Special Issue "Heterogeneous Catalysis & Hydrogen Economy"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2019.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Vladimiro Dal Santo Website E-Mail
CNR - Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche; ISTM - Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie Molecolari Via Camillo Golgi 19, 20133 Milano Italy
Phone: +39 0250314428
Interests: heterogeneous catalysis; hydrogen; steam reforming; homo- and hetero-metallic nanoparticles; materials characterization.
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Jan-Dierk Grunwaldt Website E-Mail
1. Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) Institut for Chemical Technology and Polymer Chemistry (ITCP) Engesserstr. 20, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
2. Institute of Catalysis Research and Technology (IKFT) Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany
Interests: heterogeneous catalysis; green chemistry; power-to-X processes; selective oxidation; emission control; catalyst preparation by flame spray pyrolysis; high-throughput methodology; operando spectroscopy; X-ray microscopy; spatially and time-resolved studies
Guest Editor
Dr. Alessandro Fortunelli Website E-Mail
CNR-Istituto di Chimica dei Composti Organometallici, via Giuseppe Moruzzi 1, Pisa, Italy
Interests: theoretical materials science; heterogeneous catalysis; modeling; structural dynamics; nanomaterials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Hydrogen is one of the most promising sustainable energy carriers for mobile and stationary applications, as an alternative to traditional fossil fuels. In the near future hydrogen demand will increase due to the deployment of a large number of public, captive, and private fuel cell vehicles and stationary fuel cell-based cogeneration systems. In addition, hydrogen is an important intermediate in power-to-X processes. In this context, the development of large-scale, efficient, sustainable, and economically viable hydrogen production processes is mandatory.

Among the possible production technologies, water electrolysis by renewable power and biomass/waste conversion to hydrogen such as, but not limited to, pyrolysis and reforming possess the necessary technology and market-readiness levels. All these conversion processes rely on (electro)chemical reactions promoted by heterogeneous (electro)catalysts. Therefore, the past decade has witnessed intense research activity focused on the development of efficient catalysts for hydrogen production.

The present Special Issue of Catalysts is aimed at presenting the current state-of-the-art in the development of heterogeneous (electro)catalysts for hydrogen production and power-to-X processes, with special emphasis on: i) new approaches for rational materials design; ii) sulfur/CO-tolerant (electro)catalysts; iii) Critical Raw Materials-free catalysts; iv) advanced experimental characterization like operando spectroscopy; and
v) theoretical modeling.

On the other hand, the chemical conversion of hydrogen to other storage molecules, the role of hydrogen in grid balance, life cycle assessment, and the economic feasibility of the large-scale deployment of H2-based energy systems are topics of interest in this Special Issue.

Dr. Vladimiro Dal Santo
Prof. Dr. Jan-Dierk Grunwaldt
Dr. Alessandro Fortunelli
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • • heterogeneous catalysts
  • • electrocatalysts
  • • hydrogen
  • • reforming
  • • pyrolysis
  • • power-to-x
  • • modeling
  • • LCA
  • • grid balance

Published Papers

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