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Advances in Catalysis toward the Production of Green Energy and Chemicals

Submission Deadline: 30 September 2022 (closed)

Guest Editors

Mohammad Reza Rahimpour, Professor, Chemical Engineering Department, Shiraz University, Iran.

Prof. Mohammad Reza Rahimpour is a professor in Chemical Engineering at Shiraz University, Iran. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Shiraz University joint with University of Sydney, Australia 1988. He started his independent career as Assistant Professor in September 1998 at Shiraz University. Prof. M.R. Rahimpour, was a Research Associate at University of Newcastle, Australia from 2003-2004 and at University of California, Davis from 2012 till 2017. During his stay in University of California, he developed different reaction networks and catalytic processes such as thermal and plasma reactors for upgrading of lignin bio-oil to biofuel with collaboration of UCDAVIS. He has been a Chair of Department of Chemical Engineering at Shiraz University from 2005 till 2009 and from 2015 till 2020. Prof. M.R. Rahimpour leads a research group in fuel processing technology focused on the catalytic conversion of fossil fuels such as natural gas, and renewable fuels such as bio-oils derived from lignin to valuable energy sources. He provides young distinguished scholars with perfect educational opportunities in both experimental methods and theoretical tools in developing countries to investigate in-depth research in the various field of chemical engineering including carbon capture, chemical looping, membrane separation, storage and utilization technologies, novel technologies for natural gas conversion and improving the energy efficiency in the production and use of natural gas industries.

Ali Bakhtyari, Chemical Engineering Department, Shiraz University, Iran.

Dr. Ali Bakhtyari is a research associate at Shiraz University. His MSc degree was in advanced chemical engineering and the thesis was on adsorptive gas separation. During his Ph.D. career, he published numerous papers and book chapters on different aspects of chemical reaction engineering. The publications cover the numerical simulations, catalyst synthesis and characterization, and multifunctional reactors. Simulation, modification, and enhancement of the chemical reactors related to the production of energy carriers such as methanol, dimethyl ether, and hydrogen is of his expertise. Then, his Ph.D. dissertation was on the catalytic conversion and upgrading of biomass-derived compounds to fuel-grade products and chemicals. Both experimental and theoretical investigations of the conventional and bio-based energy sources are the current and future standpoints of his research career. However, his research activities in the phase equilibria of such compounds have developed his research area up to biorefinery. Thermodynamic modelling of physical properties and phase equilibria are also of his research interests. He has had hitherto contributions in 36 scientific publications (31 Scopus indexed) in the aforementioned subjects.

Mohammad Amin Makarem, Chemical Engineering Department, Shiraz University, Iran.

Dr. Mohammad Amin Makarem is a research associate at Shiraz University. His research interests are gas separation and purification, nanofluids, microfluidics, catalyst synthesis, reactor design and green energy. In gas separation, his focus is on experimental and theoretical investigation and optimization of pressure swing adsorption process, and in the gas purification field, he is working on novel technologies such as microchannels. Recently, he is working on novel catalysts synthesis based on biomimetic templates and promoting existing industrial ones.


This issue aims to publish high-quality original research, review papers, and case studies addressing any advances in the utilization of catalysts regarding the processes that include production, treatment, conversion, and upgrading of green energy carriers and chemicals. Both theoretical and experimental studies that are connected to green chemistry and sustainable processes would be the target of this issue. Any energy-oriented catalysis such as heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis, photocatalysis, electrocatalysis, bio-catalysis, membrane reactors, kinetic studies, and modeling approaches are considered for publication. Researches addressing the processing of conventional feedstocks, as well as new renewable and sustainable ones, including petroleum, natural gas, hydrogen, alcohols, biomass sources (landfill gas, bio-gas, bio-syngas, bio-hydrogen, bio-oil, bio-fuel, etc.), which lead to the generation of green fuels and chemicals are welcome. The environmental-oriented catalysis resulting in reduced carbon and toxic emissions‎ and greener production of the targeted products is also of interest to the issue.


Catalyst; Catalysis; Green fuel; Energy carrier; Kinetics; Renewable; Sustainable.

Published Papers

  • Open Access


    Degradation of Alkaline Lignin in the Lactic Acid-Choline Chloride System under Mild Conditions

    Penghui Li, Zhengwei Jiang, Chi Yang, Jianpeng Ren, Bo Jiang, Wenjuan Wu
    Journal of Renewable Materials, Vol.11, No.5, pp. 2233-2248, 2023, DOI:10.32604/jrm.2023.025279
    (This article belongs to this Special Issue: Advances in Catalysis toward the Production of Green Energy and Chemicals)
    Abstract Lignin is a natural polymer, second only to cellulose in natural reserves. Degradation is one of the ways to achieve the high-value transformation of lignin. Deep eutectic solvent (DES) thermal degradation of lignin can be used as an excellent green degradation method. This paper introduces the degradation mechanism and effect of the lactic acid-choline chloride DES system in dissolving and degrading alkaline lignin, and the final solvent recovery. It can also be found from the scanning electron microscope (SEM) images that the surface of the degraded solid product is transformed from smooth to disordered. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and… More >

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    Degradation of Alkaline Lignin in the Lactic Acid-Choline Chloride System under Mild Conditions

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    Effects of TiO2 Support and Cobalt Addition of Ni/TiO2 Catalyst in Selective Hydrogenation of Furfural to Furfuryl Alcohol

    Kittithad Wonglekha, Weerachon Tolek, Okorn Mekasuwandumrong, Wasu Chaitree, Piyasan Praserthdam, Kiat Moon Lee, Joongjai Panpranot
    Journal of Renewable Materials, Vol.10, No.8, pp. 2055-2072, 2022, DOI:10.32604/jrm.2022.019680
    (This article belongs to this Special Issue: Advances in Catalysis toward the Production of Green Energy and Chemicals)
    Abstract An effect of phase compositions (rutile, Rut and anatase, Ant) of TiO2 supports on the selective hydrogenation of furfural to furfuryl alcohol was investigated. The 15%wt Ni/TiO2 catalysts were prepared by incipient impregnation method. The result showed that Ni supported on anatase-rutile mixed phase TiO2 (91% Rut and 9% Ant, A2) provided the highest furfuryl alcohol yield at 43.8% due to the relatively strong Ni-TiO2 interaction, its appropriate crystallite sizes, and high average pore sizes. Furthermore, the effect of cobalt as a promoter on Ni/ TiO2-A2 catalysts was studied. The result showed that the Ni-Co/TiO2-A2 catalysts exhibited poorer catalyst performances… More >

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    Effects of TiO<sub>2</sub> Support and Cobalt Addition of Ni/TiO<sub>2</sub> Catalyst in Selective Hydrogenation of Furfural to Furfuryl Alcohol

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