Catalysis for Reducing Carbon Footprint and Environmental Impacts

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

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Departamento de Química Inorgánica y Orgánica, Universidad Jaume I, Avda. Sos Baynat, s/n, 12071 Castelló de la Plana, Spain
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Instituto de Tecnología Química, Universitat Politècnica de València, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Av. Los Naranjos s/n, E-46022 Valencia, Spain
Interests: catalysis; materials; redox chemistry; one-pot; fine chemistry; CO2 valorization
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Dear Colleagues,

In the coming decades, the world’s economy must face the challenge of a rapid reduction in CO2 emissions that will affect all sectors. In this context, the chemistry sector, which plays an important role in terms of energy consumption and CO2 emissions, has long made significant efforts to improve energy efficiency and reduce fossil fuel consumption, especially in adapting new production processes without losing competitiveness in order to reduce CO2 emissions.

Within this sector, catalysis can contribute to this objective on several fronts: on the one hand, by reducing the energetic requirement of any process, and on the other, by finding more efficient and economically more competitive synthetic pathways.

Thus, catalysis refers to any process that serves to facilitate reactions. Used intensively by the industry, it allows obtaining a product at a higher quantity in less time and with less generated waste. Thus, in the context of the energy crisis, the high prices of some energy sources, the possible depletion of fossil fuels, and the fight against climate change, catalysis is hugely relevant. In addition, catalysts make it possible for other raw materials that were not used before to be used through different synthetic routes (i.e., wastes as a source of raw materials). For example, the employment of molecules from biomass that are commonly regarded as “waste material” (from the animal and plant world) has paved the way for developing new green strategies for the valorization of wastes as a strategy to reduce the carbon footprint.

Now, there remains the great challenge of making them economically competitive to be applied at a commercial level; this is precisely where our Special Issue is framed.

Dr. Belén Altava
Dr. Maria J. Sabater
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Keywords

  • catalyst
  • biomass
  • recycling
  • regeneration
  • reuse
  • efficiency
  • CO2 valorization

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Chiral Catalysts for the Enantioselective Carbon Dioxide-Based Cyclic Carbonates and Polycarbonates
by Belén Altava, Francisco G. Cirujano and Eduardo García-Verdugo
Catalysts 2023, 13(11), 1441; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal13111441 - 14 Nov 2023
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Using carbon dioxide as a feedstock for synthesizing organic molecules with added value can contribute to a more sustainable chemical industry since CO2 is an abundant, inexpensive, and nontoxic renewable carbon resource. In this regard, the synthesis of cyclic carbonates and related [...] Read more.
Using carbon dioxide as a feedstock for synthesizing organic molecules with added value can contribute to a more sustainable chemical industry since CO2 is an abundant, inexpensive, and nontoxic renewable carbon resource. In this regard, the synthesis of cyclic carbonates and related organic compounds from CO2 as building blocks has been widely studied, and less attention has been paid to their stereocontrolled process. Therefore, this review focuses on the recent development of enantioselective catalysts for the CO2-mediated formation of chiral organic carbonates. Full article
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