Special Issue "Clean Ammonia Synthesis and Utilization for a Sustainable World: Catalytic & Electron-driven Routes"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Antonio Vita
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Guest Editor
National Research Council, Advanced Energy Technology Institute (ITAE) “Nicola Giordano”, Messina, Italy
Interests: catalysts synthesis and characterisation; coating; structured catalysts and reactors; reforming processes; small scale prototypes; hydrogen/syngas production; CO2 conversion to methane; energy carriers
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Prof. Dr. Fausto Gallucci
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Inorganic Membranes and Membrane Reactors, Sustainable Process Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, Eindhoven University of Technology, 5612 AZ Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Interests: process design and intensification; membranes and membrane reactors; separation technologies
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The fossil-fuel-based energy sector is a global economic powerhouse and represents a vital source of wealth, prosperity and social value but, at the same time, is also a major emitter of GHG emissions on a global scale. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, everyone has rightly been focused on protecting lives and livelihoods. Scientists estimate that limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius would reduce the odds of initiating the most dangerous and irreversible effects of climate change. The good news is that a 1.5-degree increase is technically achievable. The bad news is that the math is daunting. Such a pathway would require dramatic reductions in emissions over the next ten years, starting now. What technically feasible carbon-mitigation opportunities, in what combinations and to what degree, could potentially get us there? In this regard, energy carriers or e-fuels obtained by the valorization of renewable routes could be considered a keystone to moving away from fossil fuels towards a greener-based energy system. This is hindered by the technological gap due to the maturity of conventional processes compared to sustainable ones. The scope of this Special Issue is to explore the potential of ammonia as a clean carrier that could be used for energy. With the global transition from fossil fuels to intermittent renewable energy sources, there is a need for the long-term storage and long-range transmission of energy, for which ammonia is a perfect fit. Specifically, this Special Issue intends to cover the most recent progress in the catalytic synthesis of ammonia as well as electron-driven routes (electrocatalysis and photocatalysis), to gain insight into the development of materials, reactors and electro-driven devices related to one of the future sustainable energy carriers. Moreover, the Special Issue also aims to explore the scientific challenges associated with ammonia utilization in fuel cells, in combustion engines or to produce hydrogen.

Dr. Antonio Vita
Prof. Dr. Fausto Gallucci
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Ammonia synthesis
  • Ammonia utilization
  • Catalysts for ammonia synthesis
  • Electrocatalysis
  • Catalysis
  • Photocatalysis
  • Hydrogen production
  • Solid oxide fuel cells
  • Ammonia/hydrogen mixture
  • Ammonia cracking and combustion

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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