About this Research Topic
Catalysts, in particular transition metal-based catalysts, play an important role in many chemical transformations, leading to useful building blocks that afford a wide range of products. An efficient catalyst is expected to be active, selective, robust, and stable. In the past, progress in catalyst development depended essentially on empirical work, which is incredibly time-consuming. Nowadays, the availability of tools enabling insight into the mechanisms of catalytic reactions allows for the rational design and development of transition-metal complexes that can act as innovative catalytic systems. There is a constant need to identify and investigate the most robust, efficient, and selective catalysts using if possible, environment-friendly synthetic methodologies.
The aim of this Research Topic is to tackle the design of suitable strategies, by combining experimental and computational knowledge, in order to obtain molecules that can act as successful homogeneous, heterogenous or supported catalysts. Envisaged catalytic reactions include polymerization, oxidation of alcohols and alkanes, sulfoxidation, epoxidation of alkenes, etc. Environment-friendly synthetic approaches such as mechanochemistry and microwave assisted reactions, advanced structural elucidation of materials, kinetic and mechanistic studies, and future perspectives are also welcome.
The focus of this Research Topic with Frontiers in Chemistry is to compile Original Research and Review articles on the very latest advances in this field. Areas to be covered may include, but are not limited to:
• Advanced strategies for transition metal catalyst design
• Novel catalyst synthetic methodologies, and advanced structural elucidations
• Homogeneous, heterogeneous, and supported catalytic applications
• Experimental results leading to understanding of reaction kinetics and reaction mechanisms
• Theoretical calculations for catalytic reaction mechanism elucidation or improvement of catalyst design
Keywords: transition metal complexes, innovative synthetic methodologies, rational design, homo-/heterogeneous catalysis, DFT calculations
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