Catalysis Science & Technology Impact Factor rises to 4.76

We are thrilled to announce that Catalysis Science & Technology’s new impact factor* has increased to 4.76.

Huge thanks goes to all of our authors, referees and readers who have contributed to and supported the journal. Achieving this impact factor would not have course not been possible without this support and that of our dedicated Editorial and Advisory Board members.

Catalysis Science & Technology publishes high quality research from the multidisciplinary field of Catalysis, focussing on both the fundamental science of catalysis amd the science of catalysis technology. It publishes research faster than any other catalysis journal (read more here).

We invite you to submit your best work to our Editorial Office.

Read more about the 2013 Impact Factors from across RSC Publishing on the RSC Publishing Blog.

*The Impact Factor provides an indication of the average number of citations per paper. Produced annually, Impact Factors are calculated by dividing the number of citations in a year by the number of citeable articles published in the preceding two years. Data based on 2013 Journal Citation Reports®, (Thomson Reuters, 2014).

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Sustainable catalytic conversions of renewable substrates themed issue online now!

The latest issue of Catalysis Science and Technology contains a themed collection on Sustainable catalytic conversions of renewable substrates. The issue was guest edited by Pieter C. A. Bruijnincx (Utrecht University) and Yuriy Román-Leshkov (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

This issue contains contributions on topics related to catalytic biomass conversion methods, including homogeneous, heterogeneous and enzymatic processes. The themed issue will cover contributions concerned with chemical or chemical engineering aspects of the selective catalytic conversion of renewable feedstocks, for instance lignocellulosic biomass or its (hemi)cellulose or lignin components, or with the catalytic conversion of renewable platform molecules that can be derived from these feedstocks.

Here’s a small taster of the excellent content in this themed issue:Themed issue cover

Check out the rest of the articles in this exciting and timely themed issue on the website now!

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New Associate Editor for Catalysis Science & Technology

DingMa Professor Ding Ma has become Catalysis Science & Technology’s newest Associate Editor.

Professor Ma is currently Professor at Peking University in China. He is handling papers already so submit your best work to him now.

His research focuses on heterogeneous catalysis, particularly when applied to energy innovation, for example methane and syngas conversion. He also works on developing new reaction routes for sustainable chemistry and in situ spectroscopic methods which can be used to study reaction mechanisms.

Professor Ma hopes that his expertise will contribute to the excellence of CS&T, and make this flagship catalysis journal of the Royal Society of Chemistry the best place for scientists in the catalytic community to publish their work and researchers to read exciting results.

On behalf of Professor Ma and the rest of our Editorial Board, we would like to invite you to submit your best work to Catalysis Science & Technology.

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Congratulations to the poster prize winners at NSC2014

Congratulations to the poster prize winners at NSC2014 (16th Nordic Symposium on Catalysis). Green Chemistry and Catalysis Science & Technology were pleased to sponsor a poster prize each at the symposium, which were awarded as follows:

Green Chemistry poster prize
awarded to Aron Dombovari, University of Oulu
for “Photocatalytic processing of algae

Catalysis Science & Technology poster prize
awarded to Jacob O. Abildstrøm, Technical University of Denmark
for “Investigation of Mesoporous TS-1 for the Catalytic Formation of N-oxides

The prize winners received a certificate and a book from Royal Society of Chemistry Books.

You can read more about the Poster Award and find out about the Nordic Symposium on the UiO website.

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Photofuel Cells for Methanol Production from Carbon Dioxide

Due to its sustainability appeal, carbon dioxide is gaining popularity as a feedstock for the synthesis of commercially-important chemicals, including fuels for energy applications. Methanol may be formed from carbon dioxide via water splitting with the assistance of photocatalysts. In this study, reverse photofuel cells incorporating tungsten oxide and layered double hydroxide (LDH) photocatalysts were used for the oxidation of water and the reduction of carbon dioxide, respectively. Two different fabrication designs were tested: in one cell, the catalysts were either used alone or mixed with carbon black; in the other, LDH was mounted on copper, tungsten oxide was mounted on carbon, and the photoelectrodes were immersed in hydrochloric acid solution.

