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Special Issue "Catalytic Transformation of Renewables (Olefin, Bio-sourced, et. al)"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 February 2020.
Dr. Nikolaos Dimitratos Website E-Mail
School of Chemistry, Cardiff Catalysis Institute, Cardiff University, Main Building, Park Place, Cardiff, Wales, CF10 3AT, UK
Interests: heterogeneous catalysis; catalysis for energy; H2 production; CO2 transformation to methanol; supported metal nanoparticles; heteropolyacids; biomass conversion; bifunctional catalysts; size and shape control of metal colloids; in situ and operando spectroscopy; advanced characterisation using synchrotron and neutron techniques
Prof. Stefania Albonetti Website E-Mail
Dipartimento di Chimica Industriale "Toso Montanari", Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna, Viale Risorgimento 4, 40136 Bologna, Italy
Interests: metal nanoparticles; heterogeneous catalysis; nanostructured metal oxides; Heteropolyacids; biomass transformation; HMF oxidation
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
In recent decades, a wide variety of biomass-derived chemicals have emerged as key platform chemicals for the production of fine chemicals and liquid fuels. Heterogeneous catalysts are the preferred option for most of the developed and proposed catalytic processes. A range of heterogeneous catalysts have been evaluated for effective biomass conversion, such as supported metal nanoparticles, mixed metal oxides and zeolites, where the control of particle size, porosity, acid-basic and redox properties are crucial for providing active, stable and selective heterogeneous catalysts. Moreover, the crucial role of the solvent, choice of reactor design and final chemical processes for controlling activity, selectivity and deactivation phenomena has been demonstrated.
We invite the scientific community to submit their contributions in the form of original research articles and review articles that could seek an excellent interaction between solid catalysts and their applications in biomass transformation on selected topics. We are particularly interested in articles describing:
1) Furfural transformation
2) HMF transformation
3) Bioethanol production from biomass
4) Olefin production from biomass-derived molecules
5) Deactivation studies using in situ and ex situ spectroscopic techniques
6) Computational modeling and simulation of biomass-derived processes
Dr. Nikolaos Dimitratos
Prof. Stefania Albonetti
Dr. Tommaso Tabanelli
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- Biomass transformation
- Fine chemicals and fuels
- Heterogeneous catalysts
- Deactivation studies
- In situ/operando studies
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: Hydrogenation of Furfural to Furfuryl alcohol promoted by TiO2-Al2O3 mixed nanocluster: A DFT study
Abstract: Single (TiO2)n and (Al2O3)m oxide clusters have been studied extensively in catalysis for biofuels. However, clusters based on mixed oxides have not been reported. In this work we perform a global optimization study of the low-lying isomers of the (TiO2)5+(Al2O3)4 mixed oxide cluster. Inspired by experimental backgrounds, the proposed mixed oxide complex has fifty-fifty mass ratio i.e. 5 atomic mass units of TiO2 are equivalent to 4 units of Al2O3. Structural determination of the putative global minimum will be accompanied of a reactivity study by Fukui indexes. Catalytic versatility of proposed complex is demonstrated for conversion of furfural into furfuranol using methods based on the DFT. Hydrogenation was explicitly included studying the H2 adsorption in the complex. The conversion energetic parameters associated with the complex were compared by replacing it with the global minimum reported for the (TiO2)10 cluster.
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