Special Issue "CO2 Capture and / or Its Transformation into Fuels or Valuable Chemicals"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 February 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Benoît Louis Website E-Mail
Directeur de recherches CNRS, ICPEES - Institut de Chimie et Procédés pour l'Énergie, l'Environnement et la Santé, Energy and Fuels for a Sustainable Environment Team, UMR 7515 CNRS - Université de Strasbourg - ECPM, 25 rue Becquerel F-67087 Strasbourg cedex 2, France
Interests: acid catalysis; CO2 capture; sustainable fuels; catalysis; zeolites
Guest Editor
Prof. Qiang Wang Website E-Mail
Environmental Functional Nanomaterials (EFN) Lab, College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Beijing Forestry University, P.O. Box 60, 35 Qinghua East Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100083, China
Phone: 86-13699130626
Interests: CO2 capture and utilization; environmental catalysis; functional materials; layered double hydroxide; nanocomposites
Guest Editor
Prof. Anne-Cécile Roger Website E-Mail
Laboratoire des Matériaux, Surfaces et Procédés pour la Catalyse, LMSPC-ECPM, 25 rue Becquerel, 67087 Strasbourg Cedex 2, France
Interests: catalysis; mixed oxides; sustainable fuels, methanation, chemical engineering
Guest Editor
Prof. Heriberto Pfeiffer Website E-Mail
Laboratorio de Fisicoquímica y Reactividad de Superficies (LaFReS), Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Cd. Universitaria, Del. Coyoacán, Ciudad de México, Mexico
Interests: catalysis; sustainable fuels; CO2 capture; pre-combustion processes

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the last century, life expectancy has doubled, and most human-related activities have dramatically improved with respect to security and comfort. Unfortunately, despite the enormous benefits, industrial production schemes and consumption patterns are mostly based on nonrecycled sources of energy. Additionally, less than 0.1% of CO2 produced by anthropogenic means is recycled or mitigated.

The ever-increasing CO2 concentration in the atmosphere leading to global warming is one of the main problems that humankind has to face during the 21st century. To avoid the fact that sooner or later, humanity will directly start to suffer from it, there is an urgent need to reduce this CO2 level by its capture at the main sources of emissions, such as coal-fired power plants, and even better, to try to sequestrate it directly from the atmosphere.

In addition to CO2 capture, it is now mandatory to design efficient catalysts, in order to set new processes for its chemical valorization into either fuels (methane, methanol, dimethylether) or key building blocks like olefins, aromatics, epoxides, carbonates, etc.

This Special Issue is devoted to presenting the central catalytic role into the aforementioned topics, for example:

- CO2 capture;

- CO2 platform chemistry based on CO2 as a reactant: To produce as a formic acid, CO, methanol and methane, cyclic carbonates, etc.

- Reduction of gas emissions related to CO2 mitigation processes (NOx and SOx).

Dr. Benoît Louis
Prof. Qiang Wang
Prof. Anne-Cécile Roger
Prof. Heriberto Pfeiffer
Guest Editors

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  • CO2 capture
  • CO2 conversion
  • solid sorbents
  • methanation
  • heterogeneous Catalysis
  • mitigation of greenhouse gases

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Performance Analysis of Biocathode in Bioelectrochemical CO2 Reduction
Catalysts 2019, 9(8), 683; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal9080683 - 12 Aug 2019
Microbial electrosynthesis (MES) biogas upgrading is done via reduction of carbon dioxide to methane through electroactive microbial catalysis. The baseline MES mode of operation showed about a 39% increase in the methane production rate compared to the open circuit mode of operation. MES [...] Read more.
Microbial electrosynthesis (MES) biogas upgrading is done via reduction of carbon dioxide to methane through electroactive microbial catalysis. The baseline MES mode of operation showed about a 39% increase in the methane production rate compared to the open circuit mode of operation. MES is capable of producing acetic acid at relatively more negative potential (−0.80 to –0.90 V vs. Standard Hydrogen Electrode (SHE)) than the potential at which it produces methane (−0.65 V vs. SHE). The optimum pH for enhancing the electroactive acetogens is found to be around 6.8–7.0 while a pH of around 7.0–7.5 enhances the electroactive methanogens performance. The biocathode adaptation test reveals that 45% of the methane was produced through the electrochemical pathway with a coulombic efficiency of 100% while maintaining heterotrophic efficiency above 99%. Full article
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