Special Issue "Design of Heterogeneous Catalysts and Adsorbents"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Thomas Turek
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Guest Editor
Clausthal University of Technology, Institute of Chemical and Electrochemical Process Engineering, Leibnizstr 17, D-38678 Clausthal Zellerfeld, Germany
Interests: heterogeneous catalysts, adsorbents, gas-diffusion electrodes, reactor modeling, electrochemical cells
Prof. Dr. Dieter Bathen
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Guest Editor
University Duisburg Essen, Lehrstuhl Therm Verfahrenstech, Lotharstr 1, D-47057 Duisburg, Germany
Interests: Adsorption, Diffusion, Air Pollution Control, Hazardous Chemicals
Prof. Dr. Gregor Dionys Wehinger
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Guest Editor
Clausthal University of Technology, Institute of Chemical and Electrochemical Process Engineering, Leibnizstr 17, D-38678 Clausthal Zellerfeld, Germany
Interests: Transport phenomena in chemical and electrochemical reactors; Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) for reaction engineering; Fixed-bed reactors; 3D printing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Heterogeneous catalysts and adsorbents are tailor-made materials with many common requirements. Typically, they consist of porous structures to accommodate the highest possible surface area for adsorption and/or (electro-)catalytic transformation. Obviously, a high surface area corresponds to small particles and pore sizes, resulting in diffusion limitations with an often strongly negative influence on the effective catalytic activity, product selectivity, or dynamics of sorption processes. In addition to the inner structure of heterogeneous catalysts and adsorbents, their outer shape also plays an important role in their overall performance. Since the external geometry is relevant for reactor-specific aspects, such as pressure drop as well as external mass and heat transfer properties, it becomes evident that the design of heterogeneous catalysts and adsorbents is a challenging task requiring deep understanding of the occurring processes on multiple scales.

In this context, we invite you to submit your recent achievements—both theoretical and experimental—to this Special Issue as original research articles or reviews. Contributions on the development of new porous materials, characterization of pore structures, tailoring of pore sizes and pellet or electrode shapes, novel preparation methods for porous solids, or smart catalyst and adsorbent geometries for the improvement of reactor performance are greatly welcomed.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Turek
Prof. Dr. Dieter Bathen
Prof. Dr. Gregor Dionys Wehinger
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Catalysts is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • heterogeneous catalysts
  • adsorbents
  • electrodes
  • catalyst design
  • catalyst preparation
  • pore size distribution
  • pellet shapes
  • pressure drop
  • structured catalysts

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

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.

Load-dependent heat of adsorption of hydrocarbons on zeolites

Volker Mauer, Christian Bläker, Christoph Pasel, Dieter Bathen


3D printed catalytic structured reactors

Sören C. Scherf1,2, Armin Lohrengel2, Gregor D. Wehinger1,3

1   Institute of Chemical and Electrochemical Process Engineering, Clausthal University of Technology, Leibnizstr. 17, 38678 Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Germany

2   Institute of Mechanical Engineering, Clausthal University of Technology, Robert-Koch-Str. 32, 38678 Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Germany

3   Research Center Energy Storage Technologies (EST), Clausthal University of Technology, Am Stollen 19A, 38640 Goslar, Germany


Effect of Transport Pores in Hierarchical Porous Catalysts on Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis

Aurina Martínez Arias, Alfred Weber, Hector Rusinque, Gunther Brenner, Matthias Klee, Thomas Turek, Henning Becker

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