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Special Issue "State-of-the-Art Catalytical Technology in South Korea"
A special issue of Catalysts (ISSN 2073-4344).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2019.
Prof. Dr. Francis Verpoort Website E-Mail
1. Center for Environmental and Energy Research (CEER), Ghent University Global Campus, 119 Songdomunhwa-Ro, Yeonsu-Gu, Incheon, 406-840 South Korea
2. Lab of Organometallics, Catalysis and Ordered Materials (LOCOM) State Key Lab of Advanced Technology for Material Synthesis and Processing Wuhan University of Technology, 122 Luo she Road, Wuhan, 430070, PR China
Interests: organometallic material chemistry, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts, MOFs and MOPs, water splitting, olefin metathesis and its applications
South Korea has become an important country in the field of heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis, including but not limited to catalysts for chemical synthesis, the biorefinery process, environmental remediation, and sustainable-energy devices such as fuel cells. This Special Issue welcomes both review and original research articles on all aspects of heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis with an emphasis on fundamental and applied research implemented across South Korea. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Air treatment;
- Water/wastewater treatment and disinfection;
- Catalytic reactions relevant to fuel cells;
- Catalysts related to the biorefinery process;
- Homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis for organic synthesis;
- Green synthesis using solar photochemistry and photocatalysis;
- Photocatalytic hybrid-systems;
- Photocatalytic, photochemical, and photosynthetic systems for H2 production and CO2 utilization;
- Carbon dioxide reforming;
- New materials for all types of heterogeneously catalyzed reactions;
- Operando spectroscopy for identifying catalytically active sites;
Although papers should report on trends and advances in the field of catalysis across South Korea; collaborative work between South Korean and non-South Korean partners is also welcome.
Prof. Young Dok Kim
Prof. Dr. Francis Verpoort
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- Oxidation of volatile organic compounds
- Selective catalytic reduction
- Wastewater treatment
- Pollution abatement
- Solar photocatalysis
- Fenton process
- Biorefinery process
- Partial oxidation
- Nitrogen activation
- Solar-to-fuel process
- Carbon dioxide
- Hydrogen production
- Operando spectroscopy
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.
Authors: VinayKumar Dachuri, Sei-Heon Jang, and ChangWoo Lee *
Affiliation: Department of Biomedical Science and Center for Bio-Nanomaterials, Daegu University, Gyeongsan 38453, South Korea
Abstract: Thermophilic enzymes and organic solvent-tolerant enzymes maintain their stability via intramolecular interactions, but no interactions that are simply responsible for organic solvent tolerance of the enzymes have been described to date. In this study, we investigated the role of ionic interactions (R237, R241, and D248) that hold an a-helix and a b-strand in which catalytic Asp and His residues are located, respectively, in an organic solvent-tolerant, cold-adapted lipase PML. Wildtype PML showed optimum activity at 35°C, but Ala substitutions caused a -10°C reduction in optimum temperature of the mutants. Surprisingly, while Ala-substituted mutants maintained their thermal stability at room temperature, they became vulnerable to denaturation in 10–40% DMSO and methanol. Furthermore, PML mutants showed reduced conformational flexibility in buffer containing 10–40% DMSO, whereas wildtype and mutant PML enzymes maintained or increased specific activity in buffer without organic solvents by increasing their conformational flexibility. The results of this study indicate that the ionic interaction involving R237, R241, and D248 are important in maintaining organic solvent tolerance of PML, but not for its thermal stability. Our study provides novel insight into the organic solvent tolerance mechanism of enzymes.