Special Issue "Functional Organic-Inorganic Interfaces for Enhancing Catalysis"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Gloria Berlier

Università di Torino, NIS Centre (Nanostructured Surfaces and Interfaces), Department of Chemistry, Torino, Italy
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Interests: heterogeneous catalysis; organic–inorganic interfaces; porous materials; operando/in situ spectroscopy; structure–property correlations
Guest Editor
Prof. Enrica Gianotti

Department of Sciences and Technological Innovation, University of Eastern Piedmont, Alessandria, Italy
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Interests: heterogeneous catalysis; organic–inorganic interfaces; synthesis of nanomaterials; in situ physicochemical characterization
Guest Editor
Dr. Valentina Crocellà

Università di Torino, NIS Centre (Nanostructured Surfaces and Interfaces), Department of Chemistry, Torino, Italy
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Interests: heterogeneous catalysis; organic–inorganic interfaces; operando/in situ spectroscopy; synthesis of multifunctional porous materials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The demand for materials with particular and specific physico-chemical properties is constantly increasing. Thus, new multifunctional hybrid systems (based on inorganic oxides, organic moieties, metallic complexes or polymers) are being synthesised for a wide range of applications. Organic–inorganic hybrids may combine the advantages of inorganic solids (high mechanical, thermal and structural stability) and organic molecules or macromolecules (flexibility and functionality). This is particularly important in the field of catalysis, due to the intrinsic limitations of heterogeneous (nature of active sites and related catalytic performance) and homogeneous catalysts, which can catalyze a larger variety of reactions with high selectivity but suffer from recyclability issues. Moreover, multifunctional hybrid catalysts can be designed for tandem or cascade reactions. This has opened a fascinating field of research, with unprecedented complexity degrees related to the organic–inorganic interface. This Special Issue of Catalysts is aimed at providing an overview on the many aspects of hybrid catalysts, including smart design, advanced synthetic approaches, catalytic activity, physico-chemical characterization (including in situ and operando studies), computational modeling and structure-properties correlations.

We invite you to submit a full paper, communication or review article to this Special Issue, "Functional Organic–Inorganic Interfaces for Enhancing Catalysis ".

Dr. Gloria Berlier
Prof. Enrica Gianotti
Dr. Valentina Crocellà
Guest Editors

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  • Heterogeneous Catalysis
  • Hybrid Materials and Processes
  • Functional materials
  • Bifunctional and Cooperative Catalysis
  • Organic-inorganic interfaces
  • Interface characterization
  • Molecular scale characterization
  • In situ studies of surface interactions
  • Operando Spectroscopy
  • Computational modeling

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: Investigating the role of silica-anchored cyclodextrin derivatives to stabilize catalytically active copper and palladium species
Authors: Berlier, E. Borfecchia F. Calsolaro, G. Cravotto, K. Martina, J. Menzio, M. J. Moran Plata, C. Negri
Affiliation: Dipartimento di Scienza e Tecnologia del Farmaco, University of Turin, Italy
Department of Chemistry and NIS centre, University of Turin, Italy
Abstract: Supported metallic species have appeared as valuable catalysts in green chemistry because their high efficiency enable a wide applicability even at industrial scale. Silica is a versatile support capable to host metals enhancing stability and reactivity. Organic-inorganic hybrid materials have been widely used in this field and an efficient grafting of cyclodextrin onto the inorganic silica surface has been recently object of our study. In the present work we report the preparation of new solid supported copper and palladium catalysts mono or bimetallic. With the aim to effectively immobilize and stabilize the catalyst we exploited the features of β-CD derivative. The prepared catalysts were characterized about their physico-chemical properties by means of structural, textural and spectroscopic techniques, with the aim to investigate the structure of the β-CD stabilized metal species and to correlate their properties (dispersion, nuclearity, coordination and oxidation state) to their activity. To this aim, the catalyst were tested in coupling and in CH activation reactions, as well as in Cu(II) catalysed procedures.


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