Special Issue "Innovative Catalysts for (Photo) Electrocatalytic Conversion of N2 to NH3"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Mostafa A. El-Sayed

Julius Brown Chair and Regents’ Professor,
Laser Dynamics Laboratory, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA
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Interests: Nanocatalysis; Nitrogen Fixation; Ammonia Production; Photocatalysis; Electrocatalysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Developing an efficient photo-electro-catalyst that greatly increases the rate of artificial nitrogen fixation for ammonia production through an energy-efficient and environmentally friendly technique is vital for energy and agriculture-based industries. Production of sustainable nitrogen-based fertilizers (ammonia and nitrate) and/or energy-dense carbon-neutral liquid fuels using electrical energy from renewable sources (e.g., solar and wind) is critical for energy economics and national security. This will make the fertilizer production open to more customers in remote areas and reduce the energy emissions. Direct capture of nitrogen from the air and its conversion to fertilizers or fuels using electricity and/or solar energy offers a mean for mitigating global warming and supporting future energy demands.

Prof. Mostafa A. El-Sayed
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Electrocatalytic conversion of N2 to NH3
  • Photocatalytic conversion of N2 to NH3
  • Reaction mechanism in nitrogen fixation cycle
  • Innovative catalysts for electro-oxidation of ammonia
  • Innovative catalysts for electro-reduction of nitrate

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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