Sustainable concepts in catalysis: nonprecious metals and visible light

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Editors:
Dr. Osama El-Sepelgy, Leibniz Institute for Catalysis e.V.
Dr. Luis Miguel Azofra, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
 

Over decades, synthetic chemists have directed their attention towards the development of ligand systems to enable 4d and 5d transition metals to catalyze chemical processes under thermal conditions. This was recognized by three Nobel Prizes in Chemistry in 2001, 2005, and 2010. For numerous economic and ecological reasons, the substitution of noble metal catalysis and thermal energy by more sustainable nonprecious metal catalysis and inexpensive visible light energy is an emerging field. Besides, it is practically impressing if it goes beyond a simple replacement and additionally, novel catalytic activity and selectivity could be discovered.

This thematic issue covers the entire range of homogenous nonprecious metal catalysis and visible-light-enabled transformations, with interest in both experimental and theoretical investigations.

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