied contributions in this field of growing academic and industrial interests. Special attention will be paid to the characterization of materials (surface properties, diffusion characteristics), the identification of mechanisms and limiting steps, and the contribution of support properties to the orientation/selectivity of catalytic reactions. A special attention will be paid to original supports (based on renewable resources).

Dr. Eric Guibal
Guest Editor


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  • heterogeneous catalysis
  • support characterization
  • surface properties
  • porosity
  • kinetics
  • governing rate
  • selectivity
  • reaction pathways
  • modeling
  • alternative supports

Published Papers (8 papers)

by , , , ,  and
Molecules 2010, 15(5), 2994-3009; doi:10.3390/molecules15052994
Received: 22 January 2010; in revised form: 18 March 2010 / Accepted: 20 April 2010 / Published: 27 April 2010
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by , , ,  and
Molecules 2010, 15(5), 3428-3440; doi:10.3390/molecules15053428
Received: 13 February 2010; in revised form: 15 April 2010 / Accepted: 10 May 2010 / Published: 12 May 2010
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by ,  and
Molecules 2010, 15(5), 3643-3660; doi:10.3390/molecules15053643
Received: 19 April 2010; in revised form: 6 May 2010 / Accepted: 12 May 2010 / Published: 18 May 2010
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by , ,  and
Molecules 2010, 15(6), 3829-3856; doi:10.3390/molecules15063829
Received: 1 March 2010; in revised form: 10 May 2010 / Accepted: 24 May 2010 / Published: 26 May 2010
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by ,  and
Molecules 2010, 15(7), 4815-4874; doi:10.3390/molecules15074815
Received: 1 June 2010; in revised form: 23 June 2010 / Accepted: 5 July 2010 / Published: 9 July 2010
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by , ,  and
Molecules 2010, 15(11), 8400-8424; doi:10.3390/molecules15118400
Received: 11 October 2010; Accepted: 8 November 2010 / Published: 16 November 2010
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by , ,  and
Molecules 2013, 18(6), 7279-7308; doi:10.3390/molecules18067279
Received: 7 May 2013; in revised form: 3 June 2013 / Accepted: 13 June 2013 / Published: 21 June 2013
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by , , , ,  and
Molecules 2013, 18(7), 7675-7685; doi:10.3390/molecules18077675
Received: 22 May 2013; in revised form: 24 June 2013 / Accepted: 25 June 2013 / Published: 2 July 2013
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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.

Type of Paper: Review
Title: Metal Organic Frameworks: An Exciting New Class of Components for Selective and Chiral Oxidation Catalysis: An Comprehensive Overview
Authors: Karen Leus 1,2 and Pascal Van Der Voort 1,2,*
Affiliation: 1 Organometallics and Catalysis, Center for Ordered Materials, COMOC, Belgium
2 Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, Ghent University, UGent, Krijgslaan 281, building S3, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium
Abstract: Since the discovery of Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) in 1999, the amount of new structures has grown exponentially. A MOF typically consists of inorganic nodes that are connected by organic linkers to form a crystalline, highly porous structures. Very typical linkers are benzenedi- or tricarboxylates. Two of the most promising applications of these highly porous materials is gas storage and separation and heterogeneous catalysis. Especially in the liquid phase and mild reaction conditions, MOFs open up unprecedented opportunities to replace homogeneous catalysts by a sustainable and stable heterogeneous catalyst. The catalytic function can be introduced as (i) the active metal site; (ii) an extra functionality in the linker; (iii) an impurity or dopant and (iv) a “ship-in-a-bottle” complex as a homogeneous catalysts is no longer able to leave the cages of the porous MOF network. This way, shape selectivity and even chiral selectivity can be created. We will present an overview of the state of the art of functionalized MOFs for the case of selective liquid phase oxidations and epoxidations, focusing on improved selectivity or chirality compared to a homogeneous system.

Last update: 5 February 2013

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