Special Issue "Earth-Abundant Metal Chemistry and Catalysis"

A special issue of Chemistry (ISSN 2624-8549). This special issue belongs to the section "Catalysis".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Guoqi Zhang
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Guest Editor
Department of Sciences, John Jay College and PhD in Chemistry Program, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, New York, NY 10019, USA
Interests: design of new catalysts with terpyridine ligands; earth-abundant metal catalysis; organometallic chemistry and small molecule activation; coordination polymers for catalytic applications; metallic anticancer drug design and synthesis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As the new MDPI flagship journal Chemistry (ISSN 2624-8549) is formally launched, we are excited to open this Special issue with a theme of Earth-Abundant Metal Chemistry and Catalysis. Currently, there is an explosively increasing amount of interest in sustainable chemistry and molecular catalysis with earth-abundant metals within the synthesis and catalysis communities. A themed issue on this topic is necessary and anticipated to attract significant contributions.

It is currently of urgency to replace noble metal catalysts with earth-abundant, inexpensive alternatives in many aspects, including valuable organic transformations, small molecule activation, and energy conversion. Rational design of molecular catalysts is the key to enabling the reactivity and hence catalytic activity. In this issue, we welcome submissions of work related to the synthesis, structure, and reactivity of molecular complexes involving earth-abundant metals as well as their catalytic applications in both traditional and new organic reactions, small molecule (CO2, CO, N2, etc.) activation, and biomass conversion. Experimental and theoretical studies leading to mechanistic understanding are particularly encouraged. In addition, submissions from a broader area of catalysis such as electrocatalysis, photocatalysis, and nanocatalysis that involve the use of earth-abundant metals are also welcomed.

Dr. Guoqi Zhang
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Catalyst design
  • Well-defined molecular catalysts
  • Nanocatalysts
  • Earth-abundant metal catalysis
  • Sustainable chemistry
  • Green catalysis
  • Biomass conversion
  • Small molecule activation

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: One-pot synthesis of Na3Fe(CN)5(CO)∙3H2O and its zero-order reaction kinetics
Authors: Jianfeng Jiang
Affiliation: Department of Chemistry, Yeshiva University, New York, NY 10033, USA
Abstract: The reaction between carbon monoxide (CO) and sodium nitroprusside (Na2Fe(CN)5(NO)∙2H2O) in basic solution leads to the quantitative formation of Na3Fe(CN)5(CO). An improved preparation of Na3Fe(CN)5(CO)·3H2O with shorter reaction time, higher yield and better purity based on the above reaction was developed. This substitution reaction at various temperatures was studied by quantitative infrared measurement. The formation of [Fe(CN)5(CO)]3- in solution follows zero-order kinetics. [Fe(CN)5(NO2)]4- was generated upon the mixing of [Fe(CN)5(NO)]2- with hydroxide and nitrite (NO2-) was subsequently substituted by CO. The zero order kinetics is due to the saturation of dissolved CO in basic solution.

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