Special Issue "In Situ and Operando Vibrational Spectroscopy in Catalysis"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Davide Ferri Website E-Mail
Paul Scherrer Institute, OLGA/411, CH-5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland
Interests: heterogeneous catalysis; environmental catalysis; operando spectroscopy; IR spectroscopy; perovskite-type oxides; functional materials
Guest Editor
Dr. Matteo Signorile Website E-Mail
Dipartimento di Chimica, NIS e INSTM, Università di Torino, Via P. Giuria 7, IT-10125, Torino, Italy
Interests: in situ/operando spectroscopy; vibrational spectroscopy; resonance Raman spectroscopy; zeolite-based catalysts; DFT molecular modelling; heterogeneous catalysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Adsorption processes and heterogeneously catalyzed reactions take place at the surface of materials. Because of the low radiation energy involved, vibrational spectroscopies remain indispensable techniques providing unique information on key surface properties, including the molecular structure of active sites and the nature of acid and basic sites. This Special Issue on “In situ and operando vibrational spectroscopy” will provide updates on the recent advances in our understanding of catalytic and adsorption processes, taking place at the gas–solid and liquid-phase interfaces, using vibrational spectroscopy. Topics related to in situ characterization, operando characterization, elucidation of reaction mechanisms, adsorption, time-resolved experiments, modulation-type experiments, and isotope exchange will be of interest. Contributions to this Special Issue are expected to include structural analysis and properties assessment of active sites in catalysts and sorbents. Characterization of surface species during reaction would be just ideal. Submissions to this Special Issue are welcome in the form of original research papers or short reviews reflecting knowledge in the field of characterization of materials within the following thematic subjects: catalytic processes; adsorption for capture/storage/separation applications; processes on minerals and soils; electrocatalysis; and structure by in situ/operando spectroscopy.

Dr. Davide Ferri
Dr. Matteo Signorile
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • vibrational spectroscopy
  • in situ
  • operando
  • heterogeneous catalysis
  • materials
  • reaction mechanism
  • active site
  • surface properties
  • structure–activity relation

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

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: Operando Infrared Spectroscopic study on CO2 Methanation Catalysts
Author: Per-Anders Carlsson

Title: Operando Investigation of the Toluene Combustion on Palladium-Gold supported on ceria catalysts
Authors: Aline Villarreal, Sebastian Collins
Abstract: Toluene total oxidation on monometallic Au/CeO2 and Pd/CeO2, and bimetallic PdAu/CeO2, catalysts was investigated by an operando DRIFT-MS. These catalytic systems were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, CO adsorption by FTIR and UV-Vis spectroscopy. An optimized plug-flow DRIFT cell was employed in order to obtain quantitative kinetic information of the surface concentration of surface intermediates. The results of catalytic activity indicate that there is a synergy between both metals, showing a higher activity in the bimetallic system (Pd-Au/CeO2). Operando Modulation Excitation DRIFT Spectroscopy (MES) was employed to investigate the reaction mechanism. Benzaldehyde and carbenium ion were indentified as key reaction intermediates.

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