Special Issue "Engineering Materials for Catalysis"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 October 2021.
Interests: heterogeneous catalysis; environmental catalysis; reaction kinetics and mechanisms; synthesis and characterization of catalysts; process development and intensification
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Interests: heterogeneous catalysis; design and development of catalysts; structure–property–performance relationships; environmental and energy technologies
Interests: surface science; model and applied heterogeneous catalysis; environmental catalysis; in situ/operando spectroscopy and microscopy; synchrotron methods
Catalysis is a key enabling technology for achieving efficient, economic, and more sustainable utilization of resources. It provides lower energy processes, reduced waste and pollution, as well as improved selectivity in producing added-value products. About 90 % of all chemical processes use catalysts. Heterogeneous catalysts are already a key component in many processes, from petrochemical conversions to catalytic converters, and enable significant benefits such as catalyst/product separation, reuse, and recyclability. As the world moves towards more sustainable technologies and feedstocks to ensure a cleaner future, heterogeneous catalysts will definitely play an even bigger role. This opens the door to the engineering of novel, next-generation multifunctional catalysts, or even requires looking to the past to redesign more traditional catalysts to meet new challenges. In this regard, designing advanced materials at the atomic scale, an understanding of structure–activity and structure–selectivity relationships, and multiscale modelling aspects are of significant importance.
This Special Issue will feature selected contributions presented at the 2020 Summer School of the European Federation of Catalysis Societies (EFCATS, https://skd2020.chem-soc.si/en/2020-efcats-summer-school/), entitled “Engineering Materials for Catalysis” and held from 15–19 September, 2020 in Grand Hotel Bernardin Convention Center, Portorož-Portorose, Slovenia, but is also open to general contributions from the catalysis community. Articles will particularly encompass the following topics: (i) synthesis and characterization of heterogeneous catalysts, (ii) in situ and operando studies, (iii) synchrotron studies, (iv) modelling and multiscale modelling, (v) applications in photocatalysis, (vi) applications in electrocatalysis, and (vii) catalysis in industry.
Prof. Dr. Albin Pintar
Prof. Dr. Nataša Novak Tušar
Prof. Dr. Günther Rupprechter
Manuscript Submission Information
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- heterogeneous catalysis
- catalyst synthesis and characterization
- operando studies
- synchrotron studies
- structure–property–performance relationships
- multiscale modelling
- industrial applications
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Infrared thermography as an operando tool for the analysis of catalytic processes: how to use it?
Authors: Emanuele Moiolia,b, Robin Mutschlera,b, Andreas Züttela,b
Affiliation: aLaboratory of Materials for Renewable Energy (LMER), Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering (ISIC), Basic Science Faculty (SB), École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) Valais/Wallis, Energypolis, Sion, Switzerland bEmpa Materials Science & Technology, Dübendorf, Switzerland
Abstract: Infrared (IR) thermography is a powerful tool for the measurement of temperature with high space and time resolution. The application of this technique for the operando study of catalytic reactions can open the way to the unveiling of new phenomena occurring on the catalyst surface, in particular in dynamic conditions. This paper presents the guidelines for the development of a system that can efficiently exploit the potential of infrared thermography. First, the necessary properties of the catalytic reactor are described. As operando investigation requires identical conditions as the real processes, special equipment must be used to simulate the real reactive conditions. Here, we provide the guidelines to assemble a chemical reactor with an appropriate window to be coupled with the infrared camera. Second, we analyze the requirements of the catalytic system to be directly observable by IR thermography. This includes the need for a catalyst that provides a sufficiently high heat production (or absorption) rate. We will present selected examples of catalytic reactions that can be monitored by IR thermography in an appropriate reactor and observe new phenomena that were not revealed before with the use of standard operando techniques.