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Manuscript Submission Deadline 28 February 2023

Bioethanol, an aqueous solution containing around 10 - 12 wt.% ethanol, can be used as an alternative fuel or as a feedstock for the production of chemicals. In recent years, much attention has been focused on the study of ethanol steam reforming to syngas or hydrogen-rich gas. This process is particularly attractive because it utilises bioethanol without distillation and produces hydrogen, which is seriously considered as a feed stock for fuel cells.

The primary objective of the project should be to develop novel multicomponent oxide catalysts for hydrogen production from bioethanol. The catalytic reforming of hydrocarbons is a complex process which requires an understanding of the structure of the catalyst and the individual steps of the reaction mechanism. The purity and yield of hydrogen depends in a complex manner on the nature of catalyst and process variables such as pressure, temperature, reactants ratio, etc. In order to maximise the yield of hydrogen, it is necessary to know the effect of these variables on the product composition. It is expected to achieve the goals through a study of well designed nano-structed multicomponent oxide catalysts with promoter atoms over carrier oxides possessing high thermal stability and mechanical strength. Characterization of the catalysts with modern techniques are therefore a required criterion.

• Original research findings will be considered
• Novelty of the catalysts and processes used is necessary
• Review articles in the field may also be considered
• Will give visibility to the scientific community

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Bioethanol, an aqueous solution containing around 10 - 12 wt.% ethanol, can be used as an alternative fuel or as a feedstock for the production of chemicals. In recent years, much attention has been focused on the study of ethanol steam reforming to syngas or hydrogen-rich gas. This process is particularly attractive because it utilises bioethanol without distillation and produces hydrogen, which is seriously considered as a feed stock for fuel cells.

The primary objective of the project should be to develop novel multicomponent oxide catalysts for hydrogen production from bioethanol. The catalytic reforming of hydrocarbons is a complex process which requires an understanding of the structure of the catalyst and the individual steps of the reaction mechanism. The purity and yield of hydrogen depends in a complex manner on the nature of catalyst and process variables such as pressure, temperature, reactants ratio, etc. In order to maximise the yield of hydrogen, it is necessary to know the effect of these variables on the product composition. It is expected to achieve the goals through a study of well designed nano-structed multicomponent oxide catalysts with promoter atoms over carrier oxides possessing high thermal stability and mechanical strength. Characterization of the catalysts with modern techniques are therefore a required criterion.

• Original research findings will be considered
• Novelty of the catalysts and processes used is necessary
• Review articles in the field may also be considered
• Will give visibility to the scientific community

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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