A section of Catalysts (ISSN 2073-4344).
The “Environmental Catalysis” section of the journal Catalysts publishes original and high-quality research communications, articles, and review articles on the topics of the catalytic elimination of gas, liquid, and solid-phase pollutants.
Responding to serious concern about the ongoing contamination of air, water, and soil by pollutants such as VOC, NOx, SOx, CO2, CH4, organic compounds, and soot emitted by industry and transportation, increasingly stringent regulations and policies are being introduced by governments around the world to decrease environmental outdoor pollution. Long-neglected compared to outdoor pollution, indoor pollution is now recognized as a major public health problem.
In order to meet the new standards of regulation but also to protect the environment and human health, two different strategies have been implemented. The first approach concerns cutting emissions through source reduction by improving process efficiency. The second strategy concerns intercepting emissions before their release using end-of-pipe technologies. Those after-treatment technologies consist of recovery and destructive processes, and catalytic processes are regarded as one of the most promising methods for pollutants removal from air or liquid media.
The “Environmental Catalysis” section aims to cover promising recent research in the field of the development of innovative catalytic materials from their syntheses (powdered or structured catalysts) to their application in model pollutants and in real mixtures of pollutants removal from (outdoor and indoor) air, water, and wastewater. Special attention is given to their durability and reusability, and to by-products formation in the catalytic process.
Fundamental studies for establishing structure-reactivity/selectivity relationships of catalysts (operando measurements) and for elucidating the kinetics of heterogeneous reactions are also expected to yield information about mechanisms and to optimize the reactor design and the catalytic process.
Advance knowledge of recent catalytic processes (photo-catalysis, plasma-catalysis, electro-catalysis, etc.) applied to environmental protection is also addressed, as well as an understanding of the key challenges to face to promote their application to full scale.
Following special issues within this section are currently open for submissions:
- Diesel Soot Catalysis (Deadline: 30 June 2019)
- Catalytic Applications of CeO2-Based Materials (Deadline: 15 July 2019)
- Environmental Applications of Photocatalytic Processes (Deadline: 31 July 2019)
- Catalysis by Precious Metals, Past and Future (Deadline: 31 July 2019)
- Feature Papers to Celebrate “Environmental Catalysis”—Trends & Outlook (Deadline: 31 August 2019)
- Environmental Biocatalysis: From Remediation to Waste Valorization (Deadline: 31 August 2019)
- Ceria-Based Nanocatalysts for Environmental and Energy Applications (Deadline: 31 August 2019)
- Catalytic Concepts for Methane Combustion (Deadline: 30 September 2019)
- Novel Heterogeneous Catalysts for Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOPs) (Deadline: 31 October 2019)
- Catalysis for the Removal of Gas-Phase Pollutants (Deadline: 30 November 2019)
- Aftertreatment DeNOx Systems for Future Light Duty Lean-Burned Emission Regulations (Deadline: 30 November 2019)
- Tailoring Future NH3–SCR Systems for Decentralized Air Pollution Control: Structural Properties of New Catalysts for Improved Catalyst Synthesis (Deadline: 15 January 2020)
- Catalytic Decomposition of N2O and NO (Deadline: 31 January 2020)
- CO2 Capture and / or Its Transformation into Fuels or Valuable Chemicals (Deadline: 15 February 2020)
- Materials and Processes for (Photo)Electrocatalytic Removal of Bio-Refractory Pollutants and Emerging Contaminants from Waters (Deadline: 29 February 2020)
- New Catalysts in Green Chemistry: from Conversion of Renewable Biomass to Elimination of Organic Pollutants (Deadline: 15 March 2020)
- Nanocatalysts for Hydrogen Production for Fuel Cells (Deadline: 31 March 2020)
- Environmental Catalysis for Water Remediation (Deadline: 30 April 2020)
- Sequential Combination of Catalytic/Photocatalytic Advanced Oxidation and Biological Degradation Processes for Wastewater Treatment (Deadline: 15 May 2020)
- Green Chemistry and Environmental Processes (Deadline: 31 May 2020)
- Environmental Catalysis in Advanced Oxidation Processes (Deadline: 31 July 2020)
- In Situ and Operando Vibrational Spectroscopy in Catalysis (Deadline: 31 August 2020)
- New Catalysts and Catalytic Technologies for Diesel Soot Emission Reduction (Deadline: 31 December 2020)