Special Issue "Catalysts for Sustainable Hydrogen Production: Preparation, Applications and Process Integration"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Marco Martino Website E-Mail
Department of industrial Engineering, University of Salerno, Via Giovanni Paolo II, 84084, Fisciano (SA), Italy
Interests: Chemical Reaction Engineering, Heterogeneous Catalysis, Reaction kinetics, Hydrogen production
Guest Editor
Dr. Concetta Ruocco Website E-Mail
Department of industrial Engineering, University of Salerno, Via Giovanni Paolo II, 84084, Fisciano (SA), Italy
Interests: chemical reaction engineering; heterogeneous catalysis; reaction kinetics; catalyst characterization

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the last decades, the production of hydrogen has taken on a strategic role in energy transition and in the mobility of the future. On September 18th last year, the European Union’s Energy Ministers signed a policy document to support the development of sustainable hydrogen, the “Hydrogen Initiative”, with the aim of seizing the opportunities offered by hydrogen technology in the view of a carbon-free economy and to guarantee the safe and sustainable production of energy for the European Union. Hydrogen is the ideal energy vector: thanks to its energy value, it is considered the best alternative to the use of gasoline in automotive applications and, in the future, it could be used to provide power for our homes and offices. Hydrogen can be obtained from renewable or fossil sources and a wide variety of processes are involved in H2 production, such as reforming, partial oxidation, electrolysis, catalytic decomposition, and microbiological processes. The present Special Issue is devoted to recent developments in the preparation of catalysts and their applications in hydrogen production processes. This Special Issue welcomes research papers, short communications, and review papers related to innovative catalytic formulations and configurations, as well as process integrations.

Dr. Marco Martino
Dr. Concetta Ruocco
Guest Editors

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  • hydrogen and biohydrogen production processes
  • process integration
  • new catalytic formulations and configurations
  • sustainability and renewables
  • low carbon technologies

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.

Title: Photocatalytic hydrogen production from ammonia over lanthanides doped TiO2 in powder form and immobilized on foam
Author: Kamila Kočí
Abstract: Parent TiO2, La/TiO2 and Nd/TiO2 photocatalysts (containing 0.1 wt. % of lanthanide) were prepared by the sol-gel method. One part of the prepared photocatalysts was immobilized on Al2O3/SiO2 foam (Vukopor A) by the dip-coating method, whereas another part was used in the powder form for comparison. The physico-chemical and photoelectrochemical properties of all synthesized photocatalysts were complementary characterized by nitrogen physisorption, powder X-ray diffraction, X-ray fluorescence, diffuse reflectance UV-vis spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, electron paramagnetic resonance and photoelectrochemical measurements. Furthermore, the photocatalysts were investigated for the photocatalytic hydrogen production from ammonia in two geometrically different photoreactors under UVA light (365 nm) and the evolution of hydrogen was compared with photolysis. In spite of the higher hydrogen yields reached over the suspended powder photocatalysts than over the immobilized ones, for practical applications the immobilized form is more suitable due to possibility of their simple removal from reactor and repeated use.


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