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Special Issue "Green Synthesis and Transformation in Material Science"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Materials Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 December 2021).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Cristina Della Pina
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Dipartimento di Chimica, Università degli Studi di Milano, via C. Golgi, 19, 20133 Milano, Italy
Interests: catalysis; green chemistry; material science; nanoscience for biomedicine; conducting polymers
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Dr. Ermelinda Falletta
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Department of Chemistry, University of Milan, Milan, Italy
Interests: conducting polymers; catalysis; material science; mass spectrometry characterization
Dr. P.M. Visakh
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TUSUR University, 634050 Tomsk, Russia
Interests: polymer science; polymer nanocomposites; material science; bio-nanocomposites; rubber-based nanocomposites; fire retardant polymers

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The increasing growth of world population and industrialization have caused a number of emerging drawbacks related to environmental pollution that threaten human health and life quality. Pollution on the rise invokes finding green alternatives to conventional synthetic approaches, often regardless of environmental preservation. The aim of this Special Issue “Green Synthesis and Transformation in Material Science” is to present to a wide readership, from academia and industry, with cutting-edge achievements in the area of sustainable material science. The editors will welcome the latest developments on biomass exploitation as a green resource for replacing petroleum-based chemicals to be transformed in material science, as well as novel eco-friendly catalytic routes to a library of materials.

Chemists, biochemists, and material science experts are invited to present their contributions as original research papers, short communications and reviews in all the areas related to the frontier branches of environmentally-benign material science. Topics, such as green catalysis, environmental chemistry, green nanotechnology and interdisciplinary topics like bioinorganic and bioorganic developments in the field of green polymers will be featured. This Special Issue aims at providing a significant contribution to green material science advancement.

Dr. Cristina Della Pina
Dr. Ermelinda Falletta
Dr. P.M. Visakh
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • green chemistry
  • sustainability
  • material science
  • catalysis
  • polymers

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Modified Natural Dolomite and Its Influence on the Production of Glycerol Carbonate: Effects of Structural and Basicity Properties
Materials 2021, 14(9), 2358; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ma14092358 - 01 May 2021
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A systematic study over different treatment conditions, including hydrothermal and acid-thermal, was successfully carried out to determine the most suitable conditions to enhance the textural properties and surface chemical composition of natural dolomite. The reconstruction of dolomite after various treatments enhanced the surface [...] Read more.
A systematic study over different treatment conditions, including hydrothermal and acid-thermal, was successfully carried out to determine the most suitable conditions to enhance the textural properties and surface chemical composition of natural dolomite. The reconstruction of dolomite after various treatments enhanced the surface area by 4–5 times and diminished the pore diameter between 70% and 81% compared to the untreated parent dolomite. The Rietveld analysis of the X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns revealed changes in the crystalline compositions after each treatment. When the treated dolomite was used as a catalyst to produce glycerol carbonate via a transesterification reaction of glycerol and dimethyl carbonate, the crystalline Ca(OH)2 concentration of the modified dolomite and the apparent glycerol carbonate formation rate (rgc) are well-correlated. The results suggest that an increase of the crystalline Ca(OH)2 concentration could be related with surface basicity at the weak and moderate strength sites that may lead to an increase in catalytic activity. The hydrothermal treated dolomite showed a selectivity of glycerol carbonate greater than 99% and rgc value 3.42 mmol/min·gcat, which was higher than that achieved on other samples. This study could aid to the proper selection of dolomite treatment for the desired crystalline composition, depending on the applications of this highly available mineral. Full article
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A Model Procedure for Catalytic Conversion of Waste Cotton into Useful Chemicals
Materials 2021, 14(8), 1981; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ma14081981 - 15 Apr 2021
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Cotton is grown in about 90 countries and accounts for 24% of the fibers used in the global production of textiles. In 2018/2019, 25.8 Mt of cotton were produced around the world. Since this natural product consists mainly of cellulose, it can be [...] Read more.
Cotton is grown in about 90 countries and accounts for 24% of the fibers used in the global production of textiles. In 2018/2019, 25.8 Mt of cotton were produced around the world. Since this natural product consists mainly of cellulose, it can be used as a raw material in the so-called “sugar economy”. This paper discusses a model procedure for thermally assisted acidic hydrolysis of cotton into glucose and subsequent oxidation of the glucose into calcium gluconate over Pd-Au/SiO2 catalyst. In the first step, H2SO4 was used as a catalyst for hydrolysis. The cotton hydrolysates were neutralized using CaCO3 and applied as a substrate in the second step, where glucose was oxidized over Pd-Au/SiO2 prepared by ultrasound assisted co-impregnation. With the appropriate Au/Pd molar ratio, small crystallites of palladium and gold were created which were active and selective towards the formation of gluconate ions. This approach to the transformation of glucose represents as a viable alternative to biological processes using fungal and bacterial species, which are sensitive to the presence of inhibitors such as furfurals and levulinic acid in hydrolysates. Full article
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Polyanilines as New Sorbents for Hydrocarbons Removal from Aqueous Solutions
Materials 2020, 13(9), 2161; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ma13092161 - 07 May 2020
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Water remediation from hydrocarbons is crucial to reduce health risks. Numerous costly and, sometimes, sophisticated methods were proposed over the years. Herein, an innovative green procedure for porous polyanilines preparation is reported. Polyaniline (PANI) was synthesized by three different approaches ranging from traditional [...] Read more.
Water remediation from hydrocarbons is crucial to reduce health risks. Numerous costly and, sometimes, sophisticated methods were proposed over the years. Herein, an innovative green procedure for porous polyanilines preparation is reported. Polyaniline (PANI) was synthesized by three different approaches ranging from traditional to more eco-friendly ones. Thermal, optical and morphological features of the resulting materials were investigated along with their surface properties. Finally, PANIs were tested as sorbents for hydrocarbons removal from waterbodies. Although an overall fast and high sorption efficiency is always observed, the effective hydrocarbons abatement performed by ‘green’ PANIs is particularly welcome in the context of environmental protection. Moreover, the sorption efficiency retention after five-run recycling tests suggests potential applications in wastewater remediation. Full article
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Effective and Green Removal of Trichloroacetic Acid from Disinfected Water
Materials 2020, 13(4), 827; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ma13040827 - 12 Feb 2020
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An innovative catalyst is reported for removing suspect carcinogen trichloroacetic acid (TCA) found in water after chlorination. SilverSil, a methyl-modified silica xerogel doped with Ag nanoparticles, shows remarkably high and stable activity as heterogeneous catalyst for the reductive dehalogenation of TCA with NaBH [...] Read more.
An innovative catalyst is reported for removing suspect carcinogen trichloroacetic acid (TCA) found in water after chlorination. SilverSil, a methyl-modified silica xerogel doped with Ag nanoparticles, shows remarkably high and stable activity as heterogeneous catalyst for the reductive dehalogenation of TCA with NaBH4 as reducing agent. Chloroacetic acid and acetic acid are the main products of the highly reproducible reductive dehalogenation. The low cost, high stability and ease of application of the SilverSil sol-gel catalyst to continuous processes open the route to the industrial uptake of SilverSil to free chlorinated waters from a probable human carcinogenic agent exerting significant genotoxic and cytotoxic effects. Full article
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