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Catalytic applications of waste derived materials

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Sustainability has become a watchword and guiding principle for modern society, and with it a growing appreciation that anthropogenic ‘waste’, in all its manifold forms, can offer a valuable source of energy, construction materials, chemicals and high value functional products. In the context of chemical transformations, waste materials not only provide alternative renewable feedstocks, but also a resource from which to create catalysts. Such waste-derived heterogeneous catalysts serve to improve the overall energy and atom-efficiency of existing and novel chemical processes. This review outlines key chemical transformations for which waste-derived heterogeneous catalysts have been developed, spanning biomass conversion to environmental remediation, and their benefits and disadvantages relative to conventional catalytic technologies.

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The article was received on 25 Nov 2015, accepted on 12 Jan 2016 and first published on 20 Jan 2016


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5TA09613H
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. A, 2016,4, 3617-3637
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    Catalytic applications of waste derived materials

    J. A. Bennett, K. Wilson and A. F. Lee, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2016, 4, 3617
    DOI: 10.1039/C5TA09613H

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