Special Issue "Advanced Nanostructured Materials for Catalytic Applications towards Fine Chemicals Production"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Catalytic Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Marcello Crucianelli
Guest Editor
Department of Physical and Chemical Sciences (DSFC), University of L'Aquila, via Vetoio-Coppito Due, 67100 L'Aquila, Italy
Interests: organometallic chemistry; catalysis; hybrid nanostructures
Dr. Andrea Lazzarini
Guest Editor
Department of Physical and Chemical Sciences (DSFC), University of L'Aquila, via Vetoio-Coppito Due, 67100 L'Aquila, Italy
Interests: operando characterization; industrial catalysis; spectroscopy; nanoparticles; catalyst modification

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Modern chemical industry is progressively focusing its attention on more advanced and specific chemical moieties and molecules within the challenging field of the production of high-added-value products. Furthermore, new environmental challenges are capturing the attention of the scientific community and pushing its efforts towards the direction of a greener chemistry. In order to achieve these targets, we need to improve the efficiency of industrial processes rationally designing brand new catalysts as well as modifying existing catalysts. The aim of this Special Issue on “Advanced Nanostructured Materials for Catalytic Applications towards Fine Chemicals Production” is to gather the state of the art knowledge about novel nanomaterials and/or their novel preparation methods, innovative characterization techniques and catalyst testing, proving the novelty of the obtained material in the direction of a better catalytic performance, such as in the case of multisite catalytic materials, thus producing a clear improvement in economic and environmental terms. Submissions to this Special Issue of original research about bottom–up/top–down synthetic methodologies that are selectively effective on specific functional groups at the surface of the catalysts, characterization techniques in both in situ and in operando conditions devoted to demonstrating the nature of the active phase, studies about structure–activity relationships, and elucidation of catalytic reaction mechanisms will be gladly considered.

This Special Issue will cover but will not be limited to the following topics:

  • Engineered nanomaterials;
  • Metal organic framework;
  • Carbon nanoparticles;
  • Porous organic polymers;
  • Multisite hybrid organic–inorganic nanospheres;
  • Chiral hybrid catalysts;
  • Multifunctional lamellar hybrid materials;
  • Metallic nanoclusters;
  • Composite polyoxometalate materials;
  • Operando characterization;
  • Reaction mechanism.

It is our pleasure to invite you to submit a manuscript for this Special Issue. Research papers, communications or short reviews are welcome.

Prof. Marcello Crucianelli
Dr. Andrea Lazzarini
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Engineered nanomaterials
  • Metal organic framework
  • Carbon nanoparticles
  • Porous organic polymers
  • Multisite hybrid organic–inorganic nanospheres
  • Chiral hybrid catalysts
  • Multifunctional lamellar hybrid materials
  • Metallic nanoclusters
  • Composite polyoxometalate materials
  • Operando characterization
  • Reaction mechanism

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: Support-Activity Relationship in Heterogeneous Catalysts for Biomass Valorization and Fine-chemicals Production
Authors: Andrea Lazzarini; Roberta Colaiezzi; Marcello Crucianelli
Affiliation: Department of Physical and Chemical Sciences, University of L’Aquila, via Vetoio-COPPITO 2, 67100 - L’Aquila, Italy

Title: Catalytic Dendrimer Structures in the Synthesis of Fine Chemicals
Authors: Bruno Mattia Bizzarri; Lorenzo Botta; Davide Piccinino; Eliana Capecchi; Raffaele Saladino
Affiliation: Department of Biological and Ecological Sciences, University of Tuscia, Via S. Camillo de Lellis, 01100 Viterbo, Italy

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