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Advanced Material Characterizations for Heterogeneous Catalysis

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Heterogeneous catalysts have been widely used in various types of industries, including chemical, pharmaceutical, energy, food, agriculture, etc. Improvements in catalyst activity and stability will greatly benefit these areas. However, the rational design of heterogeneous catalysts requires a thorough understanding of catalyst structures, reaction mechanisms, and kinetics, as well as their structure-activity relationship.

The rapid development of many advanced characterization tools has greatly facilitated the understanding of catalyst structures and surface intermediates. Surface-sensitive techniques such as X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and High Sensitivity-Low Energy Ion Scattering (HS-LEIS) allows direct analysis of the catalyst surface and interface structures. On the other hand, time-resolved characterization (known as in situ/operando techniques) involves investigating the structural evolution of the catalysts during preparation, reaction, and deactivation.

In this Research Topic, we aim to collect many contributions covering all aspects of the study of heterogeneous catalysts through advanced characterization techniques, ranging from in situ/operando structural analysis to the investigation of catalyst surface and interface structures, as well as the determination of reaction mechanisms and kinetics.

Areas to be covered in this Research Topic may include, but are not limited to:

In situ structural evolution during catalyst preparation, reaction, and deactivation
• Nature of active sites
• Surface and interface structure of the catalysts at a molecular level
• Time-resolved spectroscopy
• Evolution of surface reactive intermediates
• Spectrokinetics


Keywords: heterogeneous catalysis, characterization, structure, spectroscopy, operando


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Heterogeneous catalysts have been widely used in various types of industries, including chemical, pharmaceutical, energy, food, agriculture, etc. Improvements in catalyst activity and stability will greatly benefit these areas. However, the rational design of heterogeneous catalysts requires a thorough understanding of catalyst structures, reaction mechanisms, and kinetics, as well as their structure-activity relationship.

The rapid development of many advanced characterization tools has greatly facilitated the understanding of catalyst structures and surface intermediates. Surface-sensitive techniques such as X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and High Sensitivity-Low Energy Ion Scattering (HS-LEIS) allows direct analysis of the catalyst surface and interface structures. On the other hand, time-resolved characterization (known as in situ/operando techniques) involves investigating the structural evolution of the catalysts during preparation, reaction, and deactivation.

In this Research Topic, we aim to collect many contributions covering all aspects of the study of heterogeneous catalysts through advanced characterization techniques, ranging from in situ/operando structural analysis to the investigation of catalyst surface and interface structures, as well as the determination of reaction mechanisms and kinetics.

Areas to be covered in this Research Topic may include, but are not limited to:

In situ structural evolution during catalyst preparation, reaction, and deactivation
• Nature of active sites
• Surface and interface structure of the catalysts at a molecular level
• Time-resolved spectroscopy
• Evolution of surface reactive intermediates
• Spectrokinetics


Keywords: heterogeneous catalysis, characterization, structure, spectroscopy, operando


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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26 June 2020 Abstract
25 September 2020 Manuscript

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26 June 2020 Abstract
25 September 2020 Manuscript

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