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Themed collection Catalysis for Production of Renewable Energy

21 articles
Editorial

Catalysis for production of renewable energy

Guest editors Jinlong Gong and Rafael Luque introduce the Catalysis for Production of Renewable Energy themed issue of Chemical Society Reviews.

Graphical abstract: Catalysis for production of renewable energy
From the themed collection: Catalysis for Production of Renewable Energy
Review Article

Review of old chemistry and new catalytic advances in the on-purpose synthesis of butadiene

This review covers old and recent catalytic achievements in the field of on-purpose synthesis of butadiene from a biomass-related feedstock, covering discussions on the various feedstock possibilities, thermodynamics, reaction conditions, reaction paths and catalyst development.

Graphical abstract: Review of old chemistry and new catalytic advances in the on-purpose synthesis of butadiene
From the themed collection: Catalysis for Production of Renewable Energy
Open Access Review Article

Heterogeneous catalysis for sustainable biodiesel production via esterification and transesterification

Low temperature catalytic conversion of triglycerides and fatty acids sourced from renewable feedstocks represents a key enabling technology for the sustainable production of biodiesel through energy efficient, intensified processes.

Graphical abstract: Heterogeneous catalysis for sustainable biodiesel production via esterification and transesterification
From the themed collection: Catalysis for Production of Renewable Energy
Review Article

Catalytic fast pyrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass

We summarize the development of catalysts and provide the current understanding of the chemistry for catalytic fast pyrolysis of lignocelluloses biomass.

Graphical abstract: Catalytic fast pyrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass
From the themed collection: Catalysis for Production of Renewable Energy
Review Article

Engineering nanointerfaces for nanocatalysis

We focus on recent advances in the delicate design of well-defined nanointerfaces to promote nanocatalysis towards renewable energy.

Graphical abstract: Engineering nanointerfaces for nanocatalysis
From the themed collection: Catalysis for Production of Renewable Energy
Open Access Review Article

Mesoporous materials for clean energy technologies

The development of controlled mesoporosity unlocks new opportunities in clean energy technologies by providing better accessibility, a higher surface area and better dispersion of the active phase.

Graphical abstract: Mesoporous materials for clean energy technologies
From the themed collection: Catalysis for Production of Renewable Energy
Review Article

Dehydration, dehydrogenation, and condensation of alcohols on supported oxide catalysts based on cyclic (WO3)3 and (MoO3)3 clusters

The review summarizes recent synthesis and reactivity studies of model oxide catalysts prepared by the deposition of gas phase cyclic (WO3)3 and (MoO3)3 clusters.

Graphical abstract: Dehydration, dehydrogenation, and condensation of alcohols on supported oxide catalysts based on cyclic (WO3)3 and (MoO3)3 clusters
From the themed collection: Catalysis for Production of Renewable Energy
Review Article

Ionic liquid-based green processes for energy production

We review ionic liquid-based processes in the renewable energy field, including CO2 conversion, biomass conversion, solar energy and energy storage.

Graphical abstract: Ionic liquid-based green processes for energy production
From the themed collection: Catalysis for Production of Renewable Energy
Review Article

A review of dry (CO2) reforming of methane over noble metal catalysts

This extensive review covers wide range of aspects helpful for efficiently designing a natural gas reforming catalyst.

Graphical abstract: A review of dry (CO2) reforming of methane over noble metal catalysts
From the themed collection: Catalysis for Production of Renewable Energy
Review Article

Earth-abundant cocatalysts for semiconductor-based photocatalytic water splitting

Active and robust cocatalysts constructed from earth-abundant elements greatly contribute to the highly efficient, stable and cost-effective photocatalytic water splitting.

Graphical abstract: Earth-abundant cocatalysts for semiconductor-based photocatalytic water splitting
From the themed collection: Catalysis for Production of Renewable Energy
Review Article

New advances in the use of infrared absorption spectroscopy for the characterization of heterogeneous catalytic reactions

Infrared absorption spectroscopy is perhaps the most versatile and informative spectroscopy available for the characterization of catalysts and catalytic reactions.

