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Special Issue "Catalytic Conversion of Biomass-Derived Molecules to Chemicals and Fuels"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2018).
Prof. Dr. Karen Wilson Website E-Mail
School of Science, RMIT University, Melbourne VIC 3001, Australia
Interests: heterogeneous catalysis, green chemistry; surface chemistry; heterogeneous catalysts for biorefining; nano-porous hierarchical catalysts; solid acids and bases; hydrophobic catalytic materials
Climate change and energy and materials security represent global challenges facing humanity, arising from past reliance on fossil fuel resources. Overcoming such challenges necessitates the identification and new technologies to utilize sustainable, low carbon alternatives, notably biomass and associated bioenergy. To be truly sustainable, biomass feedstocks must derive from sources which do not compete with agricultural land use for food production, or compromise the environment via, e.g., deforestation. Potential feedstocks include cellulosic or oil based materials derived from plant or aquatic sources (algae), with the so-called ‘biorefinery concept’ offering the co-production of fuels, chemicals and energy to maximise biomass valorisation, analogous to current petroleum refineries which deliver high volume/low value (fuels and commodity chemicals) and low volume/high value (fine/speciality chemicals) products. Catalysis is a key enabling technology to exploit biomass conversion to desirable chemical and fuels, however the inherent high functionality of biomass derived molecules, and conditions under which catalysts are required to operate, present a barrier to the development of commercial processes.
This Special Issue will feature contributions from an associated symposium on “Catalytic conversion of biomass derived molecules to chemicals and fuels” held under the Division of Catalysis Science and Technology at the 255th ACS National Meeting in New Orleans but is also open to general contributions from the catalysis community. Articles will particularly emphasise the transformation of non-lignin biomass derivatives, and encompass: (i) synthesis and characterization of new metal oxides, carbides, or phosphides based catalysts; (ii) experimental measurements and kinetic modelling of reaction rates/activities/selectivities; (iii) fundamental investigation of active sites, their stability and tenability; (iv) reactions catalyzed by bifunctional and cooperative catalysts; and (v) the impact of solvents and co-reactants on reaction rate and mechanism.Prof. Dr. Mark Crocker
Prof. Dr. Adam F. Lee
Prof. Dr. Karen Wilson
Prof. Dr. Conrad Zhang
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