Special Issue "Selected Papers from the 2nd Edition of Global Conference on Catalysis, Chemical Engineering and Technology (CAT 2018)"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Stanislaw Dzwigaj

Laboratoire de Réactivité de Surface, Sorbonne Université-CNRS, UMR 7197Campus Pierre et Marie Curie, 4, Place Jussieu, 75252 Paris, France
Phone: + 33 1 44 27 21 13
Interests: heterogeneous catalysis; environmental catalysis; surface reactivity; inorganic chemistry; spectroscopies; nanomaterials; nanoscience; porous materials; zeolites; valorization of biomass
Co-Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Christophe Len

PSL Research University, IRCP, UMR 8247 CNRS Chimie ParisTech, 11 rue Pierre et Marie Curie, F-75005 Paris, France
Website | E-Mail
Interests: green chemistry; organic chemistry; catalysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Following the success of the first Global Conference on Catalysis and Reaction Engineering at Las Vegas, USA on October 19-21, 2017, we take pleasure to announce second edition of the conference. The 2nd edition of Global Conference on Catalysis, Chemical Engineering & Technology (CAT 2018) will take place at Holiday Inn Rome, Italy from 13th to 15th September 2018. CAT 2018 will provide a dedicated platform to peer researchers, young inspired scientists, academicians, and industrialists to meet, discuss and share the knowledge that’s still more to be revealed in the field of Catalysis and Chemical Engineering. The aim of the conference is to bring together leading experts in the field of catalysis, chemical engineering and technology. The series of talks, poster presentations, workshops, discussions and networking events will keep participants engaged in learning and making new connections at this Catalysis, Chemical Engineering & Technology Conference.

The present Special Issue will feature the works presented at CAT 2018  that promote linkage of the catalytic science, ingineering and technology. Authors with expertise in any topic of catalysis are cordially invited to submit their manuscripts to this Special Issue of Catalysts. Significant full papers and review articles are very welcome. The topics of the conference will cover various aspects of catalysis in all of its diversity, as well as other areas on the boundaries such as environmental protection, energy, sustainability, green chemistry, fine chemistry, biotransformation, surface chemistry and enzyme and microbial technology.

More information about the conference can be found at https://catalysis-conferences.magnusgroup.org/.

Scientists are cordially invited to contribute original research papers or reviews in all aspects of catalysis, chemical engineering and technology to this special issue of Catalysts.

Prof. Dr. Stanislaw Dzwigaj
Prof. Dr. Christophe Len

Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Design, Preparation and Characterization of Catalysts
  • Heterogeneous Catalysis
  • Industrial Catalysis
  • Environmental Catalysis and Green Chemistry
  • Biocatalysis and Biotransformation
  • Homogeneous Catalysis and Molecular Catalysis
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Catalysis in Nanotechnology
  • Spectroscopy in Catalysis

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Direct synthesis of cyclic carbonate from alkene using 1%Ru/TiO2-Pr4NBr/ZnBr2
Authors: Raiedhah Alsaiari
Affiliations: Najran university, Saudi Arabia
Correspondence: kaade_77@hotmail.com
Abstract: Cyclic carbonates are compounds of high importance since they show promise in a number of different applications and thus, their efficient synthesis is essential. In most of the reported work, researchers represent synthesis of carbonates from epoxides. The direct synthesis of cyclic carbonates from low‑price alkenes, avoiding additional work‑up procedures, would be an interesting and economically feasible route. Furthermore, CO2 utilization technology can contribute to reducing the CO2 level by using carbon dioxide as a starting material and transforming it into valuable chemicals such as cyclic carbonates. In this work, cyclic carbonate is synthesized directly from alkene through a one-pot multistep process (sequential oxidation and carboxylation). A simple and highly efficient preparation of cyclic carbonates was achieved by the use of supported ruthenium catalysts for the epoxidation step and tetrapropylammonium bromide in combination with zinc bromide for the cycloaddition of carbon dioxide in the second step. The compatibility between the catalysts for epoxidation and cycloaddition steps before coupling them in one‑pot reaction was studied. Pr4NBr and ZnBr2 had a negative effect on the epoxidation reaction as the epoxide ring was opened. The presence of the supported ruthenium catalysts had no influence on the catalytic performance of Pr4NBr in the cycloaddition of CO2 with the epoxide. The one‑pot multistep process showed good selectivity for cyclic carbonate. Whenever the yield of the epoxide is high, cyclic carbonate is produced in high yield. As a result, it can be suggested that the efficiency of the cyclic carbonate synthesis in an one‑pot process would be determined mostly by the catalytic performance of the supported ruthenium catalyst.
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