Special Issue "Catalysts for Energy and Environmental Applications"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rodica Zavoianu
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Guest Editor
Department of Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry and Catalysis, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Bucharest, 4-12, Blvd. Regina Elisabeta, 030018 Bucharest, Romania
Interests: layered double hydroxides; mixed oxides; nickel molybdate; red mud; catalytic oxidation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent decades, humankind has been confronted with two important issues: (i) the increased need for cheap and sustainable energy sources and (ii) the intensification of environmental pollution. Therefore, all around the world, researchers are constantly trying to transform renewable raw materials into fuels with high caloric power and to eliminate pollutants from air, water, and soil by designing and applying selective catalytic processes. Oxides, mixed oxides, composites containing oxide components, and metals supported on oxide carriers are among the most utilized catalysts for these processes.

This Special Issue aims to update the findings related to oxide-containing materials employed as catalysts for the production of ecological fuels and in the environmental protection, respectively. Special attention is directed at the development of such catalysts by waste valorization, since this sustainable approach would enable both an economy of natural resources and a diminution of energy consumption in the synthesis of these materials. The design of modified layered double hydroxides and perovskite structures, including thin-film heterostructures, also leads to a wide range of new materials which can act as catalysts for the production of hydrogen and other ecological fuels, as well as for the degradation of organic pollutants from liquid and gaseous effluents. Moreover, progresses in the synthesis of supported metal catalysts with nanodispersed metal active species are thought to bring important contributions to the increase of the catalytic efficiency.

Taking into account the aforementioned aspects, I cordially invite you to contribute your recent work (review articles, original papers, and communications) to this Special Issue on oxide catalysts for energy and environmental applications, but not limited to, the following materials-oriented categories:

  • LDH-derived mixed oxides and/or LDHs-composites;
  • Perovskites and/or perovskite composites;
  • Oxide catalysts from waste materials;
  • Oxometallate based materials;
  • Supported metal catalysts.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rodica Zavoianu
Guest Editor

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  • Ecologic fuels
  • Decontamination
  • Metal oxides catalysts
  • Supported metal catalysts
  • Waste valorization

Published Papers

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