Catalysis with carbides, nitrides and phosphides [volume part]

Hargreaves, J.S.J. [v. e.] (2012) Catalysis with carbides, nitrides and phosphides [volume part]. Topics in Catalysis, 55(14-15), (doi:10.1007/s11244-012-9879-y)

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Whilst, arguably, metals, oxides, zeolites and sulfides are the workhorses of heterogeneous catalysis, interest continues to significantly increase in the preparation and catalytic properties of carbides, nitrides and phosphides as distinct classes of catalyst. This special issue, which encompasses the three latter classes of catalytic material, is therefore timely. Whilst, historically, much of the interest in carbides, and to a certain extent nitrides, was directed towards the perceived similarity of their catalytic behaviour to some precious metals, the degree to which they possess unique and interesting behaviour is increasingly becoming apparent. The renaissance in interest in these classes of catalyst over the past few decades was spurred by developments in synthesis routes making high surface area forms more easily available. Widespread interest in phosphides has been a more recent feature of the literature and has largely been driven by their hydrotreating activity. For all three classes of material, increasingly complex formulations are being prepared ranging from binary systems through to ternary and quaternary systems containing mixed metals and phases containing mixed “anions.” Future exciting developments with these classes of materials can be anticipated. <p/> This special issue contains a selection of manuscripts relating to carbide, nitride and phosphide catalysts and amongst them can be found examples of studies relating to the application of improved syntheses of established catalytic phases, the application of phases not previously extensively investigated and the expansion of the catalytic reactions/processes to which the materials are being applied. In bringing the special issue to fruition, I would like to acknowledge my gratitude to the authors for their contributions. I would also like to express my sincere appreciation to all the referees who have assisted in reviewing manuscripts, Professor Norbert Kruse (Editor in Chief) and Dr Ken Howell (Senior Editor for Chemistry at Springer) for their kind assistance as well as that of all the staff at Springer who have been involved in the commissioning and production of this volume.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hargreaves, Professor Justin
Authors: Hargreaves, J.S.J. [v. e.]
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Chemistry
Journal Name:Topics in Catalysis
ISSN (Online):1572-9028
Published Online:17 August 2012

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