Special Issue "In Situ and Operando Characterization in Catalysis"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2016).
Interests: heterogeneous catalysis; advanced catalyst synthesis; in situ/operando spectroscopy and spectrokinetics; reaction kinetics; biomass and alternative feedstock conversion; oxidation reactions; fuels and chemicals
The majority of today’s industrial chemical processes employ biocatalysts (e.g., enzymes), homogeneous and/or heterogeneous catalysts. With current worldwide challenges in food, energy, and water supplies, it is hard to imagine a future of yet-to-be-discovered solutions without catalysts. The development of energy and resource efficient catalytic process for production of ammonia (for fertilizers) and for conversion of biomass and abundant feedstocks to fuels and chemicals are just a few examples where novel active, selective, and stable catalysts will be required. To achieve this goal, many tools will be needed to enable a better understanding of how these catalysts work: where (required catalytic sites), how (reaction mechanism), and how fast (kinetics). In situ and/or operando (experimental and computational) catalyst characterization at reaction conditions is without any doubt poised to help us understand the intricacies of chemical conversions required for the design of better catalytic materials.
This Special Issue focuses on recent advances in experimental and computational in situ and operando spectroscopy/microscopy/diffraction characterization of catalysts, novel characterization methods, and in situ reactors, and novel analysis methodologies to better understand catalysts, reaction intermediates and mechanisms and how they can assist in the design of improved and novel catalysts. Full papers, communications, perspectives, and mini-reviews are most welcome.
Dr. Juan J Bravo-Suarez
Manuscript Submission Information
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- In situ spectroscopy
- In situ microscopic techniques
- In situ X-ray diffraction
- In situ electrochemical methods
- Surface science techniques
- Novel catalyst characterization techniques
- Novel in situ reactors
- Computational spectroscopy
- Operando studies
- Spectrokinetic studies
- Steady state isotopic kinetic analysis
- Modulation excitation spectroscopy
- Spectroscopy/microscopy/diffraction assisted design of catalysts