Novel Nanocatalysts for Sustainable and Green Chemistry

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

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Interests: sustainable homogeneous and supported catalysis; oxidation catalysis; green synthesis of metallic nanoparticles; mechanochemistry (synthesis and catalysis); molecular electrochemistry
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Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to invite you to contribute to the upcoming Special Issue "Novel Nanocatalysts for Sustainable and Green Chemistry," where we aim to showcase cutting-edge research at the intersection of nanotechnology and environmentally friendly chemistry. As the Guest Editor, I recognize the indispensable role that nanocatalysts play in advancing sustainable practices within chemical processes. This Special Issue provides a unique platform for researchers to disseminate their pioneering findings, methodologies, and advancements in the design and application of novel nanocatalysts, with a dedicated emphasis on promoting green and sustainable chemistry.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

- The synthesis and characterization of new nanocatalysts;

- Catalytic processes for green and sustainable chemistry;

- The environmental impact and life cycle analysis of nanocatalysts;

- The integration of nanotechnology in industrial processes for eco-friendly production.

Contributions from diverse perspectives and research backgrounds are highly encouraged to foster a comprehensive understanding of this crucial field. Join us in shaping the future of sustainable chemistry by submitting your latest research to this Special Issue. I look forward to your valuable contributions.

Dr. Elisabete C.B.A. Alegria
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  • nanocatalysis
  • sustainable chemistry
  • nanostructured catalyst design
  • biocompatible nanocatalysts
  • eco-friendly catalytic processes
  • industrial sustainability
  • nanomaterials for carbon capture
  • green nanotechnology

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Platinum-Modified Rod-like Titania Mesocrystals with Enhanced Photocatalytic Activity
by Zhishun Wei, Yuanyuan Ji, Zuzanna Bielan, Xin Yue, Yuqi Xu, Jiajie Sun, Sha Chen, Guoqiang Yi, Ying Chang and Ewa Kowalska
Catalysts 2024, 14(4), 283; - 22 Apr 2024
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Photocatalysis is considered as an environmentally friendly method for both solar energy conversion and environmental purification of water, wastewater, air, and surfaces. Among various photocatalytic materials, titania is still the most widely investigated and applied, but more efforts must be carried out considering [...] Read more.
Photocatalysis is considered as an environmentally friendly method for both solar energy conversion and environmental purification of water, wastewater, air, and surfaces. Among various photocatalytic materials, titania is still the most widely investigated and applied, but more efforts must be carried out considering the synthesis of highly efficient photocatalysts for multifarious applications. It is thought that nanoengineering design of titania morphology might be the best solution. Accordingly, here, titania mesocrystals, assembled from crystallographically oriented nanocrystals, have been synthesized by an easy, cheap, and “green” solvothermal method (without the use of surfactants and templates), followed by simple annealing. The obtained materials have been characterized by various methods, including transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS). It has been found that the as-obtained photocatalysts exhibit a unique nanorod-like subunit structure with excellent crystalline and surface properties. However, pristine titania is hardly active for a hydrogen evolution reaction, and thus additional modification has been performed by platinum photodeposition (and silver as a reference). Indeed, the modification with only 2 wt% of noble metals results in a significant enhancement in activity, i.e., ca. 75 and 550 times by silver- and platinum-modified samples, respectively, reaching the corresponding reaction rates of 37 μmol h−1 and 276 μmol h−1. Additionally, titania mesocrystals exhibit high oxidation power under simulated solar light irradiation for the degradation of antibiotics within the tetracycline group (tetracycline (TC), ciprofloxacin (CIP), norfloxacin (NOR) and oxytetracycline hydrochloride (OTC)). It has been found that both experimental results and the density functional theory (DFT) calculations confirm the high ability of titania mesocrystals for oxidative decomposition of tetracycline antibiotics. Full article
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