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Special Issue "Advanced Applications of Carbon-Based Adsorbents"

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Carlo Crescenzi
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Guest Editor
Department of pharmacy, University of Salerno, 84084 Salerno, Italy
Interests: supramolecular chemistry; molecular recognition; separation science; graphitic sorbents
Dr. Paolo Ciccioli
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Co-Guest Editor
Institute of Biological Systems, Italian National Research Council, 00015 Rome, Italy
Interests: physical chemistry of graphitic carbons; enrichment and separation methods for organic pollutants in air; removal of organic contaminants from indoor environments and industrial processes
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Prof. Dr. Sara Bogialli
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Co-Guest Editor
Laboratory of Analytical chemistry, Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Padua, Italy
Interests: optimization of sample preparation methods for organic contaminants; liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry; high-resolution mass spectrometry; target and non-target analysis; emerging contaminants in environment
Prof. Dr. Maria Sarno
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Co-Guest Editor
Department of Physics and Centre NANO_MATES (Research Centre for Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology at the University of Salerno) University of Salerno, 84084 Salerno, Italy
Interests: electron microscopy; nanotechnology; catalysis; electrochemistry; sustainability; circular economy; nanomaterials and carbon materials; energy; environment; nanoelectronics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Carbon-based adsorbents are a broad class of materials including graphitic and amorphous carbons, and are widely used in different fields such as filtration, electrochemistry, purification and catalysis. However, the complexity of their structure and the variety of interactions occurring during the adsorption process generates a number of unexpected noteworthy chemical-physical phenomena. The deep understanding of these phenomena often results in remarkable unique applications. The aim of this Special Issue is to provide a detailed description of the performances, characteristics, and unclear aspects of the most promising families of carbon-based materials. 

The papers for this Special Issue should be focused mainly, although not exclusively, on advanced practical applications of carbon-based adsorbents such as graphitic carbons, graphene, carbon nanotubes, activated carbon fibers, and fullerene-based materials, excluding those obtained with active charcoals, on which a large body of literature is already available. Papers discussing the physical-chemical characterization of carbon-based adsorbents using spectroscopic techniques are also welcome, especially when dealing with those molecular-level interactions affecting performance. Papers dealing with modifications of carbon-based adsorbents (including electrochemical modulation) will also be included, as far as evidence is provided of advantages that their use has in terms of ease of use and economic reward. Emphasis should be given to investigations on those aspects, such as adsorption (either in gas or liquid phases), catalysis, and functionalization processes of carbon-based materials, that can lead to original and challenging applications in various scientific fields, such as advanced materials technologies and environmental, separation, and biological sciences, including more recent applications in space technologies and preventing the spread of coronavirus.

Prof. Dr. Carlo Crescenzi
Dr. Paolo Ciccioli
Prof. Dr. Sara Bogialli
Prof. Dr. Maria Sarno
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • Carbon-based adsorbents
  • Graphitic carbon materials
  • Adsorption and catalysis mechanism
  • Solid-phase extraction
  • Separation techniques
  • Spectroscopic characterization

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.

Tentative title: “ Surface chemistry of polymer-based nanoporous carbons and their application to the adsorption of amines

Abstract: Due to their pore structure, activated carbons have been traditionally used for media purification in a wide variety of applications. Pharmaceutical impurities can contain in some cases dangling amine groups. However, activated charcoals commonly used in downstream purifications have a basic surface pH. A polymer-based carbon containing an acidic and hydrophilic surface could be more effective for the separation of amine impurities. The objective of this report was to characterize and evaluate the ability of an acidic polymer-based nanoporous carbon in the 30-70 µm particle size range to remove model amines by measuring the static kinetic and equilibrium adsorption capacity and by comparing the acidic polymer-carbon to a commercial charcoal.

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