Special Issue "Sustainable Nanoparticles - Their Synthesis and Catalytic Applications"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 May 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Rajender S. Varma

1. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ORD National Risk Management Research Laboratory, Water Systems Division/Water Resources Recovery Branch, 26 West M.L.K. Dr., MS 443, Cincinnati, OH 45268, USA
2. Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials, Faculty of Science, Palacky University, Olomouc, Šlechtitelů 11, 783 71 Olomouc, Czech Republic
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Interests: organic chemistry; nanotechnology; synthetic organic chemistry; heterogeneous atalysis; synthetic heterocyclic chemistry; nano-catalysis; microwave assisted organic synthesis
Guest Editor
Dr. Manoj B. Gawande

Regional Centre ofAdvanced Technologies and Materials, Faculty of Science, Palacky University, Olomouc, Šlechtitelů 11, 783 71 Olomouc, Czech Republic
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Interests: magnetically recyclable nanocatalysts; iron oxide-based nanocatalysts; microwave-assisted synthesis; core–shell nanocatalysts; greener organic synthesis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Sustainable nanomaterials have recently attracted tremendous attention as highly functionalized nanocatalysts or catalysts in diverse catalytic areas including solid-supported nanocatalysts, graphene materials, integrated catalysts, core-shell catalysts, among others. Rapid technology progress over the recent decades has allowed advances in the development of increasingly sustainable heterogeneous catalysts. In particular, catalytic materials can now be prepared with greater precision via nanotech-enabled processes. Metal nanoparticles, which often serve as active catalytic components, can be synthesized in a more environmentally friendly manner (using benign by design approaches) with well-defined sizes, shapes, crystal facets, structure, and composition. Such measured designs could potentially lead to advanced catalytic technologies and their applications in benign processes. Furthermore, the traditional need for efficient and selective catalytic reactions that transform raw materials into valuable chemicals, pharmaceuticals and fuels, green chemistry component also strives for waste reduction, atomic efficiency and high rates of catalyst recovery. This Special Issue is aimed to highlight key examples of advanced ‘benign by design’ nanomaterials with applications in heterogeneously catalyzed processes.

Prof. Dr. Rajender S. Varma
Dr. Manoj B. Gawande
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Magnetic nanocatalysts
  • Integrated catalysts
  • Core-shell nanocatalysts
  • Supported nanocatalysts
  • Biomass
  • Metal nanoparticles


  • Sustainable nanocatalysts
  • Magnetic nanocatalysts
  • Benign catalytic Synthesis
  • Supported catalysts
  • Core/shell catalysts
  • Integrated catalysts

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

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.

Title: Functionalized Tyrosinase-Lignin Nanoparticles as Sustainable Catalysts for the Oxidation of Phenol derivatives
Author: Raffaele SALADINO
Abstract: Sustainable catalysts for the oxidation of phenol derivatives under environmental friendly conditions have been prepared by functionalization of lignin nanoparticles with tyrosinase. Lignin, the most abundant polyphenol in nature is the main byproduct in the pulp and paper manufacturing industry and biorefinery. Lignin nanoparticles were found to be stable to the tyrosinase activity, and after the enzyme immobilization showed a high and selective catalytic effect in the synthesis of bioactive catechol derivatives.

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