Special Issue "Green Synthesis and Catalysis"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Filippo Perna

Universita degli Studi di Bari, Dipartimento di Farmacia-Scienze del Farmaco, Bari, Italy
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Interests: deep eutectic solvents; heterocycles synthesis; organometallic compounds; Palladium catalysis; asymmetric synthesis
Guest Editor
Dr. Antonio Salomone

Università del Salento, Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Biologiche ed Ambientali, Lecce, Italy
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Interests: Palladium catalysis; deep eutectic solvents; multicomponent reactions; heterocycles synthesis; carbonylation reactions

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

To respond to the demand for more environmentally friendly chemical syntheses and processes, we can think, for example, of designing synthesis reactions with high atom economy or with minimal formation of secondary products. The use of catalysts can be advantageous to decrease the energy demand of a process, and the reduction of classic volatile and toxic organic solvents (VOCs) could be also a key point for the development of new environmentally friendly chemical processes. Furthermore, conducting the reactions in the absence of solvent or using non-conventional non-polluting solvents such as water, supercritical fluids, ionic liquids, and “deep eutectic solvents” (DESs) will increase the “greenness” of the syntheses. Particular attention is being paid to DESs which have raised increasing interest as a promising “green” alternative to VOCs for their unusual solvent properties in a variety of organic reactions as well as in process technology.

We invite the scientific community to submit their contributions as original research articles or review articles that describe new catalytic and biocatalytic processes, green synthesis, and known processes studied in conditions less harmful to the environment.

We are particularly interested in articles describing:

1) Synthetic methodologies in green solvents

2) Synthetic processes from renewable sources to valuable products

3) Bio-catalysis

4) Catalysts derived from natural sources

5) Chemical processes with reduced environmental impact: flow-chemistry, mechanochemistry

Dr. Perna Filippo
Dr. Antonio Salomone
Guest Editors

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  • Catalysis
  • Green synthesis
  • Deep Eutectic Solvents
  • Bio-catalysis
  • Solvent-free reaction
  • Flow chemistry
  • Ionic Liquids
  • Mechanochemistry

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Montmorillonite K10-Catalyzed Solvent-Free Conversion of Furfural into Cyclopentenones
Catalysts 2019, 9(3), 301; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal9030301
Received: 23 February 2019 / Revised: 20 March 2019 / Accepted: 21 March 2019 / Published: 26 March 2019
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A simple and eco-friendly montmorillonite K10 (MK10)-catalyzed method for the synthesis of cyclopentenone derivatives from biomass-produced furfural has been developed. The versatility of this protocol is that the reactions were performed under solvent-free conditions and in a short reaction time under heterogeneous catalysis. [...] Read more.
A simple and eco-friendly montmorillonite K10 (MK10)-catalyzed method for the synthesis of cyclopentenone derivatives from biomass-produced furfural has been developed. The versatility of this protocol is that the reactions were performed under solvent-free conditions and in a short reaction time under heterogeneous catalysis. Montmorillonite K10 is mostly explored as a heterogeneous catalyst since it is inexpensive and environmentally friendly. Full article
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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: Synthesis of Monolithic Catalysts: Comparison between Traditional and Novel Green Methods
Author: Peng Gao
Affiliation: Ningbo Fundenergy Co., Ltd., Ningbo 315200, China
Correspondence: [email protected]

Title: Recent Progress in the Use of Pincer Transition Metal Catalysts for Sustainability
Authors: Danielle Lobo Justo Pinheiro, Luca Piccirilli and Martin Nielsen*
Affiliation: Centre for Catalysis and Sustainable Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Technical University of Denmark, Kemitorvet 207, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark
Correspondence: [email protected]
Abstract: Sustainable processes are key to solve the anthropogenic environmental issues. Homogeneous catalysis as a tool for such processes may provide one of the most powerful solutions. In particular, pincer complexes are an interesting class of catalysts that of recent has showed promising results by demonstrating improved activity, selectivity, and stability as well as specificity. A further advantage of this ligand class is the ease of variation for versatile tuning of the electronic and steric environment around the metal center. In the proposed review, we will review the recent progress in the use of pincer complexes as catalysts for sustainable reactions. These reactions include the following:
1) Acceptorless dehydrogenation: Hydrogen production from bioethanol, glycerol, carbohydrates, formic acid, etc, for H2 storage. Efficient biomass valorization, for example ethanol to sodium acetate or ethyl acetate, HMF to, for example, DFF or FDCA, etc
2) Hydrogenation: CO2 hydrogenation to formic acid or methanol, levulinic acid or alkyl levulinate to GVL, N2 fixation, etc
3) Transfer hydrogenation/hydrogen borrowing chemistry: ethanol upgrading to butanol, ethanol as H2 source, alcohol amination, etc
Note: Due to the facts that several reviews exist on the topic of pincer complexes, and that the progress within pincer complex catalyzed sustainable reactions is very impressive with many publications coming out each week, we will limit ourselves to the research conducted approximately the last five years.

