Progress in materials science and engineering continues to have a significant impact on the development of new or improved catalysts, in particular in the areas of synthesis, manufacture, characterization and shaping. Catalysts, in turn, are of crucial importance in increasing the selectivity and energy efficiency of the many conversion processes used in the oil refining, petrochemical, natural gas and fine-chemical industries. In addition, catalysts play an important role in solving environmental problems. This volume focuses on advanced materials for catalysis and provides a multidisciplinary forum for chemists, chemical engineers, materials scientists, physicists and theorists to present and discuss the results in the field. Emphasis is on advanced catalytic materials rather than the application of known materials to new reactions. Topics include: monoliths; nitrides; oxides; catalytic combustion; photocatalysis; theoretical studies; catalyst characterization; catalyst modifications and catalyst synthesis.
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