Special Issue "Recent Developments in Metal–Metal Oxide Interfacial Catalysis"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Muthu Kumaran Gnanamani Website E-Mail
Clean Fuels and Chemicals group, Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, 2540 Research Park Dr Lexington, KY 40511, USA
Interests: syngas conversion and utilization; upgradation of biomass to value added products; H2 production from renewable sources using heterogeneous and photo catalysis
Guest Editor
Dr. Michela Martinelli Website E-Mail
Clean Fuels and Chemicals group, Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, 2540 Research Park Dr Lexington, KY 40511, USA
Interests: Fischer-Tropsch synthesis; CO2 hydrogenation; Water-gas-shift; alcohol steam reforming; mechanism and kinetic studies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The interface at the metal–support plays a crucial role in affecting the various heterogeneous, homogeneous, photochemical, and biological reactions. In metal-based catalysis, particle sizes of the metal control both the rate of reaction and product selectivity. Depending on the nature of oxide support, the metals could interact either strongly or weakly to the support that eventually determines catalyst particle sizes after annealing at high temperatures. The boundary at the metal–support acts like an active center for many catalytic reactions (e.g., hydrogenolysis, hydrogenation, and reforming). The reason behind this is the difference in the interaction between the reactants and catalyst surfaces—in this case, interface originates mainly by the charge transfer phenomena. Hence, a deep understanding of the phenomena at the interface is required in order to better control these industrially relevant catalytic reactions. 

Submissions to this Special Issue on “Recent Developments in the Metal-Metal Oxide Interfacial Catalysis” are welcome in the form of original research papers or short reviews that reflect the state of research in the field of metal–metal oxide interfacial catalysis on the following topics: Synthetic methodologies to maximize metal/metal oxide interface, Fischer–Tropsch synthesis–product selectivity control through modifying metal–support interactions, mechanistic investigations of reactions that occur at the metal–support interface using in situ spectroscopy techniques, isotope tracer analysis, and DFT methods. Applications of metal–metal oxide interfacial catalysis in the field of syngas conversion, water–gas–shift, steam reforming, photocatalytic water splitting, and various bi-functional reactions are also welcome.

Dr. Muthu Kumaran Gnanamani
Dr. Michela Martinelli
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Fischer–Tropsch synthesis
  • steam reforming
  • metal–support interactions
  • photocatalysis
  • CO activation
  • product selectivity

Published Papers

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