Title: Montmorillonite K10-catalyzed Solvent-free Conversion of Furfural into Cyclopentenones
Authors: Paola Costanzo, Sonia Bonacci, Antonio De Nino, Maria Luisa Di Gioia, Monica Nardi*, Manuela Oliverio and Antonio Procopio
Abstract: A simple and eco-friendly Montmorillonite K10 catalyzed method for the synthesis of  cyclopentenone derivatives by biomass-produced furfural has been developed. The versatility of this protocol is that the reactions were performed in solvent free condition in short reaction time under heterogeneous catalysis condition. Montmorillonite K10 is a catalytic material most explored in heterogeneous catalysis because it is inexpensive and environmentally friendly.
Correspondence: [email protected]

Title: Synthesis of novel stylbenoid derivatives with antiviral activity by silica-supported Hoveyda-Grubbs heterogeneous catalysis
Author: Raffaele Saladino
Affiliation: Dipartimento di Scienze Ecologiche e Biologiche, Università della Tuscia, Via S. C. De Lellis 44, 01100 Viterbo, Italy
Correspondence: [email protected]

Title: Biocatalytic synthesis of natural green leaf volatiles using the lipoxygenase metabolic pathway
Authors: Sophie Vincenti 1,*, Magali Mariani 1, Jean-Christophe Alberti 1, Sabrina Jacopini 1, Claude Gambotti 1, Alain Muselli 2, Félix Tomi 3, Liliane Berti 1, Virginie Brunini-Bronzini de Caraffa 1 and Jacques Maury 1,*
Affiliation: 1 Laboratoire de Biochimie et Biologie Moléculaire Végétales, Université de Corse, CNRS UMR6134 SPE, Campus Grimaldi, BP52, 20250 Corte, France; 2 Laboratoire de Chimie des Produits Naturels, Université de Corse, CNRS UMR6134 SPE, Campus Grimaldi, BP52, 20250 Corte, France; 3 Equipe Chimie et Biomasse, Université de Corse, CNRS UMR6134 SPE, Route des Sanguinaires, 20000 Ajaccio, France
Correspondence: [email protected]; [email protected]

Title: Simultaneous Hydrogen Production and Synthesis of Rutile TiO2 via Hydrolysis of MgH2
Authors: Rokhsareh Akbarzadeh a, Joshu Adeniran a, Anvar Asadi b, Jianwei Ren c and Tien-Chien Jen a,*
Affiliation: a Mechanical Engineering Science Department, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Johannesburg, 2006, South Africa; b Research Center for Environmental Determinants of Health (RCEDH), Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah, Iran; c Energy Centre, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Meiring Naudé Road, Brummeria, Pretoria 0001, South Africa
Correspondence: [email protected]
Abstract: In this study a novel hydrolysis-hydrothermal method for simultaneous hydrogen production and rutile TiO2 synthesis was revealed. The rutile TiO2 was synthesized via hydrolysis-hydrothermal process. Firstly, the yield of hydrogen production via hydrolysis of MgH2 was studied while simultaneously TiO2 was synthesized. Titanium tetrachloride and MgH2 were used as raw materials. The amount of hydrogen released during the hydrolysis reaction was close to the theoretical value.  The synthesized TiO2 via hydrolysis-hydrothermal process contained only pure rutile phase. The produced rutile TiO2 was characterized with different techniques such as TEM, SEM and XRD and its photocatalytic activity was evaluated for degradation of a pharmaceutical pollutant.  In one hand magnesium is an abundant element in the earth's crust and which makes magnesium hydride as a promising hydride for hydrogen storage because of its low cost, ready availability, abundance and low toxicity. However high temperatures above 320℃ are needed to decompose MgH2 and release the hydrogen accumulated.  In contrast, hydrolysis reaction of MgH2 in water under the room temperature liberates only a small percentage of the theoretical amount of H2 due to the formation of Mg(OH)2. Here we simultaneously produce hydrogen and synthesize rutile TiO2 while we were successful to avoid passivation layer. This novel hydrolysis-hydrotermal method could be introduced to industries for double benefit on hydrogen and rutile TiO2 production.

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