About this Research Topic
Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) have evolved into a development platform of various functional materials, through coordinating metals and organic ligands in hierarchical orders. In particular, organic components of MOFs can serve as templates or precursors of carbon to enable MOFs to transform into orderly-structured metal oxides, or metal/carbon composites after thermal treatments in O2-rich and O2-free environments, respectively. As hierarchical structures are retained in these MOF-derived materials, MOF-derived metal oxides can exhibit significantly improved textural properties, whereas MOF-derived metal/carbon composites can allow good distribution of metal species over carbonaceous matrices. These features make MOF-derived materials promising heterogeneous catalysts for environmental catalytic applications.
Environmental catalysis involves many diverse research areas, such as water purification, wastewater treatments, air pollution control, waste conversion, and valorization, etc. This Research Topic aims to reveal different practical methods of MOF-derived materials fabrication and to probe into various characteristics of the resulting materials, which can be utilized to catalyze critical reactions in environmental engineering. Through this article collection, MOF-derived materials can advance into more realistic catalyst options for large-scale or industrial-scale processes via integrating MOF-derived materials with other substrates in order to create a new frontier of MOF-derivatives.
We invite submissions of Original Research articles in themes including, but not limited to:
1. MOF-derived heterogeneous catalysts for water purification and wastewater treatments
2. MOF-derived materials as heterogeneous catalysts for air purification and pollution control processes
3. MOF-derived materials as heterogeneous catalysts for resource conversion and valorization
4. Design and Fabrication of Macroscale MOF-containing Catalysts
Keywords: MOFs, heterogeneous catalysts, environmental catalysis, pollution, MOF derivatives
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