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Special Issue "Catalytic Transformations for Green and Sustainable Chemistry"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2020).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Tommaso Tabanelli
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Dipartimento di Chimica Industriale "Toso Montanari", Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna, Viale Risorgimento 4, 40136 Bologna, Italy
Interests: metal nanoparticles; heterogeneous catalysis; nanostructured metal oxides; biomass transformation; in situ and operando techniques
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Prof. Dr. Nikolaos Dimitratos
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Dipartimento di Chimica Industriale "Toso Montanari", Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna, Viale Risorgimento 4, 40136 Bologna, Italy
Interests: heterogeneous catalysis; catalysis for energy; H2 production; CO2 transformation to methanol; biomass transformation; supported metal nanoparticles; heteropolyacids; biomass conversion; bifunctional catalysts; size and shape control of metal colloids; in situ and operando spectroscopy; advanced characterization using synchrotron and neutron techniques
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent decades, biomass-derived chemicals have emerged as key platform chemicals for the production of fine chemicals and liquid fuels. A range of heterogeneous catalysts have been synthesized, and their catalytic performance has been evaluated for new sustainable chemical processes including the usage of biomass-derived chemicals. Supported metal nanoparticles, mixed metal oxides, heteropolyacids, zeolites, and metal organic frameworks have been extensively investigated as active, stable, and selective heterogeneous catalysts, for which the control of parameters such as particle size, porosity, acid–basic and redox properties is crucial. Moreover, the crucial role of the solvent and the choice of reactor design and final chemical processes for controlling activity, selectivity, and long-term performance have been extensively explored by the scientific community.

We invite the scientific community to submit contributions in the form of original research articles and review articles on solid catalysts and their applications in biomass transformation. We are particularly interested in articles describing:

  1.  Bioethanol production from biomass
  2. Furfural transformation
  3. Levulinic acid transformation
  4. HMF transformation
  5. Olefin production from biomass-derived molecules
  6. Synthesis of organic carbonates
  7. Deactivation studies using in situ and ex situ spectroscopic techniques
  8. Mechanistic studies of biomass-derived oxygenates
  9. Computational modeling and simulation of biomass-derived processes
  10. Transfer hydrogenation processes of biomass-derived molecules
  11. Lignin valorisation
  12. Hydrogen from catalytic reforming of biomass-derived molecules

Dr. Tommaso Tabanelli
Prof. Nikolaos Dimitratos
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Published Papers

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