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Special Issue "Catalysis for Energy Storage and CO2 Conversion"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Green Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2019)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Carlo Nervi

Department of Chemistry and NIS (Centre of excellence), University of Turin, via P. Giuria 7, 10125 Torino (Italy) and CIRCC, via Celso Ulpiani 27, 70126 Bari (Italy)
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Interests: inorganic electrochemistry; organometallic compounds; catalysts and electrocatalysts for energy and CO2 conversion; water splitting; DFT calculations; energy storage

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Special Issue is focused on a hot topic, namely the catalytic conversion of CO2 in chemically-useful products, as well as chemical approaches that will provide a renewable (green) energy source in order to mitigate CO2 emissions.

The continued release of huge amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere by human activities raises several environmental concerns. CO2 emissions are strictly connected with the worldwide energy demand and the consumption and depletion of non-renewable fossil fuels. While Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) could be a short-term environmental approach, a wise long-term solution must be undoubtedly developed. An efficient way to transform CO2 in useful chemicals and/or fuel precursors, adopting renewable green energies, would represents a perfect goal in mitigating two of the most important problems that our society is facing.

Worldwide researchers working in the field, are cordially invited to contribute with original research papers or reviews to this Special Issue of Molecules, which is dealing with the design, synthesis, and evaluation of novel catalysts/methods for efficient energy storage and CO2 conversion.

Prof. Dr. Carlo Nervi
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Electrochemical CO2 reduction
  • Chemical CO2 reduction
  • Photochemical CO2 reduction
  • Electrocatalysis for CO2 reduction
  • Photoelectrochemical Cells
  • Water Splitting
  • Efficient Energy Storage
  • Renewable Hydrogen Production

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Cu(I)/Ionic Liquids Promote the Conversion of Carbon Dioxide into Oxazolidinones at Room Temperature
Molecules 2019, 24(7), 1241; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules24071241
Received: 3 March 2019 / Revised: 27 March 2019 / Accepted: 28 March 2019 / Published: 29 March 2019
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Recently, the efficient chemical fixation of carbon dioxide (CO2) into high value chemicals without using noble metal catalysts has become extremely appealing from the viewpoint of sustainable chemistry. In this work, a one-pot three component reaction of propargylic alcohols, anines and [...] Read more.
Recently, the efficient chemical fixation of carbon dioxide (CO2) into high value chemicals without using noble metal catalysts has become extremely appealing from the viewpoint of sustainable chemistry. In this work, a one-pot three component reaction of propargylic alcohols, anines and CO2 that can proceed in an atom economy and environmentally benign manner by combination of CuI and tetrabutylphosphonium imidazol ([P4444][Im]) as a catalyst was described. Catalysis studies indicate that this catalytic system is an effective catalyst for the conversion of CO2 into oxazolidinones at room temperature and ambient pressure without any solvent. The results provide a useful way to design novel noble metal-free catalyst systems for the transformation of CO2 into other valuable compounds. Full article
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Study of Catalytic CO2 Absorption and Desorption with Tertiary Amine DEEA and 1DMA-2P with the Aid of Solid Acid and Solid Alkaline Chemicals
Molecules 2019, 24(6), 1009; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules24061009
Received: 21 January 2019 / Revised: 4 March 2019 / Accepted: 8 March 2019 / Published: 13 March 2019
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Studies of catalytic CO2 absorption and desorption were completed in two well-performed tertiary amines: diethylmonoethanolamine (DEEA) and 1-dimethylamino-2-propanol (1DMA-2P), with the aid of CaCO3 and MgCO3 in the absorption process, and with the aid of γ-Al2O3 and [...] Read more.
Studies of catalytic CO2 absorption and desorption were completed in two well-performed tertiary amines: diethylmonoethanolamine (DEEA) and 1-dimethylamino-2-propanol (1DMA-2P), with the aid of CaCO3 and MgCO3 in the absorption process, and with the aid of γ-Al2O3 and H-ZSM-5 in the desorption process. The batch process was used for CO2 absorption with solid alkalis, and the recirculation process was used for CO2 desorption with solid acid catalysts. The CO2 equilibrium solubility and pKa were also measured at 293 K with results comparable to the literature. The catalytic tests discovered that the heterogeneous catalysis of tertiary amines on both absorption and desorption sides were quite different from monoethanolamine (MEA) and diethanolamine (DEA). These results were illustrative as a start-up to further study of the kinetics of heterogeneous catalysis of CO2 to tertiary amines based on their special reaction schemes and base-catalyzed hydration mechanism. Full article
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