Graphical abstract: New advances in the use of infrared absorption spectroscopy for the characterization of heterogeneous catalytic reactions
From the themed collection: Catalysis for Production of Renewable Energy
Review Article

Oxygen electrocatalysts in metal–air batteries: from aqueous to nonaqueous electrolytes

The status and challenges of oxygen electrocatalysts in aqueous Zn–air and nonaqueous Li–air batteries are comparably reviewed.

Graphical abstract: Oxygen electrocatalysts in metal–air batteries: from aqueous to nonaqueous electrolytes
From the themed collection: Catalysis for Production of Renewable Energy
Review Article

Cathodic catalysts in bioelectrochemical systems for energy recovery from wastewater

This review introduces the properties, challenges and new opportunities of various cathodic catalysts including electrocatalysts, photoelectrocatalysts and bioelectrocatalysts in BES.

Graphical abstract: Cathodic catalysts in bioelectrochemical systems for energy recovery from wastewater
From the themed collection: Catalysis for Production of Renewable Energy
Tutorial Review

Lignin depolymerisation strategies: towards valuable chemicals and fuels

Research on lignin deconstruction has recently become the center of interest for scientists and companies worldwide, racing towards harvesting fossil-fuel like aromatic compounds which are so durably put together by plants as products of millions of years of evolution.

Graphical abstract: Lignin depolymerisation strategies: towards valuable chemicals and fuels
From the themed collection: Catalysis for Production of Renewable Energy
Tutorial Review

Zeolites as catalysts in oil refining

This tutorial review describes the general properties of zeolites and their prevalent role as heterogeneous catalysts in oil refining.

Graphical abstract: Zeolites as catalysts in oil refining
From the themed collection: Catalysis for Production of Renewable Energy
Tutorial Review

Photoelectrochemical hydrogen production from biomass derivatives and water

Photoelectrochemical hydrogen production from renewable biomass derivatives and water is a promising approach to produce green chemical fuels.

Graphical abstract: Photoelectrochemical hydrogen production from biomass derivatives and water
From the themed collection: Catalysis for Production of Renewable Energy
Tutorial Review

Catalysis for biomass and CO2 use through solar energy: opening new scenarios for a sustainable and low-carbon chemical production

The use of biomass, bio-waste and CO2 derived raw materials, the latter synthesized using H2 produced using renewable energy sources, opens new scenarios to develop a sustainable and low carbon chemical production.

Graphical abstract: Catalysis for biomass and CO2 use through solar energy: opening new scenarios for a sustainable and low-carbon chemical production
From the themed collection: Catalysis for Production of Renewable Energy
Tutorial Review

Controllable fabrication of nanostructured materials for photoelectrochemical water splitting via atomic layer deposition

This review describes the current status of rational design and fabrication of nanostructured materials for photoelectrochemical solar water splitting via atomic layer deposition techniques.

Graphical abstract: Controllable fabrication of nanostructured materials for photoelectrochemical water splitting via atomic layer deposition
From the themed collection: Catalysis for Production of Renewable Energy
Tutorial Review

Alkane activation on crystalline metal oxide surfaces

Late transition-metal oxide surfaces that expose coordinatively-unsaturated metal atoms promote the formation and bond activation of alkane σ-complexes.

Graphical abstract: Alkane activation on crystalline metal oxide surfaces
From the themed collection: Catalysis for Production of Renewable Energy
Tutorial Review

Molecular artificial photosynthesis

Artificial photosynthesis involves transforming water and CO2 into O2 and carbohydrates: a challenging task for bioinspired renewable energy conversion schemes.

Graphical abstract: Molecular artificial photosynthesis
From the themed collection: Catalysis for Production of Renewable Energy
Tutorial Review

Recent advances in semiconductors for photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical water splitting

This tutorial review covers the fundamental aspects of and recent advances in photocatalytic and PEC water splitting under visible light.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in semiconductors for photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical water splitting
From the themed collection: Catalysis for Production of Renewable Energy
21 articles

About this collection

We are pleased to present a themed issue of Chemical Society Reviews on Catalysis for Production of Renewable Energy. The aim of this themed issue is to provide a sampling of key contributions and advances on novel and innovative catalytic methodologies and characterization tools for the production of renewable energies, encompassing areas of knowledge from fuel cells to biofuels, biomass and waste valorisation, solar energy and other related topics. The issue was guest edited by Jinlong Gong and Rafael Luque. New articles will be added to this collection as they are published.

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