Special Issue "Hybrid Catalysis and Materials for Sustainable Processes"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 September 2019) | Viewed by 1722
Interests: agricultural engineering; biosystems engineering; Agriculture 4.0; energy management systems in agriculture; energy input output analysis
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Special Issue in Catalysts: Catalysis and Biocatalysis for the Sustainable Valorization of Biomass
Interests: biocatalysis, hybrid catalysis, nanomaterials, enzymes, lipases, biomass valorization, levoglucosan, glycerol, biotransformation, microorganism, biochemistry
Catalysis is at the heart of many industrial chemical processes. Enzyme-catalyzed reactions are highly efficient in terms of selectivity, but very often catalysts (or products) cannot be easy recovered. On the other hand, heterogeneously catalyzed reactions can allow easier and more efficient separation of high value products from the catalyst. However, the selectivity and conversion rates are often limited by the multiphasic nature of these systems and/or variations in active site distribution. For these reasons, the development of highly selective and efficient hybrid catalysts is extremely necessary. Hybrid organic–inorganic materials have attracted much attention in the last years due to their wide range of applications. They face the unsolved need of the fine chemical industry to find new and more efficient catalytic systems as possible alternatives to abandon stoichiometric processes still in use. The inspiration for catalysis assembly mainly comes from nature, which has found an ingenious way to perform cascade reactions in the environment of the cells over enzymes. Thus, the development of strategies towards advanced complex hybrid architectures using pre-organized or self-assembled structures is a main challenge of hybrid catalysis. This review focuses on the synthesis, characterization and application of hybrid catalysts. We emphasize the factors that have to be considered in order to understand their catalytic activity. This is because a better understanding of catalytic materials is now an essential tool not only for the choice of the best preparation route in the synthesis of fine chemicals for industry, the synthons for pharmaceutical applications and new bio-based compounds. This Special Issue of Sustainability is seeking papers that can demonstrate new developments in hybrid catalysis and processes. We are looking for works dealing with enzymes and/or the immobilization of homogeneous catalysts and their use in sustainable processes, as well as for new advances in hybrid processes and reactor engineering.
Dr. Robert Wojcieszak
Prof. Dr. Ivaldo Itabaiana Junior
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- Surface immobilization
- Encapsulation of active catalysts
- Cell immobilization
- Enzyme immobilization
- Chemical aspects of immobilization
- Methods for hybrid material regeneration
- Methods for hybrid material characterization
- Semi-synthetic and artificial enzymes
- Inorganic and organic materials for immobilization
- Advanced hybrid-, nano- and bioreactor reactors
- Application in catalysis
- Enzyme biotechnology
- New sustainable processes using hybrid materials