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Hierarchically structured reactors containing nanocarbons for intensification of chemical reactions

Abstract

Carbon nanomaterials, such as carbon nanotubes, carbon nanofibers and graphene, featured functional properties and tailored nanoscale dimension have been wildly used in different research fields, especially for the catalysis and sustainable chemistry. The hierarchically structured reactors, combining nanoscopic coating carbon layer to disperse the active phase or even directly as metal-free catalysts, with controlled macroscopic shapes, have been extensively developed since the last decades for numerous relevant catalytic processes, where mass and heat transfers are easily optimized for better catalytic performance and stability. The 3-D structuration enables to fully exploit the intrinsic activity of the catalyst and its industrial deployment without drawbacks linked with nanomaterials. In this review article, we will summarize the recent developments involved in the field of hierarchically structured reactors, i.e. monolith, foam and others, containing carbon nanomaterials. It is expected that such structured reactors will face high scientific and industrial interests in the future not only in the field of catalysis but also to those linked with wastewater purification or aerosol filtration processes. It will also be evidenced how the hierarchically structured materials have contributed to the intensification of catalytic processes compared to conventional reactors, thus paving the way to the enhancement of other chemical reactions and its industrial deployments.

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The article was received on 03 Aug 2017, accepted on 21 Sep 2017 and first published on 21 Sep 2017


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7TA06826C
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017, Accepted Manuscript
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    Hierarchically structured reactors containing nanocarbons for intensification of chemical reactions

    E. Garcia-Bordeje, Y. Liu, D. Su and C. Pham-Huu, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C7TA06826C

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