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Commemorative Issue in Honor of Professor Gerhard Ertl on the Occasion of His 85th Birthday

Stanisław Wacławek
Andrzej Kudelski
Jochen A. Lauterbach
3 and
Dionysios D. Dionysiou
Institute for Nanomaterials, Advanced Technologies and Innovation, Technical University of Liberec, Studentská 1402/2, 461 17 Liberec, Czech Republic
Faculty of Chemistry, University of Warsaw, 1 Pasteur St., 02-093 Warsaw, Poland
Department of Chemical Engineering, University of South Carolina, 541 Main St., Columbia, SC 29208, USA
Environmental Engineering and Science Program, Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering (ChEE), University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221, USA
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Catalysts 2022, 12(6), 624;
Submission received: 26 May 2022 / Accepted: 2 June 2022 / Published: 6 June 2022
This Special Issue (SI) is dedicated to Professor Gerhard Ertl on his eighty-fifth birthday. Professor Ertl is a Professor Emeritus at the Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (Berlin, Germany). He won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2007 for his work on the fundamental understanding of heterogeneously catalyzed reactions. According to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Professor Ertl’s research laid the groundwork for the current understanding of the chemistry of surfaces that has helped, for example, in understanding how ammonia is synthesized and how fuel cells generate energy.
This SI includes articles focused on materials with potential applications as cathodes for solid oxide fuel cells [1] and water oxidation [2]. Moreover, environmental applications of heterogeneous catalysts, such as simultaneously producing hydrogen and removing pollutants [3], as well as work on other industrially relevant heterogeneous reactions [4,5,6], are published in this Special Issue.
This SI is composed of experimental work as well as several theoretical studies primarily concerned with density functional theory applications in heterogeneous catalysis [7,8]. Moreover, two review articles on the fundamental role of shape engineering in catalysis [9], as well as on using catalysts based on Pt for dehydrogenating propane [10], are also published.
In honor and acknowledgment of Prof. Gerhard Ertl’s remarkable impact on the field of heterogeneous catalysis, this SI is a collection of articles on emerging areas with significant impact and broad applicability. We thank Professor Ertl for his fantastic contributions to surface chemistry.


This research received no external funding.


The guest editors wish to express gratitude to all authors who contributed to this SI.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.


  1. Luo, Y.; Xu, X.; Xia, Y.; Pang, S.; Xu, F.; Whangbo, M.H.; Sun, L.; Chen, C. Anomaly negative resistance phenomena in highly epitaxial PrBa0.7Ca0.3Co2O5+δ thin films induced from superfast redox reactions. Catalysts 2021, 11, 1441. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  2. Alrushaid, M.; Nadeem, M.A.; Wahab, K.A.; Idriss, H. Extracting turnover frequencies of electron transfer in heterogeneous catalysis: A study of IrO2-TiO2 anatase for water oxidation using Ce4+ cations. Catalysts 2021, 11, 1030. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
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  4. Macqueen, B.; Royko, M.; Crandall, B.S.; Heyden, A.; Pagán-Torres, Y.J.; Lauterbach, J. Kinetics study of the hydrodeoxygenation of xylitol over a ReOx-Pd/CeO2 catalyst. Catalysts 2021, 11, 108. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  5. Kappel, I.; Böcklein, S.; Park, S.; Wharmby, M.; Mestl, G.; Schmahl, W.W. Crystal imperfections of industrial vanadium phosphorous oxide catalysts. Catalysts 2021, 11, 1325. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  6. Catrinck, M.N.; Campisi, S.; Carniti, P.; Teófilo, R.F.; Bossola, F.; Gervasini, A. Phosphate enrichment of niobium-based catalytic surfaces in relation to reactions of carbohydrate biomass conversion: The case studies of inulin hydrolysis and fructose dehydration. Catalysts 2021, 11, 1077. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
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  8. Dobrota, A.S.; Đokić, T.; Skorodumova, N.V.; Mentus, S.V.; Pašti, I.A. What Is the Real State of Single-Atom Catalysts under Electrochemical Conditions—From Adsorption to Surface Pourbaix Plots? Catalysts 2021, 11, 1207. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  9. Konsolakis, M.; Lykaki, M. Facet-dependent reactivity of ceria nanoparticles exemplified by CeO2-based transition metal catalysts: A critical review. Catalysts 2021, 11, 452. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  10. Martino, M.; Meloni, E.; Festa, G.; Palma, V. Propylene synthesis: Recent advances in the use of Pt-based catalysts for propane dehydrogenation reaction. Catalysts 2021, 11, 1070. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
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