Special Issue "Sustainable and Environmental Catalysis"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Raffaele Cucciniello Website E-Mail
Ministero dell’istruzione, dell’università e della ricerca, Viale Trastevere, 76, 00153 Roma, Italy
Interests: environmental catalysis; green chemistry; biomass conversion and valorisation; sampling and catalytic degradation of environmental pollutants
Guest Editor
Dr. Daniele Cespi Website E-Mail
Coordinator Sustainability Activities, NIER Ingegneria SpA, Via C. Bonazzi 2 - 40013 - Castel Maggiore, Bologna, Italy
Interests: sustainable development; green chemistry; life-cycle assessment (LCA); bio-based industry and products; ISO certification and labelling
Guest Editor
Dr. Tommaso Tabanelli Website E-Mail
Industrial Chemistry Department “Toso Montanari”, Università di Bologna, Viale del Risorgimento 4, 40136 Bologna, Italy
Interests: catalysis; green chemistry; organic carbonates; biomass valorisation; catalytic transfer hydrogenation; selective oxidations; continuous flow processes

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Over the last few decades, an increasing amount of interest from academia and industry has been devoted to the application of the 12 Principles of the Green Chemistry in order to pursue the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They are based on the fundamental idea of guiding research and innovation toward more environmentally-friendly practices and solutions. This Special Issue, entitled Sustainable and Environmental Catalysis, will collect original research papers, reviews, short communications, and commentaries reflecting the state-of-the-art and future applications in this field, with particular emphasis on the adoption of green chemistry principles at both a laboratory and industrial scale.

Submissions are especially welcome on (but not limited to) the following topics:

Innovative catalytic processes (both batch and continuous flow) for the valorization of (i) bio-based platform molecules, (ii) wastes, and (iii) industrial processes byproducts;

Catalytic elimination of environmental pollutants;

Preparation, activation–deactivation, characterization, and regeneration of environmental catalysts;

Catalytic reactions to convert wastes into useful products;

Application and characterization of heterogeneous catalysts for the replacement of toxic chemicals for the development of green and environmentally friendly processes.

Manuscripts concerning the application of a life-cycle perspective aimed at evaluating the sustainability of innovative catalytic systems and reaction pathways are strongly encouraged. Issues such as bio-based industry and green chemistry are welcomed.

Prof. Raffaele Cucciniello

Dr. Daniele Cespi

Dr. Tommaso Tabanelli

Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Environmental catalysis
  • Sustainable catalysis
  • Heterogeneous catalysis
  • Continuous flow processes
  • Biomass valorization and bio-based industry
  • Green chemistry principles
  • Life-cycle assessment (LCA)
  • Wastes to value-added products.

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Oxidative Degradation of Trichloroethylene over Fe2O3-doped Mayenite: Chlorine Poisoning Mitigation and Improved Catalytic Performance
Catalysts 2019, 9(9), 747; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal9090747 - 05 Sep 2019
Mayenite was recently successfully employed as an active catalyst for trichloroethylene (TCE) oxidation. It was effective in promoting the conversion of TCE in less harmful products (CO2 and HCl) with high activity and selectivity. However, there is a potential limitation to the [...] Read more.
Mayenite was recently successfully employed as an active catalyst for trichloroethylene (TCE) oxidation. It was effective in promoting the conversion of TCE in less harmful products (CO2 and HCl) with high activity and selectivity. However, there is a potential limitation to the use of mayenite in the industrial degradation of chlorinated compounds—its limited operating lifespan owing to chlorine poisoning of the catalyst. To overcome this problem, in this work, mayenite-based catalysts loaded with iron (Fe/mayenite) were prepared and tested for TCE oxidation in a gaseous phase. The catalysts were characterized using different physico-chemical techniques, including XRD, ICP, N2-sorption (BET), H2-TPR analysis, SEM-EDX, XPS FESEM-EDS, and Raman. Fe/mayenite was found to be more active and stable than the pure material for TCE oxidation, maintaining the same selectivity. This result was interpreted as the synergistic effect of the metal and the oxo-anionic species present in the mayenite framework, thus promoting TCE oxidation, while avoiding catalyst deactivation. Full article
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