Issue 10, 2016

Catalytic applications of waste derived materials


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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Article type
Review Article
25 Nov 2015
12 Jan 2016
First published
20 Jan 2016
This article is Open Access
Creative Commons BY license

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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