Special Issue "Selected Papers from the International Conference on Catalysis 2018 (iCAT 2018)"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 July 2019).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Yun Hin Taufiq-Yap
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Guest Editor
Catalysis and Science Research Center, Faculty of Science, University Putra Malaysia, UPM, Serdang, 43400, Selangor, Malaysia
Prof. Dr. Karen Wilson
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Guest Editor
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
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Dear Colleagues,

The iCAT2018 is a biennial international conference on catalysis that is jointly organized by Malaysian Catalysis Society, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia, and Catalysis Science and Technology Research Centre (PutraCAT) from 13th to 15th November 2018. The conference is organized to gather representatives from researchers, academics in this region, and industrial communities to exchange information and ideas, and to find mutual ground for developing new and improved catalytic methods to solve the challenges of today and in the (near) future in our chemistry-based societies. Authors with expertise in any topic of catalysis are cordially invited to submit their manuscripts to this Special Issue of Catalysts. The topic areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

Topic Areas:

     1.    Catalytic Mechanisms
           * Spectroscopic and Visualizing Characterizations
           * Surface Chemistry, Reaction Kinetics, and Mechanisms
           * Molecular Simulation and Theoretical Modelling
           * New Concepts for Catalysis;

     2.    Catalytic Materials
           * Nanostructured Catalytic Materials
           * Micro- and Mesoporous Catalytic Materials
           * Novel Design and Synthetic Approaches;

    3.     Catalysis for Energy
           * Energy Storage Materials and Devices
           * Efficient Utilization of Fossil Sources
           * Clean Energy Conversion: Electrocatalysis/Fuel Cell
           * Biomass Conversion
           * Photocatalysis for Hydrogen Production;

    4.     Environmental Catalysis
           * Automotive Exhaust Cleanup
           * Water Pollution Control
           * Updating and Utilization of Waste;

    5.     Catalysis for Chemical Synthesis
           * Green Synthesis
           * Petrochemicals
           * Fine Chemicals and Pharmaceutical
           * Selective Oxidation and Hydrogenation;

   6.     Cross-Disciplinary
          * Integration of Heterogeneous and Homogeneous
          * Organic Catalysis
          * Biometric Catalysis
          * Industrial Catalysis;

   7.     General Catalysis
          * Heterogeneous Catalysis
          * Homogeneous Catalysis
          * Biocatalysis
          * Photocatalysis.

More information about the conference can be found at http://conference.upm.edu.my/ICAT2018?view=page&val=menu&permalink=Nearbyhotels.

Prof. Dr.Yun Hin Taufiq-Yap
Prof. Dr. Karen Wilson
Guest Editors

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Ruthenium Supported on Ionically Cross-linked Chitosan-Carrageenan Hybrid MnFe2O4 Catalysts for 4-Nitrophenol Reduction
Catalysts 2019, 9(3), 254; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal9030254 - 12 Mar 2019
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Herein, we report a facile procedure to synthesize the hybrid magnetic catalyst ([email protected]@Mn) using ruthenium (Ru) supported on ionically cross-linked chitosan-carrageenan (CS-CR) and manganese ferrite (MnFe2O4) nanoparticles with excellent catalytic activity. The ionic gelation of CS-CR is acting as [...] Read more.
Herein, we report a facile procedure to synthesize the hybrid magnetic catalyst ([email protected]@Mn) using ruthenium (Ru) supported on ionically cross-linked chitosan-carrageenan (CS-CR) and manganese ferrite (MnFe2O4) nanoparticles with excellent catalytic activity. The ionic gelation of CS-CR is acting as a protecting layer to promote the encapsulation of MnFe2O4 and Ru nanoparticles by electrostatic interactions. The presence of an active metal and a CS-CR layer on the as-prepared [email protected]@Mn catalyst was well determined by a series of physicochemical analyses. Subsequently, the catalytic performances of the [email protected]@Mn catalysts were further examined in the 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) reduction reaction in the presence of sodium borohydride (reducing agent) at ambient temperature. The [email protected]@Mn catalyst performed excellent catalytic activity in the 4-NP reduction, with a turnover frequency (TOF) values of 925 h−1 and rate constant (k) of 0.078 s−1. It is worth to mentioning that the [email protected]@Mn catalyst can be recycled and reused up to at least ten consecutive cycles in the 4-NP reduction with consistency in catalytic performance. The [email protected]@Mn catalyst is particularly attractive as a catalyst due to its superior catalytic activity and superparamagnetic properties for easy separation. We foresee this catalyst having high potential to be extended in a wide range of chemistry applications. Full article
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A Review on Thermal Conversion of Plant Oil (Edible and Inedible) into Green Fuel Using Carbon-Based Nanocatalyst
Catalysts 2019, 9(4), 350; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal9040350 - 10 Apr 2019
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Renewable diesels (e.g., biodiesel and green diesel) have emerged as a sustainable alternative to petrodiesel as a means of meeting the growing demand for fuel without damaging the environment. Although renewable diesels are composed of different chemical compositions to petrodiesel, they provide similar [...] Read more.
Renewable diesels (e.g., biodiesel and green diesel) have emerged as a sustainable alternative to petrodiesel as a means of meeting the growing demand for fuel without damaging the environment. Although renewable diesels are composed of different chemical compositions to petrodiesel, they provide similar fuel characteristics as petrodiesel. The present articles focused on various type of green diesel, where the properties and its performance are discussed in detail. Green diesels offer multiple benefits over petrodiesel in terms of biodegradability, environmental protection and low toxicity. Additional, this paper described various types of process for green diesels production such as deoxygenation, hydrodeoxygenation, and pyrolysis. Among the synthesis process, the most effective and economical route to produce green diesel is through deoxygenation (DO). This study also emphasizes the use of a carbon-based catalyst for the DO reaction. The carbon-based catalyst renders several advantageous in term of highly resistance toward coke formation, greater catalyst stability, and product selectively, where the DO process occur via carbon–oxygen cleavage of fatty acid chain yielding diesel-like hydrocarbons. Due to this reason, various methods for synthesizing effective carbon-based catalysts for the DO reaction are further reviewed. Coke affinity over carbon-base catalyst during DO process is further discussed in the present study. Besides, DO operating condition toward optimum yield of hydrocarbons and recent progress in DO of realistic oil for production of diesel-like hydrocarbons are also discussed herein. Full article
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