The September issue of The Chemical Engineer, the IChemE monthly magazine, features an article by Dr Carmine D'Agostino in the section "Sector Challenges" where he addresses the challenge of making and designing heterogeneous catalysts. A catalyst is a substance (usually a metal) that increases the rate of chemical reaction by providing an alternative pathway with a lower activation energy barrier.
The section "Sector Challenges" discusses the main technological challenges for the advance of a particular field, suggesting potential directions to address these challenges.
In this issue, Dr Carmine D'Agostino discusses the main current challenges in the field of heterogeneous catalysis, including the need for new catalysts, which combines the benefit of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts to produce active and "easy-to-handle" catalysts, as well as the issue of catalyst reusability and the complexity of heterogeneous catalysis due to the inter-play between adsorption, molecular transport and reactivity in porous catalytic materials. He also discusses the need to bridge the gap between fundamentals and practical aspects of catalysis, emphasizing the need for cross collaboration between different disciplines, where chemical engineering plays a central role.
The magazine "The Chemical Engineer" is a Worldwide magazine issued monthly by the IChemE (The Institution of Chemical Engineers) which discusses the main updates in the chemical industry and across the discipline of chemical engineering.