Special Issue "Active Sites in Heterogeneous Catalysis"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Stephane Loridant Website E-Mail
Institut de Recherches sur la Catalyse et l’Environnement de Lyon, IRCELYON, CNRS-Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, 2 av. Einstein, F-69626 Villeurbanne Cedex, France
Interests: oxides catalysts; selective oxidation catalysis; acid-base catalysis; alkanes and biosourced molecules; C1 chemistry; in situ/operando Raman and IR spectroscopies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Knowledge of the structure and composition of active sites is crucial to understand heterogeneous catalysts and design more efficient ones. This is particularly true since the scarcity of some elements such as noble elements widely used in energy and environment fields will require doing better with less. As suggested by Taylor in 1925, active sites are considered as atoms or ensembles of atoms sparse on the surface which directly catalyze a reaction. Active sites change in a dynamic way during adsorption of reactants or reaction intermediates, and this dynamic restructuring plays an important role in bond activation. Detailed description of active sites using advanced in situ/operando techniques with high temporal and spatial resolutions as well as DFT modeling allow establishing structure–activity relationships. They are particularly interesting for single atoms and subnanometric clusters, which can be distinguished by the atomically resolved microscopes. The investigation of their catalytic properties compared to nanosized particles is crucial to determine if their presence has to be favored or avoided. Furthermore, the interface between such sites and support also deserves investigation, considering their limited size (few atoms) and since they play a key role in their structural and electronic properties, leading to important support effects. Stability and regeneration of active sites are also important topics since, for instance, they can be poisoned with relatively few molecules present in a complex feed. Finally, the design of multifunctional catalysts has led the catalysis community to investigate the role of nanoscale intimacy as well as other effects at atomic and long-range scales.

In this context, I am inviting you to submit your recent achievements to this Special Issue on “Active Sites in Heterogeneous Catalysis” in the form of original research articles or short reviews. Heterogeneous catalysis includes photo- and electrocatalysis and covers all application fields.


Dr. Stephane Loridant
Guest Editor

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  • Heterogeneous catalyst
  • Active sites
  • In situ and operando techniques
  • Structure-activity relationships
  • DFT modeling
  • Single atoms
  • Subnanometric clusters
  • Nanoparticles
  • Structural dynamics
  • Multifunctionality
  • Nanoscale intimacy
  • Support effects
  • Short- and long-range effects

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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