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Themed collection Harvesting Renewable Energy with Chemistry

15 articles
Editorial

Harvesting renewable energy with chemistry

Guest Editors Walter Leitner, Elsje Alessandra Quadrelli and Robert Schlögl introduce the Green Chemistry themed issue on “Harvesting Renewable Energy with Chemistry”.

Graphical abstract: Harvesting renewable energy with chemistry
From the themed collection: Harvesting Renewable Energy with Chemistry
Open Access Perspective

Future perspectives for formaldehyde: pathways for reductive synthesis and energy storage

This perspective article spreads light on the recent directions towards the low-temperature reductive synthesis of formaldehyde and its derivatives and low-temperature formaldehyde reforming for hydrogen generation.

Graphical abstract: Future perspectives for formaldehyde: pathways for reductive synthesis and energy storage
From the themed collection: Harvesting Renewable Energy with Chemistry
Critical Review

Syngas production from electrochemical reduction of CO2: current status and prospective implementation

The opportunities and challenges for exploiting the production of syngas from the electrochemical reduction of CO2 are critically reviewed and analysed.

Graphical abstract: Syngas production from electrochemical reduction of CO2: current status and prospective implementation
From the themed collection: 2017 Green Chemistry Hot Articles
Open Access Critical Review

Structural models of the biological oxygen-evolving complex: achievements, insights, and challenges for biomimicry

Recent developments on structural mimics for the oxygen-evolving complex of photosystem II are reviewed and discussed.

Graphical abstract: Structural models of the biological oxygen-evolving complex: achievements, insights, and challenges for biomimicry
From the themed collection: Harvesting Renewable Energy with Chemistry
Communication

Earth-abundant photocatalytic systems for the visible-light-driven reduction of CO2 to CO

A highly selective earth-abundant photocalytic system, based on an in situ copper photosensitizer and an iron catalyst, was developed for the CO2-to-CO transformation.

Graphical abstract: Earth-abundant photocatalytic systems for the visible-light-driven reduction of CO2 to CO
From the themed collection: Harvesting Renewable Energy with Chemistry
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Continuous niobium phosphate catalysed Skraup reaction for quinoline synthesis from solketal

Solketal is derived from the reaction of acetone with glycerol, a by-product of the biodiesel industry. We demonstrate the use of NbOPO4 as a catalyst for the conversion of solketal and anilines to quinolines.

Graphical abstract: Continuous niobium phosphate catalysed Skraup reaction for quinoline synthesis from solketal
From the themed collection: Harvesting Renewable Energy with Chemistry
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Core-substituted naphthalenediimides anchored on BiVO4 for visible light-driven water splitting

Smart photocatalysts based on BiVO4 coupled to novel noble-metal-free core-substituted naphthalenediimides for the sunlight-driven water splitting reaction.

Graphical abstract: Core-substituted naphthalenediimides anchored on BiVO4 for visible light-driven water splitting
From the themed collection: Harvesting Renewable Energy with Chemistry
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Storing solar energy with chemistry: the role of thermochemical storage in concentrating solar power

Concentrating solar power (CSP) with thermal energy storage has the potential for grid-scale dispatchable power generation.

Graphical abstract: Storing solar energy with chemistry: the role of thermochemical storage in concentrating solar power
From the themed collection: Harvesting Renewable Energy with Chemistry
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Photo-assisted water oxidation by high-nuclearity cobalt-oxo cores: tracing the catalyst fate during oxygen evolution turnover

Cobalt-oxo cores with Co>9 enable oxygen evolution under visible light with diffusional electron transfer and 32 ET events in 60 ms.

Graphical abstract: Photo-assisted water oxidation by high-nuclearity cobalt-oxo cores: tracing the catalyst fate during oxygen evolution turnover
From the themed collection: Harvesting Renewable Energy with Chemistry
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Mechanism of C–C bond formation in the electrocatalytic reduction of CO2 to acetic acid. A challenging reaction to use renewable energy with chemistry

A study on the mechanism of C–C bond formation in the electrocatalytic reduction of CO2 to acetic acid with Cu/CNT electrocatalysts.

Graphical abstract: Mechanism of C–C bond formation in the electrocatalytic reduction of CO2 to acetic acid. A challenging reaction to use renewable energy with chemistry
From the themed collection: Harvesting Renewable Energy with Chemistry
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Water splitting using a three-dimensional plasmonic photoanode with titanium dioxide nano-tunnels

A three-dimensional plasmonic photoanode using titanium dioxide nano-tunnels loaded with gold nanoparticles for water splitting was developed.

Graphical abstract: Water splitting using a three-dimensional plasmonic photoanode with titanium dioxide nano-tunnels
From the themed collection: Harvesting Renewable Energy with Chemistry
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Aqueous phase homogeneous formic acid disproportionation into methanol

Methanol is produced from the formic acid disproportionation reaction with unprecedented yields under mild conditions.

Graphical abstract: Aqueous phase homogeneous formic acid disproportionation into methanol
From the themed collection: Harvesting Renewable Energy with Chemistry
Open Access Paper

Electrocatalytic upgrading of itaconic acid to methylsuccinic acid using fermentation broth as a substrate solution

An electrocatalytic transformation of biomass based platform chemicals is feasible even using crude fermentation broth.

Graphical abstract: Electrocatalytic upgrading of itaconic acid to methylsuccinic acid using fermentation broth as a substrate solution
From the themed collection: Harvesting Renewable Energy with Chemistry
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Interfacial acidity in ligand-modified ruthenium nanoparticles boosts the hydrogenation of levulinic acid to gamma-valerolactone

Supported Ru-HHDMA nanoparticles are superior catalysts for the continuous-flow hydrogenation of levulinic acid to γ-valerolactone due to the bifunctional nature of the metal–ligand interface.

Graphical abstract: Interfacial acidity in ligand-modified ruthenium nanoparticles boosts the hydrogenation of levulinic acid to gamma-valerolactone
From the themed collection: Harvesting Renewable Energy with Chemistry
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Making H2 from light and biomass-derived alcohols: the outstanding activity of newly designed hierarchical MWCNT/Pd@TiO2 hybrid catalysts

Hydrogen evolution is among the most investigated catalytic processes given the importance of H2 from an industrial and an energy perspective.

Graphical abstract: Making H2 from light and biomass-derived alcohols: the outstanding activity of newly designed hierarchical MWCNT/Pd@TiO2 hybrid catalysts
From the themed collection: Harvesting Renewable Energy with Chemistry
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About this collection

Direct, efficient, and selective routes from renewable energies to targeted added-value chemicals are a crucial token of the necessary paradigm shift towards energy systems based on renewable resources. Guest-edited by Walter Leitner, Alessandra Quadrelli and Robert Schlögl, this special issue will highlight innovative concepts and recent developments in academia and industry at the interface between the energy and chemical sector. 

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