Forthcoming Special Issues

29 August 2022

Catalytic Upcycling of Waste Plastics

Rationale for a Themed Collection in Applied Catalysis B: Catalytic conversion and upcycling of polymers is a fast-expanding field of catalysis research that is poised to play a critical role in the environmental abatement of disposed waste plastics and the decarbonization of the chemical industry by keeping carbon in a circular economy. Every day scientists expand our knowledge of the catalytic chemistry of polymer deconstruction in both breadth and depth. This research area is a vibrant and dynamic field of catalysis with innovations typically scattered among high-impact chemistry, catalysis, polymers, and broad audience journals. As a result, the number of publications on plastic upcycling has increased exponentially since 2018. Hence, a Themed Collection in Applied Catalysis B on plastic upcycling will bring the community together and share the latest achievements on the catalytic transformation of discarded polymers following relatively mature technologies and radically new approaches.

Scope of the Themed Collection: The Themed Collection would welcome original research and perspective review articles focusing on recent fundamental and applied advances in catalytic conversion of polymers and/or waste-derived feedstocks. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

- Novel catalysts and approaches for high temperature (e.g., catalytic pyrolysis) conversion of polymers.

- Novel catalysts and catalytic approaches to enable polymer deconstruction at low to intermediate temperatures.

- Elucidation of reaction mechanisms and fundamental interactions of polymers with catalytic surfaces

- Alternative photo- and electro- catalytic conversion of polymers

- Solvent-enabled and homogenously catalyzed polymer conversion

- Development of advanced characterization tools to elucidate the dynamic changes in polymers and catalysts during a reaction.

Guest editors:

Guest Editorial Team: A team of experts with diverse backgrounds and connections with the corresponding communities in America, Europe, and Asia.

Hongfei Lin, PhD
Washington State University, Pullman, United States
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Oliver Y. Gutierrez, PhD
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, United States
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Bert Weckhuysen, PhD
Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands
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Keiichi Tomishige, PhD
Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan
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Manuscript submission information:

Submissions are made at:

When submitting, please select “VSI:Plastic Upcycling” when you reach the “Issue – Select Issue Type” step at the start of the submission process. To ensure high-quality contributions, all articles will be subject to the usual peer-review process of Applied Catalysis B: Environmental.

We look forward to your paper submission.


• Author Invitation Date: September 9, 2022
• Date the first submission is expected: December 9, 2022
• Manuscript Submission Deadline: March 9, 2022
• Editorial Acceptance Deadline: June 9, 2022

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