Special Issue "Application of New Nanoparticle Structures as Catalysts"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 July 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Antonio Guerrero Ruiz

Department of Inorganic and Technical Chemistry, UNED
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Interests: identification of catalytic surface sites, doped graphenic materials used as support metallic nanoparticles, transformations of chemicals produced from the biomass into hydrocarbons, and acid catalysts derived from polyoxometalates.
Guest Editor
Prof. Inmaculada Rodríguez-Ramos

Instituto de Catálisis y Petroleoquímica, CSIC
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Interests: nanomaterials, nanocatalysis, C1 chemistry, production of hydrocarbons, hydrogen production, biomass valorization reactions, carbon nanostructures, and carbon-based catalysts.

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Catalysts are made of nanoparticles of metals, metal oxides, and other compounds that may act as active phases, support the latter, or a combination of both. The initial incentive to reduce as much as possible, up to the nano-scale, the size of the particles of catalyst active components is to maximize the surface area exposed to reactants, thus minimizing the specific cost per function and increasing the rate of conversion of feedstocks to products in relatively simple reactions. Nowadays, the interest in nanocatalyst developments has shifted to an emphasis on improving the selectivity of catalysts, allowing one to obtain desirable reactions in more complex synthetic processes. Thus, new generations of nanocatalysts should be designed at the molecular level to display well-defined structural characteristics, in terms of size, shapes, hierarchicall porosity, and morphologies, as well as with controlled chemical composition. The development of efficient nanocatalysts supposes the characterization of their various surface active sites at the nanometer scale, which is focused on establishing of synthesis-structure-performance relationships.

This Special Issue welcomes contributions dealing with the design, characterization, and application of new nanocatalysts for relevant challenging processes, such as those specially developed to enable the insertion of new energy resources, or those related wto the sustainable synthesis of chemicals.

Prof. Antonio Guerrero Ruiz
Prof. Inmaculada Rodríguez-Ramos
Guest Editors

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  • sustainable chemistry
  • catalysts for energy
  • well-defined surface sites
  • nanocatalysts
  • nanomaterials
  • heterogeneous catalysis

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Coupling Plasmonic and Cocatalyst Nanoparticles on N–TiO2 for Visible-Light-Driven Catalytic Organic Synthesis
Nanomaterials 2019, 9(3), 391; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano9030391
Received: 29 January 2019 / Revised: 27 February 2019 / Accepted: 1 March 2019 / Published: 7 March 2019
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The use of the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) effect of plasmonic metal nanocomposites to promote photocarrier generation is a strongly emerging field for improving the catalytic performance under visible-light irradiation. In this study, a novel plasmonic photocatalyst, AuPt/N–TiO2, was prepared via [...] Read more.
The use of the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) effect of plasmonic metal nanocomposites to promote photocarrier generation is a strongly emerging field for improving the catalytic performance under visible-light irradiation. In this study, a novel plasmonic photocatalyst, AuPt/N–TiO2, was prepared via a photo-deposition–calcination technique. The Au nanoparticles (NPs) were used herein to harvest visible-light energy via the SPR effect, and Pt NPs were employed as a cocatalyst for trapping the energetic electrons from the semiconductor, leading to a high solar-energy conversion efficiency. The Au2Pt2/N–TiO2 catalyst, herein with the irradiation wavelength in the range 460–800 nm, exhibited a reaction rate ~24 times greater than that of TiO2, and the apparent quantum yield at 500 nm reached 5.86%, indicative of the successful functionalization of N–TiO2 by the integration of Au plasmonic NPs and the Pt cocatalyst. Also, we investigated the effects of two parameters, light source intensity and wavelength, in photocatalytic reactions. It is indicated that the as-prepared AuPt/N–TiO2 photocatalyst can cause selective oxidation of benzyl alcohol under visible-light irradiation with a markedly enhanced selectivity and yield. Full article
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