Special Issue "Single-Atom Catalysts of Transition Metal Elements For Waste-to-Energy"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2023 | Viewed by 46

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Hongjing Tian
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Guest Editor
Institution of Chemical Engineers, State Key Laboratory Base of Eco-Chemical Engineering, Qingdao University of Science & Technology, Zhengzhou Road No.53, Qingdao 266042, China
Interests: single-atom catalysis; photocatalytic degradation
Dr. Man Wu
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Guest Editor
Institution of Chemical Engineers, State Key Laboratory Base of Eco-Chemical Engineering, Qingdao University of Science &Technology, Zhengzhou Road No.53, Qingdao 266042, China
Interests: upcycling of plastic wastes; preparation of single-wall carbon nanotubes
Dr. Emilia Paone
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Guest Editor
Dipartimento DICEAM, Università degli Studi Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria, Via Graziella Loc. Feo di Vito, 89122 Reggio Calabria, Italy
Interests: heterogeneous catalysis; lignocellulosic biomasses; wastes valorization; hydrogenolysis; hydrogenation
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

For several years, the catalysis community has employed inorganic or organometallic complexes with transition metal centers in tailored coordination environments to trigger catalytic reactions in homogeneous solutions. Lots of recent research in heterogeneous catalysis has focused on maximizing the concentration of active catalytic sites to improve reaction efficacy and minimize metallic waste. Currently, single-atom catalysts (SACs) are being extensively researched and display excellent catalytic activities due to their unique electronic structures and maximum atom utilization efficiency. To this end, the identification of SACs of transition metal elements embedded on or within heterogeneous substrates has rapidly changed. Single-atom sites are able to exist in many different coordination environments, all of which play important roles in defining catalytic activity and selectivity toward a product.  

This Special Issue will present the most recent and significant developments in the utilization of SACs of transition metal elements in waste-to-energy processes. Original papers on the above topics and short reviews are welcome for submission.

Dr. Hongjing Tian
Dr. Man Wu
Dr. Emilia Paone
Guest Editors

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  • single-atom catalysts
  • transition metal
  • waste-to-energy
  • heterogeneous catalysis
  • atom utilization efficiency

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