Recent Progress in Materials  (ISSN 2689-5846) is an international peer-reviewed Open Access journal published quarterly online by LIDSEN Publishing Inc. This periodical is devoted to publishing high-quality papers that describe the most significant and cutting-edge research in all areas of Materials. Its aim is to provide timely, authoritative introductions to current thinking, developments and research in carefully selected topics. Also, it aims to enhance the international exchange of scientific activities in materials science and technology.
Recent Progress in Materials publishes original high quality experimental and theoretical papers and reviews on basic and applied research in the field of materials science and engineering, with focus on synthesis, processing, constitution, and properties of all classes of materials. Particular emphasis is placed on microstructural design, phase relations, computational thermodynamics, and kinetics at the nano to macro scale. Contributions may also focus on progress in advanced characterization techniques.          

Main research areas include (but are not limited to):
Characterization & Evaluation of Materials
Metallic materials 
Inorganic nonmetallic materials 
Composite materials
Polymer Materials
Sustainable Materials and Technologies
Special types of Materials
Macro-, micro- and nano structure of materials
Environmental interactions, process modeling
Novel applications of materials

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Special Issue

New Advances in Production of Fine and Speciality Chemicals using Metal Modified Catalysts

Submission Deadline: August 31, 2024 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editor

Narendra Kumar, PhD

Faculty of Science and Engineering, Laboratory of Industrial Chemistry and Reaction Engineering, Åbo Akademi University, Henriksgatan 2, FI-20500 Turku/Åbo, Finland

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Research Interests: heterogeneous catalysis; catalyst synthesis; nanoporous materials; catalyst characterization; zeolite catalysis; refinery processes; hydrocarbon conversion; reaction mechanism; biomass transformations

About This Topic

Efficient use of the natural resources for the production of fine and speciality chemicals are of immense importance for the sustainable development of our planet. Taking into consideration limited resources, growing population, energy security for the industrialization and environmental friendly development of our society, research in the new metal modified heterogeneous catalysts and energy efficient technologies are needed. Noble metals (Pt, Pd, Rh, Ru) and transition metals (Ni, Cu, Co, Zn, Sn) modified SiO2, Al2O3, TiO2, CeO2, MCM-41, MCM-48, SBA-15 mesoporous materials, ZSM-5, Beta, H-Y, 5 A and 13 X zeolites are potential catalysts for the synthesis of fine and speciality chemicals.

In-depth physico-chemical characterizations of pristine and metal modified catalysts are important for understanding the catalyst synthesis mechanism, reaction pathways, metal-support interactions, structures and phase purity of the catalytic materials. Acidity measurements using FTIR, determination of metal nanoparticles size distributions using transmission electron microscopy, X-ray powder diffraction for phase purity and morphological features such as crystal shape and size using scanning electron microscopy are significant characterization techniques for metal modified catalysts. Correlation of physico-chemical characterization results with the catalytic activity and selectivity for synthesis of fine and speciality chemicals are important for the in-depth understanding of the catalytic active sites taking part in the reactions.

Research papers, review articles and technical reports are invited for the Special Issue New Advances in Production of Fine and Speciality Chemicals using Metal Modified Catalysts.


fine chemicals; metal modified; catalytic materials; speciality chemicals; microporous zeolites; mesoporous materials; catalyst synthesis; catalyst characterizations; evaluation catalysts; reaction mechanism

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