Special Issue "Bio-Inspired Materials: Learning from the Nature to Improve the Catalyst"

A special issue of Catalysts (ISSN 2073-4344). This special issue belongs to the section "Biocatalysis".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Jesús Hidalgo-Carrillo
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Departamento de Química Orgánica, Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Química Fina y Nanoquímica IUIQFN, Universidad de Córdoba, Campus de Rabanales, Edificio Marie Curie, E-14071 Córdoba, Spain
Interests: heterogeneous catalysis; environmental catalysis; bio-inspired materials; photocatalyst; nanomaterials and nanotechnology
Prof. Dr. Alberto Marinas Aramendía
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Departamento de Química Orgánica, Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Química Fina y Nanoquímica IUIQFN, Universidad de Córdoba, Campus de Rabanales, Edificio Marie Curie, E-14071 Córdoba, Spain
Interests: heterogeneous (photo) catalysis applied to sustainable chemistry; biomass valorization; materials science; fine chemistry
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Prof. Dr. Francisco José Urbano Navarro
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Departamento de Química Orgánica, Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Química Fina y Nanoquímica IUIQFN, Universidad de Córdoba, Campus de Rabanales, Edificio Marie Curie, E-14071 Córdoba, Spain
Interests: acid-base heterogeneous catalysis; catalysts characterization; sustainable chemistry; photocatalysis; photocatalytic reforming of oxygenated compounds

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nature has been perfecting materials and biological systems through evolution over thousands of years, optimizing the use of materials and energy, with high functionality. Science can learn from these biological materials and systems by taking advantage of their structures or mechanisms of action through their replication.

Obtaining these bio-inspired materials can open fields of study that through traditional methods would be complex or unfeasible. Bio-inspired materials are one of the most promising fields of research in the coming years. The field of application of these materials is very wide, covering nanomedicine, energy capture and storage, sensors, biocompatible materials, adsorbents, and catalysis. In the latter case, bio-inspired materials can be applied as catalysts requiring different types of active sites (i.e., redox, acidic, basic sites or a combination of them) to a wide range of processes, including CO2 reduction, selective hydrogenations and oxidations or biomass conversion, among others.

This Special Issue aims to cover current experimental studies in the field of bio-inspired materials synthesis, their characterization, and application in heterogeneous catalysis. Recreating nature or life itself is, perhaps, the best way to understand them.

Dr. Jesús Hidalgo-Carrillo
Prof. Dr. Alberto Marinas Aramendía
Prof. Dr. Francisco José Urbano Navarro
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • bio-inspired materials
  • bio-templating
  • bio-mimicking
  • bio-templated
  • templates
  • catalyst
  • catalysis
  • raw materials
  • hierarchical catalyst

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Synthesis and Characterization of Bio-Active GFP-P4VP Core–Shell Nanoparticles
Catalysts 2020, 10(6), 627; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10060627 - 05 Jun 2020
Abstract
Bioactive core–shell nanoparticles (CSNPs) offer the unique ability for protein/enzyme functionality in non-native environments. For many decades, researchers have sought to develop synthetic materials which mimic the efficiency and catalytic power of bioactive macromolecules such as enzymes and proteins. This research studies a [...] Read more.
Bioactive core–shell nanoparticles (CSNPs) offer the unique ability for protein/enzyme functionality in non-native environments. For many decades, researchers have sought to develop synthetic materials which mimic the efficiency and catalytic power of bioactive macromolecules such as enzymes and proteins. This research studies a self-assembly method in which functionalized, polymer-core/protein-shell nanoparticles are prepared in mild conditions. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and dynamic light scattering (DLS) techniques were utilized to analyze the size and distribution of the CSNPs. The methods outlined in this research demonstrate a mild, green chemistry synthesis route for CSNPs which are highly tunable and allow for enzyme/protein functionality in non-native conditions. Full article
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