Special Issue "Mechanochemistry and Mechanocatalysis"

A special issue of Catalysts (ISSN 2073-4344).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Elisabete C.B.A. Alegria Website E-Mail
1. Chemical Engineering Departament, Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa, Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal. 2. Centro de Química Estrutural, Complexo I, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal
Interests: coordination chemistry; sustainable homogeneous and supported catalysis; green synthesis of metallic nanoparticles; mechanochemistry (synthesis and catalysis); molecular electrochemistry
Guest Editor
Dr. Maximilian N. Kopylovich Website E-Mail
Centro de Química Estrutural, Complexo I, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal
Interests: coordination chemistry; metal-mediated (template) synthesis, catalysis; alcohol oxidation; nitrile transformation; mechanochemistry; noncovalent interactions

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Chemical transformations induced through the input of mechanical energy (i.e., by compression, friction, shearing, stretching, grinding, etc.) are remarkable since they provide a relatively simple and direct synthetic method with use of little or no solvent, thus allowing one to prepare new molecules and materials, which are normally difficult to attain in solution. Moreover, mechanochemical procedures can induce interactions of inherently insoluble materials and allow one to eliminate laborious purification steps. Furthermore, energy consumption upon mechanochemical activation is generally lower than in conventional solution-based procedures, if the energy required to produce and recycle solvents is taken into consideration. Other important features of mechanochemical synthesis include increased reaction rates, lower reaction temperatures, higher yields and selectivities, overall simplicity, and cost. Enhancement of the above features can be performed by ‘mechanocatalysis’, where a ‘mechanocatalyst’ exploits the provided mechanical energy in a particular way and thus significantly changes the outcome of the mechanochemical reactions. Accordingly, the elaboration and application of new catalytic systems responsive to mechanical energy input is proposed as a theme for this Special Issue.

Prof. Dr. Elisabete C.B.A. Alegria
Dr. Maximilian N. Kopylovich
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Mechanochemical synthesis
  • Mechanocatalytic reactions
  • Mechanocatalysts
  • Smart materials
  • Dynamic catalysis
  • Mechanoresponsive catalytic systems

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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