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

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

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

Manuscript Submission Information

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

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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