Catalysis Research is an international peer-reviewed Open Access journal published quarterly online by LIDSEN Publishing Inc. This periodical is devoted to publishing high-quality papers that describe the most significant and cutting-edge research in all areas of catalysts and catalyzed reactions. Its aim is to provide timely, authoritative introductions to current thinking, developments and research in carefully selected topics.

Topics contain but are not limited to:

  • Photocatalysis
  • Electrocatalysis
  • Environmental catalysis
  • Biocatalysis, enzymes, enzyme catalysis
  • Catalysis for biomass conversion
  • Organocatalysis, catalysis in organic and polymer chemistry
  • Nanostructured Catalysts
  • Catalytic materials
  • Computational catalysis
  • Kinetics of catalytic reactions

It publishes a variety of article types: Original Research, Review, Communication, Opinion, Comment, Conference Report, Technical Note, Book Review, etc.

There is no restriction on paper length, provided that the text is concise and comprehensive. Authors should present their results in as much detail as possible, as reviewers are encouraged to emphasize scientific rigor and reproducibility.

Publication Speed (median values for papers published in 2023): Submission to First Decision: 4.1 weeks; Submission to Acceptance: 13.0 weeks; Acceptance to Publication: 9 days (1-2 days of FREE language polishing included)

Current Issue: 2024  Archive: 2023 2022 2021

Special Issue

Recent Advances in Catalysis for Biomass Conversion

Submission Deadline: August 31, 2023 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editor

Robert Wojcieszak, PhD

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), UMR 8181-UCCS-Unite de Catalyse et Chimie du Solide, 59000 Lille, France

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Research Interests: Hybrid catalysis and materials for sustainable processes; Oxidation and hydrogenation of platform molecules; Integrated Biorefineries and biomass valorization; Eco-efficient products and processes; Multi-component catalysts with tailored properties; Metallic and bimetallic nanoparticles; CO2 valorization; Biopolymers synthesis

About This Topic

Increasing demand for petroleum by emerging economies, and political and environmental concerns about fossil fuels motivated the search for economical and energy-efficient processes for the sustainable production of fuels and chemicals. A renewable energy resource such as biomass is a promising alternative solution to fossil fuels and chemicals. Unfortunately, the technologies for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into fuels and fine chemicals are not economically competitive with traditional technologies yet and face several engineering and scientific challenges. Catalysis can play an important role in overcoming these barriers to make economical feasible the lignocellulosic biomass conversion technologies. Advances in conversion technology and process integration will ultimately improve overall energy and economic efficiency. The diversity of catalysts provides access to an extremely wide range of molecular mechanisms with varying degrees of complexity. Their understanding enables a better control of reactions and catalytic process optimization. It also enables the reasoned coupling of catalysts according to the so-called multi-catalytic reactions that benefit from the novel properties of the thus assembled catalytic systems. This special issue concerns all types of catalytic transformations of biomass and bio-based substrates. Within the scope of this special issue are especially included: catalysts synthesis, application in catalysis, biocatalysis, enzymology, electro and photocatalytic processes, new sustainable processes using catalytic materials. We accept all types of manuscripts: review, communications, perspectives, research articles.

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). Research articles and review articles are highly invited. Authors are encouraged to send the tentative title and abstract of the planned paper to the Editorial Office ( for record. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Editorial Office.

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Open Access Communication

Biocatalyzed Hydrolysis of Residual Oils and Proteins from Flax and Camelina Oilseed Press Cakes Using Lipase and Protease

Received: 14 September 2022;  Published: 17 November 2022;  doi: 10.21926/cr.2204041


In this study, a PoC (Proof of Concept) of a possible biomass valorization of flax and camelina oilseed press cakes was presented. Biocatalyzed hydrolysis of residual oils and proteins extracted from these wastes was studied. The biotransformation of oils was performed using commercial immobilized lipases, including Amano PS, Amano AK, and [...]
Open Access Original Research

Thermokinetic and Thermodynamic Parameters for Catalytic Pyrolysis of Medium Density Fiber over Ni/Beta Zeolite

Received: 31 August 2022;  Published: 02 November 2022;  doi: 10.21926/cr.2204038


Catalytic pyrolysis is an attractive alternative for converting biomass into energy and chemicals to replace fossil sources. This has encouraged the search for efficient catalysts that can directly remove oxygenated products during pyrolysis, since they are the main problem in the processing and use of the products obtained. The catalytic [...]
Open Access Research Article

Short Hydroacylation-Based Synthesis of Four Aryl-3-hydroxypropanones, Predictable Biomass-Derived C9 Platform Molecules

Received: 22 July 2022;  Published: 26 October 2022;  doi: 10.21926/cr.2204036


A two-step protocol for the synthesis of aryl-3-hydroxypropanones, which were regarded as lignin degradation products, was proposed herein. This protocol provided a more rapid and easier access to aryl-3-hydroxypropanones, and aryl-3-hydroxypropanones were expected to be ideal platform molecules for the synthesis of more complex value-added [...]
Open Access Research Article

Kinetic Modeling of the Esterification of Oleic Acid and Methanol in Conventional and Adsorptive Reaction Systems

Received: 23 August 2022;  Published: 17 October 2022;  doi: 10.21926/cr.2204034


Biodiesel is derived from renewable vegetable or animal sources and is either used as a standalone fuel or blended with oil-based diesel. The kinetic mechanism of the esterification of oleic acid was investigated in a conventional batch reactor and a batch reactor coupled to a water adsorption system. The esterification was performed with [...]
Open Access Original Research

Catalytic Co-gasification of Lignites Blended with a Forest Residue under the Carbon Dioxide Stream

Received: 24 May 2022;  Published: 29 September 2022;  doi: 10.21926/cr.2203031


The present study investigated the co-gasification of two different lignites blended with the forest residue collected from the land restoration activity sites of open-pit mines located in the region of the Ptolemais basin in North Greece performed under the carbon dioxide stream. All samples were devolatilized in a fixed bed unit prior to [...]
Open Access Original Research

Heterologous Expression, Characterization, and Comparison of Laccases from the White Rot Causing Basidiomycete Cerrena Unicolor

Received: 26 July 2022;  Published: 20 September 2022;  doi: 10.21926/cr.2203028


Lignin is the most abundant renewable source of aromatics on earth, and conversion of it to chemicals and fuels is needed to build an economically viable renewable biofuels industry. Biological routes to converting lignin to fuels and chemicals involve depolymerizing lignin using lignin-degrading enzymes that catalyze the breaking of ether [...]
Open Access Communication

One-Pot Tandem Synthesis of Nitriles and Amides from Biomass Platform Compounds

Received: 28 December 2021;  Published: 21 February 2022;  doi: 10.21926/cr.2201004


In recent years, research on converting biomass platform compounds into high-value chemicals and pharmaceutical intermediates has garnered huge interest. Nitrile and amide groups are key structures in natural products and biologically active molecules. The direct conversion of biomass platform compounds into nitriles and amides [...]
Open Access Original Research

Versatility of Supported Gold Nanoparticles on Hydrotalcites used for Oxidation and Reduction Reactions

Received: 25 October 2021;  Published: 13 January 2022;  doi: 10.21926/cr.2201001


Regardless of their size, supported gold nanoparticles are largely used for liquid-phase oxidation reactions. Small gold nanoparticles exhibit good performance during the reduction of organic compounds. The direct reduction of carboxylic acid to aldehyde is a famous and familiar reaction in the field of organic chemistry and is [...]