Nanocatalysts for more sustainable chemical processes: opportunities and challenges
- Prof. Paolo Fornasiero
Department of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, INSTM and ICCOM-CNR,
University of Trieste
Heterogeneous transition metal catalysts are generally based on nanoparticles, that nowadays can be synthesize with uniform size and shape. The extraordinary advances in material science support a new vision for nanoscale-inspired design and synthesis of industrially important catalysts. This precise structural and morphological control, coupled with the possibility to modulate the metal-support interactions, allowed us to have a step change increase in the activity, selectivity and stability of many industrially and environmentally important catalysts. [1-5] Furthermore, single atom catalysts  and metal-free [7-9] based materials are becoming an essential strategy in sustainable catalysis. In this context, green organic synthesis, renewable energy conversion, pollution prevention and control are the real challenge of the 21st century and the focus of the present talk.
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