Themed collection Catalysis for sustainable development
Reduction of sugar derivatives to valuable chemicals: utilization of asymmetric carbons
Recent progress on non-furfural routes from sugar derivatives to valuable chemicals including chiral chemicals was reviewed.
Photoelectrochemical solar fuels from carbon dioxide, water and sunlight
It is science, not magic. Solar fuels can be obtained from sunlight, water and carbon dioxide.
Recent progress with electrocatalysts for urea electrolysis in alkaline media for energy-saving hydrogen production
Urea electrolysis is a promising energy-saving avenue for hydrogen production owing to the low cell voltage, wastewater remediation and abundant electrocatalysts.
A comprehensive and critical review of the recent progress in electrocatalysts for the ethanol oxidation reaction
This review gives a broad vision of the current progress of transition metals and noble metal based electrocatalysts for ethanol oxidation reaction.
Copper-free Sonogashira cross-coupling reactions: an overview
The Sonogashira reaction is a cross-coupling reaction of a vinyl or aryl halide with a terminal alkyne to form a C–C bond.
Catalytic conversion of ethane to valuable products through non-oxidative dehydrogenation and dehydroaromatization
This review examines the catalytic ethane dehydrogenation and dehydroaromatization in terms of characteristics of active sites and their reaction mechanisms.
Efficient conversion of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural to high-value chemicals by chemo- and bio-catalysis
5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) is a very important versatile platform compound derived from renewable biomass.
A short review of recent advances in CO2 hydrogenation to hydrocarbons over heterogeneous catalysts
CO2 hydrogenation to hydrocarbons over heterogeneous catalysts.
CO2 conversion by reverse water gas shift catalysis: comparison of catalysts, mechanisms and their consequences for CO2 conversion to liquid fuels
The reverse water gas shift reaction, its proposed mechanisms, currently used and proposed catalysts and an intensified version of the reaction are evaluated for their abilities to significantly reduced CO2 atmospheric concentration.
Recent advances in the application of deep eutectic solvents as sustainable media as well as catalysts in organic reactions
This review highlights the recent advances using deep eutectic solvents (DESs), deep eutectic ionic liquids (DEILs), low-melting mixtures (LMMs) or low transition temperature mixtures (LTTMs) as green media as well as catalysts in organic reactions.
Recent advances in methanation catalysts for the production of synthetic natural gas
This review summarizes the recent progress in methanation catalysts for SNG production, which will provide insights for future catalysts design.
Aromatization of ethylene over zeolite-based catalysts
Elucidating the role of metal modification and confined hydrocarbon species in the aromatization of ethylene on zeolite catalysts.
Fabrication of CS/GA/RGO/Pd composite hydrogels for highly efficient catalytic reduction of organic pollutants
New functional CS/GA/RGO/Pd composite hydrogels are prepared via a self-assembly process, demonstrating potential applications in catalysis as well as composite materials.
Facile synthesis of a Ru-dispersed N-doped carbon framework catalyst for electrochemical nitrogen reduction
Ru-Dispersed N-doped carbon framework electrocatalysis the nitrogen reduction reaction and produces NH3 under ambient conditions.
Efficient electrocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide by metal-doped β12-borophene monolayers
These new TM–Bβ12 monolayers will display excellent catalytic performance for electroreduction of CO2. Primary reduction product of Sc is CO (overpotential 0.45 V). Primary product Ti–Zn is CH4, and Fe–Bβ12 has 0.45 V overpotential.
A plasmonic AuPd bimetallic nanoalloy decorated over a GO/LDH hybrid nanocomposite via a green synthesis route for robust Suzuki coupling reactions: a paradigm shift towards a sustainable future
A plasmonic AuPd bimetal-decorated GO/LDH nano-photocatalyst displays encouraging Suzuki coupling performance under visible light illumination.
Tin modified Nb2O5 as an efficient solid acid catalyst for the catalytic conversion of triose sugars to lactic acid
Edge-sharing octahedral niobium oxides were used efficiently for the conversion of trioses to lactic acid under hydrothermal conditions.
Hierarchically constructed NiO with improved performance for catalytic transfer hydrogenation of biomass-derived aldehydes
A 3D nanometer-scaled NiO material with urchin-like structure was prepared via a facile route, and served as a highly efficient and durable catalyst for catalytic transfer hydrogenation of bio-based furfural to furfuryl alcohol using 2-propanol as H-donor and solvent.
Oligomerization of ethanol-derived propene and isobutene mixtures to transportation fuels: catalyst and process considerations
An important activity/selectivity trade-off occurs at increased olefin oligomerization temperatures. Jet-range product decreases and paraffin formation increases at high oligomerization temperatures.
Catalytic pyrolysis of plastic waste for the production of liquid fuels for engines
Catalytic pyrolysis of waste plastics using low cost binder-free pelletized bentonite clay has been investigated to yield pyrolysis oils as drop-in replacements for commercial liquid fuels such as diesel and gasohol 91.
Inductive and electrostatic effects on cobalt porphyrins for heterogeneous electrocatalytic carbon dioxide reduction
Inductive and electrostatic effects were found to both play important roles for heterogeneous electrocatalytic CO2 reduction on cobalt porphyrins.
Elementary kinetics of nitrogen electroreduction to ammonia on late transition metals
Nitrogen reduction reaction barriers calculated by density functional theory quantify NRR activity and selectivity challenges.
About this collectionWe are very pleased to present our 10th Anniversary collection on catalysis for sustainable development!
Looking back over the last 10 years, we would like to showcase some of the very best articles that have been published in RSC Advances and Catalysis Science & Technology. Many of these papers have been cited hundreds of times, providing valuable advances for further research, and some continue to be among the journal’s most downloaded articles as of today.
We hope you enjoy our 10th Anniversary collection on catalysis for sustainable development!