The second cell outperformed the first in terms of the amount of photocurrent generated, since the transfer of protons across the Nafion film was more efficient in the acid solution. However, product selectivity differed between the two cells: gaseous carbon dioxide led to the preferential formation of methanol, whereas the second cell predominantly generated hydrogen due to the poor solubility of carbon dioxide in water.

The full paper is available here:
Photocatalytic conversion of carbon dioxide into methanol in reverse fuel cells with tungsten oxide and layered double hydroxide photocatalysts for solar fuel generation
Motoharu Morikawa, Yuta Ogura, Naveed Ahmed, Shogo Kawamura, Gaku Mikami, Seiji Okamoto, and Yasuo Izumi
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2014, Advance Article, DOI: 10.1039/C3CY00959A

Jenna Flogeras obtained her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton), Canada. Currently a Ph.D. student at Memorial University of Newfoundland, she is excited to spend some time outside the laboratory this summer to explore Thailand and Southeast Asia.

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HOT articles in Catalysis Science & Technology

Take a look at the selection which are free to read for a short time: Graphical abstract: Cu-MOFs as active, selective and reusable catalysts for oxidative C–O bond coupling reactions by direct C–H activation of formamides, aldehydes and ethers

NaF regulated aqueous phase synthesis of aromatic amides and imines catalyzed by Au/HT
Qianqian Wang, Youquan Deng and Feng Shi
DOI: 10.1039/C4CY00210E, Communication

Cu-MOFs as active, selective and reusable catalysts for oxidative C–O bond coupling reactions by direct C–H activation of formamides, aldehydes and ethers
I. Luz, A. Corma and F. X. Llabrés i Xamena
DOI: 10.1039/C4CY00032C, Paper

Recent developments in liquid-phase selective oxidation using environmentally benign oxidants and mesoporous metal silicates
Oxana A. Kholdeeva
DOI: 10.1039/C4CY00087K, Perspective

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HOT articles in Catalysis Science & Technology

Take a look at the selection which are free to read for a short time: Graphical abstract: Homogeneous catalysis for the conversion of biomass and biomass-derived platform chemicals

Homogeneous catalysis for the conversion of biomass and biomass-derived platform chemicals
Peter J. Deuss, Katalin Barta and Johannes G. de Vries
DOI: 10.1039/C3CY01058A, Perspective

Highly active Cr(III) catalysts for the reaction of CO2 with epoxides
Sait Elmas, Muhammad A. Subhani, Marcus Harrer, Walter Leitner, Jörg Sundermeyer and Thomas E. Müller
DOI: 10.1039/C3CY01087B, Paper

Regioselective transformation of alkynes catalyzed by a copper hydride or boryl copper species
Tetsuaki Fujihara, Kazuhiko Semba, Jun Terao and Yasushi Tsuji
DOI: 10.1039/C4CY00070F, Perspective

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Catalysis Science & Technology Issue 5 of 2014 out now!

Graphical abstract: Front coverThe latest issue of CS&T is now online. You can read the full issue here.

The outside front cover features the paper Deactivation studies of a carbon supported AuPt nanoparticulate catalyst in the liquid-phase aerobic oxidation of 1,2-propanediol by Carmine D’Agostino, Yulia Ryabenkova, Peter J. Miedziak, Stuart H. Taylor, Graham J. Hutchings, Lynn F. Gladden and Mick D. Mantle.

The authors gave the following explanation of their cover image: ‘This hand-made drawing represents the essence of our article. There are fishes (reactant molecules) that swim under water (the solvent for the reaction), in marine caves (porous catalyst matrix) looking for pots of gold and platinum (the active components of the catalyst). A cave is accessible (the catalyst mesopores) despite the presence of obstacles (the deposits formed during the reaction) and the smiling fishes rush happily towards the precious metal pots! The other cave (the micropores of the catalyst) is much narrower and the path is blocked by the deposits. What a pity for the fishes, who are unable to access the precious metal pots, showing disappointed faces!’

