Special Issue "Recent Advances in Carbon Nanotube Catalysts: Synthesis, Characterization and Applications"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Michele Melchionna Website 1 Website 2 E-Mail
Universita’ degli Studi di Trieste, Department of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Trieste, Italy
Interests: carbon nanostructures; heterogeneous catalysis; energy applications; electro- and photocatalysis; metal nanoparticles; metal oxides
Guest Editor
Dr. Daniel Iglesias Website E-Mail
University of Strasbourg, Institute de Science et d’Ingénierie Supramoléculaires, Strasbourg, France
Interests: nanomaterials synthesis, functionalization and hybridization; green chemistry; catalysis and energy related applications; sensing; 2D materials based electronic devices.

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The advent of the so-called “nanotechnology revolution” has produced an incessant search for new materials with nanometer dimensions, which display peculiar properties compared to the bulk counterparts. Among the plethora of nanomaterials available, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) represent a very symbolic material, which have enjoyed popularity in science fiction, novels, and TV shows. Discovered in 1991, CNTs created an immediate breakthrough among diverse scientific communities in relation to their outstanding properties, that instantly projected them as future leading candidates in several applications. Such properties include very high electron mobility, dependant on their size/surface ratio, which has found fertile soil in organic photovoltaics, integrated circuits, fuel cells, and capacitors. Their inertness, mechanical, thermal stability, and tuneable topography can be an asset in heterogeneous catalysis. Their distinct optical/spectroscopic properties have been used in biosensing, while in medicine they have been used as connecting mats in neural cells or as drug delivery vehicles. Since the initial years after their discovery, the number of publications involving CNTs has skyrocketed, involving many fields of research: chemistry, medicine, physics, engineering, biology, and so on. They have become exceptional components in many composites or hybrids, where their properties can be synergistically interfaced with other structures. CNTs are still undoubted protagonists in nanotechnology research, and the bulk of new insights together with the progress of characterization techniques and computing science is revealing that much has yet to come. New synthetic protocols for CNTs and the broad interest in them have already caused a drop in the cost of these carbon nanostructures, and new discoveries will continue to propel CNTs as valuable building blocks in the assembly of materials with unprecedented properties.

This Special Issue of Catalysts will define new frontiers of this fascinating material, with an emphasis on the benefits of using CNTs in the formulation of high-performance heterogeneous catalysts. While catalysis will be the main subject, the Issue will feature studies with some novelty in the modification of CNTs for other applications.

Dr. Michele Melchionna
Dr. Daniel Iglesias
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Carbon nanotubes
  • Heterogeneous catalysis
  • Photocatalysis
  • Electrocatalysis
  • Supports
  • Doping
  • Nanohybrids
  • Nanocomposites

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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