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.
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.
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.
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.
Engineering nanointerfaces for nanocatalysis
We focus on recent advances in the delicate design of well-defined nanointerfaces to promote nanocatalysis towards renewable energy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Molecular artificial photosynthesis
Artificial photosynthesis involves transforming water and CO2 into O2 and carbohydrates: a challenging task for bioinspired renewable energy conversion schemes.
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.