Special Issue "Nanostructure Metal Alloys for the Transformation of Biomass"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2018

Special Issue Editors

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; nanostructured metal oxides; functionalized carbons; metal carbides; biomass transformation
Guest Editor
Dr. Nikolaos Dimitratos

School of Chemistry, Cardiff Catalysis Institute, Cardiff University, Main Building, Park Place, Cardiff, Wales, CF10 3AT, UK
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Interests: Heterogeneous catalysis; Catalysis for energy; H2 production; CO2 transformation to methanol; supported metal nanoparticles; Heteropolyacids; Biomass conversion; Bifunctional catalysts, Size and shape control of metal colloids; In situ and operando spectroscopy; advanced characterisation using Synchrotron and Neutron techniques

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue will be devoted to the preparation, characterization and application of nanostructured metal alloy for the transformation of molecules derived from biomass, including glycerol, cellulosic and hemicellulose compounds, and lignin derived molecules.Metal nanoparticles have received a great deal of interest in the last decade because of their unique properties, finding potential applications in different fields, such us catalysis, electronics, optics, imaging, and biology. The superior performance of bimetallic systems compared to monometallic counterparts has been reported for different chemical reactions, including CO oxidation the selective oxidation of alcohols to aldehydes the direct synthesis of hydrogen peroxide the oxidation of primary C-H bonds and the transformation of biomass to fuel and chemical. The intrinsic properties of bimetallic particles have been shown to lead to catalytic properties different from monometallic counterparts, e.g., to enhanced activity, selectivity, and stability.

Dr. Alberto Villa
Dr. Nikolaos Dimitratos
Guest Editors

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  • bimetallic systems
  • characterization
  • oxidation
  • hydrogenation
  • glycerol
  • lignin
  • cellulose
  • hemicellulose

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Open AccessArticle Photoinduced Glycerol Oxidation over Plasmonic Au and AuM (M = Pt, Pd and Bi) Nanoparticle-Decorated TiO2 Photocatalysts
Nanomaterials 2018, 8(4), 269; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano8040269
Received: 26 March 2018 / Revised: 14 April 2018 / Accepted: 19 April 2018 / Published: 23 April 2018
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In this study, sol-immobilization was used to prepare gold nanoparticle (Au NP)-decorated titanium dioxide (TiO2) photocatalysts at different Au weight % (wt. %) loading (Aux/TiO2, where x is the Au wt. %) and Au–M NP-decorated TiO2
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In this study, sol-immobilization was used to prepare gold nanoparticle (Au NP)-decorated titanium dioxide (TiO2) photocatalysts at different Au weight % (wt. %) loading (Aux/TiO2, where x is the Au wt. %) and Au–M NP-decorated TiO2 photocatalysts (Au3M3/TiO2), where M is bismuth (Bi), platinum (Pt) or palladium (Pd) at 3 wt. %. The Aux/TiO2 photocatalysts exhibited a stronger visible light absorption than the parent TiO2 due to the localized surface plasmon resonance effect. Increasing the Au content from 1 wt. % to 7 wt. % led to increased visible light absorption due to the increasing presence of defective structures that were capable of enhancing the photocatalytic activity of the as-prepared catalyst. The addition of Pt and Pd coupled with the Au3/TiO2 to form Au3M3/TiO2 improved the photocatalytic activity of the Au3/TiO2 photocatalyst by maximizing their light-absorption property. The Au3/TiO2, Au3Pt3/TiO2 and Au3Pd3/TiO2 photocatalysts promoted the formation of glyceraldehyde from glycerol as the principle product, while Au3Bi3/TiO2 facilitated glycolaldehyde formation as the major product. Among all the prepared photocatalysts, Au3Pd3/TiO2 exhibited the highest photocatalytic activity with a 98.75% glycerol conversion at 24 h of reaction time. Full article
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