Frontiers of Chemical Science and Engineering

ISSN 2095-0179 (Print)
ISSN 2095-0187 (Online)
CN 11-5981/TQ
Postal Subscription Code 80-969
Formerly Known as Frontiers of Chemical Science and Engineering in China
Impact Factor: 3.552(2019)
5-year Impact Factor: 3.030(2019)
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Mechanistic understanding of Cu-based bimetallic catalysts
You Han, Yulian Wang, Tengzhou Ma, Wei Li, Jinli Zhang, Minhua Zhang
Front. Chem. Sci. Eng.    2020, 14 (5): 689-748.
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Copper has received extensive attention in the field of catalysis due to its rich natural reserves, low cost, and superior catalytic performance. Herein, we reviewed two modification mechanisms of co-catalyst on the coordination environment change of Cu-based catalysts: (1) change the electronic orbitals and geometric structure of Cu without any catalytic functions; (2) act as an additional active site with a certain catalytic function, as well as their catalytic mechanism in major reactions, including the hydrogenation to alcohols, dehydrogenation of alcohols, water gas shift reaction, reduction of nitrogenous compounds, electrocatalysis and others. The influencing mechanisms of different types of auxiliary metals on the structure-activity relationship of Cu-based catalysts in these reactions were especially summarized and discussed. The mechanistic understanding can provide significant guidance for the design and controllable synthesis of novel Cu-based catalysts used in many industrial reactions.

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Pilot plants of membrane technology in industry: Challenges and key learnings
Colin A. Scholes
Front. Chem. Sci. Eng.    2020, 14 (3): 305-316.
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Membrane technology holds great potential in gas separation applications, especially carbon dioxide capture from industrial processes. To achieve this potential, the outputs from global research endeavours into membrane technologies must be trialled in industrial processes, which requires membrane-based pilot plants. These pilot plants are critical to the commercialization of membrane technology, be it as gas separation membranes or membrane gas-solvent contactors, as failure at the pilot plant level may delay the development of the technology for decades. Here, the author reports on his experience of operating membrane-based pilot plants for gas separation and contactor configurations as part of three industrial carbon capture initiatives: the Mulgrave project, H3 project and Vales Point project. Specifically, the challenges of developing and operating membrane pilot plants are presented, as well as the key learnings on how to successfully manage membrane pilot plants to achieve desired performance outcomes. The purpose is to assist membrane technologists in the carbon capture field to achieve successful outcomes for their technology innovations.

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Special issue on “Fluorescent probes”
Adam C. Sedgwick, Tony D. James
Front. Chem. Sci. Eng.    2020, 14 (1): 1-3.
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Preface to the CSCST-25 Special IssueŽ1)
Xiaolei Fan, Jiawei Wang
Front. Chem. Sci. Eng.    2019, 13 (4): 629-631.
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Tailoring electrical conductivity of two dimensional nanomaterials using plasma for edge electronics: A mini review
Aswathy Vasudevan, Vasyl Shvalya, Aleksander Zidanšek, Uroš Cvelbar
Front. Chem. Sci. Eng.    2019, 13 (3): 427-443.
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Since graphene has been discovered, two-dimensional nanomaterials have attracted attention due to their promising tunable electronic properties. The possibility of tailoring electrical conductivity at the atomic level allows creating new prospective 2D structures for energy harvesting and sensing-related applications. In this respect, one of the most successful way to manipulate the physical properties of the aforementioned materials is related to the surface modification techniques employing plasma. Moreover, plasma-gaseous chemical treatment can provide a controlled change in the bandgap, increase sensitivity and significantly improve the structural stability of material to the environment as well. This review deals with recent advances in the modification of 2D carbon nanostructures for novel ‘edge’ electronics using plasma technology and processes.

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Special Issue on future directions in plasma nanoscience
Erik C. Neyts
Front. Chem. Sci. Eng.    2019, 13 (2): 199-200.
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Nanocomposite materials in orthopedic applications
Mostafa R. Shirdar, Nasim Farajpour, Reza Shahbazian-Yassar, Tolou Shokuhfar
Front. Chem. Sci. Eng.    2019, 13 (1): 1-13.
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This chapter is an introduction to nanocomposite materials and its classifications with emphasis on orthopedic application. It covers different types of matrix nanocomposites including ceramics, metal, polymer and natural-based nanocomposites with the main features and applications in the orthopedic. In addition, it presents structure, composition, and biomechanical features of bone as a natural nanocomposite. Finally, it deliberately presents developing methods for nanocomposites bone grafting.

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Steps of fronts in chemical engineering: An overview of the publications of FCSE
Xiaowen Zhu, Yaodong Huang, Jing-Kang Wang
Front. Chem. Sci. Eng.    2018, 12 (4): 593-597.
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The advances of Sino-German new materials
Rongbiao Wang
Front. Chem. Sci. Eng.    2018, 12 (3): 327-328.
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Study of the robustness of a low-temperature dual-pressure process for removal of CO2 from natural gas
Stefania Moioli, Laura A. Pellegrini, Paolo Vergani, Fabio Brignoli
Front. Chem. Sci. Eng.    2018, 12 (2): 209-225.
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The growing use of energy by most of world population and the consequent increasing demand for energy are making unexploited low quality gas reserves interesting from an industrial point of view. To meet the required specifications for a natural gas grid, some compounds need to be removed from the sour stream. Because of the high content of undesired compounds (i.e., CO2) in the stream to be treated, traditional purification processes may be too energy intensive and the overall system may result unprofitable, therefore new technologies are under study. In this work, a new process for the purification of natural gas based on a low temperature distillation has been studied, focusing on the dynamics of the system. The robustness of the process has been studied by dynamic simulation of an industrial-scale plant, with particular regard to the performances when operating conditions are changed. The results show that the process can obtain the methane product with a high purity and avoid the solidification of carbon dioxide.

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