Special Issue "Green Chemistry and Environmental Processes"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Francisco José Maldonado-Hódar Website E-Mail
Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences. University of Granada, Granada, Spain
Interests: carbon nanomaterials and nanocomposites; synergism between phases; adsorption; environmental catalysis
Guest Editor
Dr. Sónia Alexandra Correia Carabineiro Website E-Mail
Universidade de Lisboa, Instituto Superior Técnico, Centro de Química Estrutural, Lisboa, Portugal
Interests: catalysis; oxidation; abatement; carbon materials; metal oxides
Guest Editor
Dr. Sergio Morales-Torres Website E-Mail
Department of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Granada, Granada, Spain
Phone: +34-958243235
Interests: nanostructured carbon materials; structured catalysts and membranes; advanced oxidation processes; air/water treatment; desalination

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Over the last few decades, the occurrence of contaminants of emerging concern in natural effluents, i.e., water and air, is maintaining high levels. The exponentially growing population, global warming, economic expansion, and intensive agricultural practices will undoubtedly aggravate this scenario for years to come. Thus, together with the reduction of actual pollution levels, the development of new and environmentally friendly production methods is needed. Green chemistry is based on the utilization of a set of principles that reduces or eliminates the use or generation of hazardous substances in the design, manufacture, and application of chemical products. Alternatively, clean production can be also achieved by efficient treatment of effluents. The design and the optimization of novel synthesis/treatment processes, especially catalyzed processes, using different approaches, such as photo-, electro-, sono- or classical thermal-activated processes are highly in demand, because active and selective catalysts diminish the consumption of energy and chemicals and avoid separation procedures, thus improving the economy and safety of the planet. Advanced oxidation technologies (AOTs) have been demonstrated to be efficient in the removal of this type of contaminants from water. They are based on the generation of highly oxidizing radicals, which destroy the pollutant molecules. Among them, heterogeneous photocatalysis, Fenton processes, catalytic ozonation, and catalytic wet air oxidation have gained importance in the last few years. Air treatment can be also achieved by different catalytic processes, depending on the contaminant to be removed. For instance, catalytic combustion of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and particulate materials (soot), catalytic reduction of NOx, SOx, and COx, and dehalogenation, among others, have been used for the treatment of polluted air streams.  

This Special Issue will be devoted to the development of novel catalysts by conventional or advanced procedures, their characterization though a broad spectrum of techniques, and their application in green synthesis procedures or treatment of air and water effluents. The optimization and the analysis of the operating parameters of these processes are also of high interest. 

It is our pleasure to invite you to submit a manuscript to this Special Issue. Full papers, short communications, and reviews are welcome.   

Prof. Francisco José Maldonado-Hódar
Dr. Sónia A.C. Carabineiro
Dr. Sergio Morales Torres
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Design and development of catalysts and processes
  • Physical and chemical characterization
  • Green synthesis processes
  • Water treatment
  • Air treatment
  • Advanced oxidation processes
  • Selective reduction processes
  • Photo-, sono-, electro- and thermal catalysis

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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