About this Research Topic
Nature has been perfecting biomaterials and biological structures through evolution over thousands of years, for various biological processes and functionalities. We can learn from these bioinspired materials and biomaterials by studying their structures at different scales, and their mechanisms of action. Obtaining these bio-inspired materials and biomaterials can open areas of study that would be complex or very difficult through traditional approaches and this is one of the most promising areas of research in the coming years. Bio-inspired materials and biomaterials can be utilized as catalysts that require many types of active sites and can be applied to a variety of catalytic processes such as photocatalysis, cross coupling reactions, alcohol degradation, CO2 reduction, selective hydrogenations, biomass conversion, etc.
Researchers are constantly focusing on the bio-inspired, bio-based and bio-compatible materials for sustainable development. An increasing number of researchers have been working on using biomaterials as a part of photocatalysts for stability, biocompatibility, generation of more reactive oxygen species and enhancement of optical absorption. This Research Topic will focus on the design, modification and development of bio-inspired and bio-based materials, and their use as sustainable catalysts. The design aspects will involve the increase of the effective surface area, engineering of the active adsorption sites, engineering of electron shuttling and reservoir properties, effective charge separation, selective absorption of light, biocompatibility and sustainability that will pave the path to the next generation of catalytic processes. Metal based catalysts are the most effective in most of the processes as biomaterials and nonmetallic alternatives are often questioned for their stability and poor activity. The limitations can be overcome by the choice of the materials, modifications, engineering design and study of underlying mechanisms. The Research Topic specifically aims to cover current experimental studies in the field of bio-inspired and bio-based material synthesis, their characterization, and application in catalysis. Recreating natural and biological systems itself is, perhaps, the best way to understand them. The concerns, challenges and future opportunities are expected to be covered in this Research Topic.
We welcome Original Research, Review, Mini Review and Perspective articles on themes including, but not limited to:
• Design, modification and development of novel bio-inspired materials in catalysis
• Studies in the increase of the effective surface area, engineering of the active adsorption sites, engineering of electron shuttling and reservoir properties, effective charge separation, selective absorption of light, biocompatibility and sustainability of novel catalysts
• Modification of novel biomaterials towards sustainable catalysts
• Bio-inspired design of novel catalysts for industrial catalysis (e.g. Suzuki-Miyaura cross coupling, C-S coupling and alcohol degradation reactions, etc.)
Keywords: Bioinspired materials, biomaterials, catalysis, photocatalysis, sustainable catalysis
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