Advanced Catalysis for Energy and Environmental Applications

A special issue of Catalysts (ISSN 2073-4344). This special issue belongs to the section "Catalytic Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2024 | Viewed by 1839

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School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu 611731, China
Interests: electrocatalysis; fuel cells; water electrolysis; photoelectrocatalysis; photosensitive glass-ceramics; catalyst synthesis; catalytic membranes; hydrogen production
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Interests: carbon dioxide reduction; alkaline water electrolysis; supercapacitors; photoelectrochemical cell; microbial fuel cell; 3D printing

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Department of Chemistry, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO 65409, USA
Interests: electrocatalysts; water splitting; solar energy conversion; hydrogen and oxygen evolution; nanomaterials
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

With the continuous increase in global energy demand and the escalating prominence of environmental issues, the exploration of efficient, clean, and sustainable solutions for energy utilization and environmental protection has emerged as an urgent mandate for scientists and engineers worldwide. The research and application of advanced catalysts have become particularly crucial at this juncture. This Special Issue of Catalysts aims to cover the advances on commonly used and emerging catalysts in the field of advanced catalysis for energy and environmental applications. We anticipate expediting the practical application of advanced catalysis technologies, making a positive contribution to the establishment of cleaner and more sustainable energy and environmental systems. Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Advanced catalysis for clean energy production or storage
  2. Advanced catalysis for wastewater purification and treatment
  3. Advanced catalysis for air purification
  4. Advanced catalysis for carbon capture and utilization
  5. Advanced catalysis for biomass energy conversion
  6. Advanced catalysis for pollutant removal
  7. Advanced catalysts for environmental remediation
  8. Advanced catalysts for drug synthesis
  9. Advanced catalysts for food processing

Professionals well-versed in these subjects are warmly encouraged to submit their manuscripts to Catalysts. Significant full original papers and review articles are welcome.

Prof. Dr. Bin Lin
Prof. Dr. Yat Li
Dr. Manashi Nath
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • advanced catalysts
  • green and clean energy
  • energy storage
  • waste water treatment
  • air purification
  • carbon capture
  • environmental remediation
  • drug synthesis
  • food processing

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Tuning a Cr-Catalyzed Ethylene Oligomerization Product Profile via a Rational Design of the N-aryl PNP Ligands
by Samir Barman, E. A. Jaseer, Nestor Garcia, Mohamed Elanany, Motaz Khawaji, Niladri Maity and Abdulrahman Musa
Catalysts 2024, 14(7), 441; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal14070441 - 10 Jul 2024
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An approach towards incorporating varied degrees of steric profiles around the ligand’s backbone, which were envisaged to alter the catalytic paths leading to targeted 1-C8/1-C6 olefin products, were explored. Cr-pre-catalysts designed with PNP ligands comprising a fused aryl moiety were [...] Read more.
An approach towards incorporating varied degrees of steric profiles around the ligand’s backbone, which were envisaged to alter the catalytic paths leading to targeted 1-C8/1-C6 olefin products, were explored. Cr-pre-catalysts designed with PNP ligands comprising a fused aryl moiety were delivered at a relatively higher C8 olefin selectivity (up to 74.6 wt% and C8/C6 of 3.4) when the N-connection to the aromatic unit was placed at the 2-position. A relatively higher C6 olefin selectivity (up to 33.7 wt% and C8/C6 of 1.9) was achieved with the PNP unit anchored at the 1- or 6-position. Based on detailed catalytic studies, we confirm the fact that by introducing a controlled degree of bulkiness on the N-site through a judicious selection of the N-aryl moiety of different sizes, the selectivity of the targeted olefin product could be tuned in a rational manner. Full article
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Recent Advances on Computational Modeling of Supported Single-Atom and Cluster Catalysts: Characterization, Catalyst–Support Interaction, and Active Site Heterogeneity
by Jiayi Xu, Colton Lund, Prajay Patel, Yu Lim Kim and Cong Liu
Catalysts 2024, 14(4), 224; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal14040224 - 28 Mar 2024
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To satisfy the need for catalyst materials with high activity, selectivity, and stability for energy conversion, material design and discovery guided by theoretical insights are a necessity. In the past decades, the rise in theoretical investigations into the properties of catalyst materials, reaction [...] Read more.
To satisfy the need for catalyst materials with high activity, selectivity, and stability for energy conversion, material design and discovery guided by theoretical insights are a necessity. In the past decades, the rise in theoretical investigations into the properties of catalyst materials, reaction mechanisms, and catalyst design principles has shed light on the catalysis field. Quantitative structure–activity relationships have been developed through incorporating spectroscopic simulations, electronic structure calculations, and reaction mechanistic studies. In this review, we report the state-of-the-art computational approaches to catalyst materials characterization for supported single-atom and cluster catalysts utilizing spectroscopic simulations, i.e., XANES simulation, and material properties investigation via electronic-structure calculations. Furthermore, approaches regarding reaction mechanisms, focusing on active site heterogeneity, are also discussed. Full article
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