Special Issue "Oxide-Based Materials for Sustainable Catalytic Processes"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Delia Gazzoli
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Guest Editor
Department of Chemistry, Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza, Rome, Italy
Interests: materials science; surface chemistry; bulk and surface properties of oxide systems; catalysts characterization; surface structure and catalytic properties
Prof. Elisabetta Rombi
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Guest Editor
Department of Chemical and Geological Sciences, Università di Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy
Interests: heterogeneous catalysis; synthesis and characterization of mesoporous and microporous catalysts; catalytic tests

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Oxides are versatile materials that have a wide range of properties and technological applications deriving from their chemical stability and peculiar chemical and physical properties involving bulk and surface structure. As nanomaterials, they represent a growing resource in many fields due to their tunable physicochemical properties, resulting in enhanced performances compared to their bulk counterparts.

In heterogeneous catalysis, metal oxides, either as active phases or as supports, represent one of the most important classes of solid catalysts for the production of chemicals and chemical intermediates; energy conversion; and environmental remediation. Among the different families of catalysts, supported systems play a key role since catalyst performance depends on a variety of parameters, including particle size and shape, surface structure, interaction between surface species, and support materials.

The design of robust oxide-based catalysts with high performances and tailored functionalities for existing and new applications requires the development of strategies to obtain materials with intentionally designed structures and composition, as well as an accurate characterization of bulk and surfaces properties. To this end, besides the traditional characterization techniques, a number of methods applied under operating conditions allow for a better understanding of the nature, structure, composition, and reactivity of both the support and supported species.

This Special Issue is aimed at covering recent research and new trends in the development and application of oxide-based materials and nanomaterials in different fields of heterogeneous catalysis, including energy production, biomass valorization, and environmental remediation.

The Editors welcome contributions in the form of research papers, communications and reviews focusing on design and development of new oxide-based materials for sustainable catalytic processes, characterization of oxide surfaces including operando methods, relations between structure and catalytic properties.

Prof. Delia Gazzoli
Prof. Elisabetta Rombi
Guest Editors

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  • Supported oxide systems
  • Design and development of new catalytic materials
  • Nanomaterials
  • Characterization of oxide surfaces
  • Surface science
  • Operando spectroscopy
  • Catalysis and energy materials
  • Carbon dioxide valorization
  • Biomass conversion
  • Catalysis for renewable sources.

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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