3: Current Challenges in Catalysis
Published:11 May 2017
D. Vogt and N. J. Westwood, in Contemporary Catalysis: Science, Technology, and Applications, ed. P. C. J. Kamer, D. Vogt, and J. Thybaut, The Royal Society of Chemistry, 2017, pp. 74-86.
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As catalysis spans a wide range and involves many disciplines, this chapter does not aim to line out all current challenges. Many of those challenges are related to environmental issues and the urgent need for more sustainable production methods, next to important persisting fundamental questions. We want to create the mindset that is needed to tackle those challenges and give examples of recent developments. A common feature is the integration of knowledge and disciplines that goes along with vanishing disciplinary boundaries that, anyway, only exist in our heads.