Special Issue "Frontiers in Heterogeneous Catalysis for Sustainable Chemical Transformations"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Simon Freakley Website E-Mail
Department of Chemistry, University of Bath, 1 South, Claverton Down, Bath, BA2 7AY, UK
Interests: selective oxidation/reduction; catalyst preparation; supported nanoparticle catalysts, in situ spectroscopy
Guest Editor
Dr. Simon Kondrat Website E-Mail
Department of Chemistry, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU, UK
Interests: Catalyst preparation; Catalyst promotion and poisoning; metal nanoparticle and metal oxide catalysts, operando spectroscopy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Heterogeneous catalysis has played a crucial role in the development of modern society by facilitating commodities produced from petrochemicals, the upgrading of petroleum for fuel and energy applications, and the production of fertilizers to feed the growing population. In the future, catalysis will play an increasing role in the shift to utilizing renewable energy effectively to make chemicals.

The need to minimize the environmental impacts of producing our chemical commodities is becoming increasingly urgent. There is a great opportunity for heterogeneous catalysis to accelerate the shift towards a circular economy where our chemicals will be produced from sustainable feedstocks, with lower energy demands and with more focus on producing materials that can be easily recycled back into the chemical supply chain.

We invite submissions on a wide range of subjects concerning sustainable chemical transformations, including but not limited to selective oxidation/hydrogenation, novel catalyst preparations, conversions of renewable feedstock, catalysts for clean energy conversion into chemicals and polymer degradation into useful starting materials.

All these research areas will help drive progress in the transition towards a society where we can produce the materials we need in a sustainable manner as we transition towards a chemical industry with greater integration between raw material and final products.

Dr. Simon Freakley
Dr. Simon Kondrat
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Heterogeneous Catalysis
  • Sustainable Chemistry
  • Bio-Renewable Feedstocks
  • Energy
  • Circular Economy
  • Catalyst Preparation

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Fly Ash-Based Geopolymers as Sustainable Bifunctional Heterogeneous Catalysts and Their Reactivity in Friedel-Crafts Acylation Reactions
Catalysts 2019, 9(4), 372; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal9040372 - 19 Apr 2019
Abstract
This study presents the synthesis, characteristics and catalytic reactivity of sustainable bifunctional heterogeneous catalysts derived from coal fly ash-based geopolymer, particularly those with a high Ca content (C-class) fly ash. The developed catalysts were synthesized at room temperature and pressure in a simple [...] Read more.
This study presents the synthesis, characteristics and catalytic reactivity of sustainable bifunctional heterogeneous catalysts derived from coal fly ash-based geopolymer, particularly those with a high Ca content (C-class) fly ash. The developed catalysts were synthesized at room temperature and pressure in a simple ecologically-benign procedure and their reactivity was evaluated in the Friedel-Crafts acylation of various arenes. These catalysts can be produced with multilevel porous architecture, and a combination of acidic and redox active sites allowing their use as bifunctional catalysts. The acidic sites (Lewis and Brønsted acidic sites) were generated within the catalyst framework by ion-exchange followed by thermal treatment, and redox sites that originated from the catalytically reactive fly ash components. The developed catalysts demonstrated higher reactivity than other commonly used solid catalysts such as Metal-zeolite and Metal-mesoporous silicate, heteropolyacids and zeolite imidazole frameworks (ZIF). Full article
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