Special Issue "Additive Manufacturing for Catalytic Applications"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Oscar H. Laguna Website 1 Website 2 E-Mail
Departamento de Ingeniería Química, Ambiental y de los Materiales, Universidad de Jaén, Campus Científico Tecnológico de Linares, Avda. de la Ciencia s/n, 23700 Linares – Jaén, Spain
Interests: materials science; catalysis; microreaction technology; additive manufacturing; 3D-printing; CO2 capture and utilization CCU; CO2 recycling; noble metal catalysts
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Francisco Antonio Corpas Iglesias Website 1 Website 2 E-Mail
Departamento de Ingeniería Química, Ambiental y de los Materiales, Universidad de Jaén, Campus Científico Tecnológico de Linares, Avda. de la Ciencia s/n, 23700 Linares – Jaén, Spain
Interests: materials science; advanced materials; materials engineering; additive manufacturing; 3D-printing; metallurgical engineering; mining engineering; recycling of materials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Currently, we are living the latest industrial revolution, known as Industry 4.0, where the combination of the amazing advances and new technologies is promising for the achievement of very important goals in several scenarios aiming a better quality of life worldwide. However, the historical success of Industry 4.0 will depend, not only on its great advances, but also on how these will help humanity to overcome the great challenge of curbing climate change and preserving the planet, as well as achieving a less unequal world.

One of the most relevant ingredients of the cited revolution is additive manufacturing (AM), which is the term that describes the technologies for building 3D objects by adding layer-upon-layer of several materials, mainly including plastics, metal, ceramic, and the possible intermediate systems. In this sense, AM involves innovations not only for obtaining increasingly complex and adaptable objects for multiple applications, but also for manufacturing materials and manufacturing processes, to make things better and cheaper. This revolution can also be transferred to catalysis, which continues to be one of the main drivers of the chemical industry worldwide, as additive manufacturing supposes the breakdown of paradigms by means of the creation of highly adaptable systems that can produce the modernization of practically all catalytic processes, carried out up until now, with technologies from the end of the 20th century, making them more profitable, energy efficient, and renewable.

Therefore, considering the emerging character of the inclusion of AM in catalysis, this Special Issue aims to compile all of the possible initiatives that apply AM in any of the stages of development, or in the evaluation of applications of homogeneous or heterogeneous catalysis, including electro-chemical or photo-catalytic systems, as well as structured or microstructured catalysts. Neither will there be a preferred type of reaction, but special attention will be given to catalytic processes related to the capture and use of CO2, the transformation of biomass, the production of hydrogen, and the purification of water.

Dr. Oscar H. Laguna
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • additive manufacturing
  • Industry 4.0
  • 3D-printing
  • heterogeneous catalysis
  • homogeneous catalysis
  • CO2 capture and utilization
  • H2 production
  • H2 purification
  • biomass transformation
  • catalysis and 3D-printing
  • energy efficiency
  • structured reactors, microreactors, microreaction technology

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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