Special Issue "Graphene-based Catalysis"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 December 2019.

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Chun Zhang Website E-Mail
Natl Univ Singapore, Dept Phys, Dept Chem, Centre for Adv. 2D Mater, Singapore 117542, Singapore
Interests: theoretical/computational chemical physics; 2D materials; heterogeneous catalysis; nonequilibrium charge transport; nanoscale electronics/spintronics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Since its discovery, graphene has been regarded as one of the most promising electronic materials that could bring numerous new phenomena and applications in solid state physics. Recent research developments have convincingly shown that graphene can also be very attractive to scientists in solid state chemistry: Graphene can be used as excellent catalysts for many chemical reactions. Due to its unique structure, graphene chemically is quite inert. The central issue in graphene-based catalysis therefore is to find an effective yet practical way to activate graphene. Many physical or chemical ways of activating graphene have been proposed both theoretically and/or experimentally in past a few years. These ways include applying a mechanical strain, introducing defects (impurities or vacancies), decoration with functional groups and the so-called substrate engineering. After being activated, graphene can be the catalytic center or the support for a catalyst. Some experiments have shown that even the chemical inertness of graphene can be used in a catalytic system: Graphene can protect the catalytic center and at the same time, promote the catalytic performance. Very recent work demonstrated that graphene is an ideal platform for single-atom catalysts. Despite the exciting discoveries in graphene-based catalysis, some critical problems (such as difficulty in large-scale fabrication and limited types of catalyzed chemical reactions) still remain that greatly hamper the future applications of graphene-based catalysts. The purpose of this special issue is to provide a platform for researchers to present their latest progresses and/or to discuss important issues in graphene-based catalysis.

Submissions to this Special Issue on “Graphene-based Catalysis” are welcomed in the form of original research papers or short reviews that reflect the state of research in this emerging field. The topics include (but are not limited to) the following topics: Design of new graphene based catalysts; mechanism studies of chemical reactions catalyzed by graphene-based catalysts; fabrication and characterization of graphene-based catalysts; graphene-based catalysis in energy related applications; theoretical/computational studies of all aspects of graphene-based catalysis; and benchmark studies of performance of various graphene-based catalysts.

Prof. Chun Zhang
Guest Editor

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  • Graphene-based catalysis
  • Fabrication of graphene catalysts
  • Catalysis mechanism
  • Catalyst design
  • Computational modeling
  • Applications of grpahene based catalysts
  • Chemical reactions catalyzed by graphene

Published Papers

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