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“Sol–Gel Chemistry: A Toolbox for Catalyst Preparation” – Call for paper

September 2, 2016

Acting as a guest editor of a special issue entitled “Sol–Gel Chemistry: A Toolbox for Catalyst Preparation”, to be published by the open access journal “Catalysts“, I invite you to consider submitting your latest work on the topic!

Sol–gel chemistry encompasses a wide range of chemical routes that allow producing tailored solid materials starting form molecular precursors. Specifically in the field of heterogeneous catalysts preparation, sol–gel methods permit the design of advanced catalytic formulations showing unique properties. Taking advantage of the controlled synthesis conditions in sol–gel methods, chemists develop catalytic materials which exhibit improved catalytic performance thanks to their advantageous textures, structures, compositions, homogeneity, surface functionality, etc. This field is evolving quickly as, for example, new processing modes, new molecular precursors or new templating agents are proposed.

In fact, our ability to modernise industrial chemistry, strongly relies on our aptitude to design and understand new types of catalysts with specific properties and exhibiting remarkable catalytic behaviour. The challenges are numerous. The transition from a petro-based chemical industry to a bio-based one requires multifunctional catalysts that can withstand polar working conditions. Embracing the huge potential of natural or genetically engineered enzymes requires effective immobilization strategies to obtain efficient heterogeneous biocatalysts. Turning batch chemical processes into continuous flow mode processes requires catalysts that can be moulded so as to allow optimal mass transfer. In all these examples, sol–gel chemistry can help shape innovative solutions.

Catalysts MDPI - Damien Debecker - special issue - guest editor - sol-gelThis Special Issue aims to cover recent progress and trends in synthesizing advanced heterogeneous catalysts by sol–gel chemistry routes.

Assoc. Prof. Damien P. Debecker
Guest Editor


  • Sol–gel chemistry
  • Evaporation-induced self-assembly
  • Hybrid catalysts
  • Enzyme immobilization
  • Mixed oxides
  • Flow chemistry with heterogeneous catalyst
  • Porous catalysts
  • Monoliths and shaped catalysts
  • Multifunctional catalysts
  • Hierarchical porosity
  • Immobilization of organometallic complexes
  • Xerogel
  • Aerogel
  • Aerosol
  • Non-hydrolytic sol–gel
  • Sacrificial templates and surfactants



Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Catalysts is an international peer-reviewed Open Access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs).


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