The drawing was made in collaboration with Chen Xi, a Cambridge local artist whose other works can be seen at: http://chenxi.carbonmade.com/aboutGraphical abstract: Inside front cover

Homogeneous catalysis for the conversion of biomass and biomass-derived platform chemicals is the paper highlighted on the inside front cover by Peter J. Deuss, Katalin Barta* and Johannes G. de Vries.

Issue 5 contains a number of excellent Mini-review articles:

Role of microwaves in heterogeneous catalytic systems
Satoshi Horikoshi* and Nick Serpone

Solar photocatalysis for water disinfection: materials and reactor design
Donal A. Keane, Kevin G. McGuigan, Pilar Fernández Ibáñez, M. Inmaculada Polo-López, J. Anthony Byrne, Patrick S. M. Dunlop, Kevin O’Shea, Dionysios D. Dionysiou and Suresh C. Pillai

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FineCat 2014: Great Catalysis Science and Art

http://www.qualitas1998.net/ismn/locandina_finecat_2014.pngThe third FineCat – Symposium on heterogeneous catalysis for fine chemicals was held in Palermo, Italy, on April 2-3, 2014 in the splendid venue of the Steri Palace. The Symposium ended late in the evening of April 3rd with a spectacular social dinner at the Tasca d’Almerita estate, following the guided tour of the 1,000 years old Steri Palace the day before.

The scientific program featured 12 symposia and 11 poster presentations that highlighted practically relevant chemical innovation in fields as diverse as flow catalysis, catalysis with metal “Lego” nanoparticles, photocatalysis and biomass catalytic valorization. Fine chemicals — polyfunctional molecules with specific properties imparting them high added value — have traditionally been synthesized via selective homogeneous synthetic methods. All this is now changing as newly developed heterogeneous catalysis emerges as a convenient industrial tool capable to make the fine chemicals industry not only environmentally, but also economically, more sustainable. Delegates from Slovenia, Thailand, Canada, UK, Italy and Germany showed once again the truly international nature of this Symposium series inaugurated in 2012.

A Catalysis Science & Technology post prize was awarded to Maria Luisa Testa for her poster concerning he use of acid hybrid silicas in esterification reactions, awarding one year’s personal e-subscription to Catalysis Science & Technology. The Prize was offered by RSC Publishing, partnering with the organizers since the very first FineCat symposium.

Read more about the conference here.

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Styrene carbonate synthesis by unsymmetrical aluminium catalyst

Reactions that utilize carbon dioxide are widely studied for their potential role in climate change mitigation. Symmetrical aluminium salen complexes are well known for their ability to catalyze reactions of carbon dioxide with epoxides, producing commercially valuable cyclic carbonates or polycarbonates. Aluminium complexes based on an unsymmetrical coordination environment, however, have not yet been explored for the cycloaddition reaction. This research represents the first catalyst study incorporating a hybrid salen-acetylacetonate ligand, using styrene oxide as a substrate.

The University of Sheffield researchers discovered that the catalyst achieves 70% conversion to styrene carbonate at atmospheric pressure and elevated temperatures. When used in conjunction with tetrabutylammonium bromide (TBAB) in dichloromethane, this value reaches 90%. Moreover, TBAB alone catalyzes the reaction in yields comparable to the aluminium catalyst.

The full paper can be read here:

A single centre aluminium(III) catalyst and TBAB as an ionic organo-catalyst for the homogeneous catalytic synthesis of styrene carbonate
Somsak Supasitmongkol and Peter Styring
Catal. Sci. Technol. 2014, Advance Article, DOI: 10.1039/C3CY01015E 

Jenna Flogeras obtained her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton), Canada. She is currently working towards her Ph.D. at Memorial University of Newfoundland, under the supervision of Dr. Francesca Kerton. Her research is focused on the synthesis of biodegradable polymers using main-group metal complexes as catalysts.

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