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Special Issue "Reactions for the Production of Levulinic Acid and for Its Transformations into Value-Added Chemicals"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Michela Signoretto

Department of Molecular Sciences and Nano Systems, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Via Torino 155, 30172 Mestre Venezia, Italy
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Interests: nanostructured materials; heterogeneous catalysts; sustainable processes; mesoporous materials; green applications
Guest Editor
Dr. Federica Menegazzo

Department of Molecular Sciences and Nano Systems, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Via Torino 155, 30172 Mestre Venezia, Italy
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Interests: heterogeneous catalysis; metal nanoparticles; oxidation reactions; industrial processes; biomass valorization

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The challenge for chemists today is to develop sustainable processes to transform biomasses to chemicals and fuels. In particular, one of the goals for the future is biomass conversion to value-added chemicals by heterogeneous, homogeneous and enzymatic catalysts.

Levulinic acid (LA) is one of the twelve platform chemicals proposed by the US Department of Energy. In fact, LA is a versatile building block for the synthesis of various organic compounds that can be used for example as fuel additives, herbicides, pharmaceutical, flavor, precursors in the polymer industries. Therefore, production of LA has become one of the key steps in biomass conversion. LA can be produced from the dehydration of hexose, from dehydration of xylose as well as from carbohydrates such as starch or cellulose and also directly from raw biomasses.

The aim of this Special Issue is to present a current overview of recent developments in the field of the still open challenges for both LA production and LA applications.

All researchers working in the field are cordially invited to contribute original research papers or reviews to this Special Issue of Molecules.

Prof. Michela Signoretto
Dr. Federica Menegazzo
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Molecules is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Levulinic acid
  • Biomass valorization
  • Heterogeneous, homogeneous, enzymatic catalysis
  • Renewables
  • Platform chemicals
  • Biorefinery

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