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Keywords:

  • catalysis;
  • energy;
  • green chemistry;
  • renewable resources;
  • sustainable chemistry

The improvement of living standards in modern society is closely related to—and highly dependent on—the availability and development of energy based on fossil resources. However, the gradual depletion of these resources and the emerging environmental concerns associated with over-relying on them means that achieving long-term energy security and addressing climate changes are now key global challenges. As a result, the identification of a broad spectrum of energy sources and the production of renewable feedstocks, as well as the development of energy-efficient technologies are becoming key strategies in both sustainable economic development and environmental improvement.

Since its foundation in 1949, the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP), Chinese Academy of Sciences has pursued the highest quality of scientific research as a priority. After 60 years of development, the DICP is currently embracing a very broad portfolio of research activities, ranging from the fundamental to the applied and including areas such as catalysis, chemical engineering, synthetic organic chemistry, laser chemistry, molecular reaction dynamics, analytical chemistry, and biotechnology. Taking up the worldwide challenges, and opportunities, associated with energy security and environmental issues, the Dalian National Laboratory for Clean Energy (DNL) has been developed within the DICP under the auspices of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST). The DNL represents the first national laboratory for energy-related research in China. Research at the DNL is currently focused on the efficient conversion and optimal utilization of fossil energy, clean energy conversion technologies, and the economically viable use of solar and biomass energy.

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Figure 1. Overview of the DICP campus. The Dalian National Laboratory for Clean Energy is at the top-left corner.

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To celebrate the official inauguration of the DNL last autumn, we are honored to co-edit this DICP special issue in ChemSusChem, containing 19 papers, including 1 Review, 12 Full Papers, and 6 Communications. This issue provides a unique opportunity for us to share our latest progress with the international scientific community.

We would like to thank all the authors who have contributed and reviewers who have given valuable comments and suggestions. We would also like to thank the editorial office of ChemSusChem for their kind support and efforts in bringing this DICP special issue into press.

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Prof. Tao Zhang obtained his PhD from the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP), Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1989, and was promoted to Full Professor in 1995. He worked as post-doctoral fellow at the University of Birmingham (UK) and as visiting professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA), University of Poitiers (France), and University of Namur (Belgium). He is currently the Director of the DICP. He also serves as Associate Editor-in-Chief of the Chinese Journal of Catalysis, Editorial Board Member of Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, and International Advisory Board Member of ChemPhysChem. His main research interests include catalytic conversion of biomass, environmental catalysis, and the synthesis of nanomaterials.

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Prof. Can Li obtained his PhD in 1989 from the DICP, and was promoted to Full Professor in 1993. He worked as post-doctoral fellow at Northwestern University (USA), and visiting professor at the University of Liverpool (UK), University of Tokyo (Japan), Lehigh University (USA), and Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris VI (France). He is a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Academy of Sciences for Developing World (TWAS), Academia Europaea, and fellow of Royal Chemical Society. He is currently the president of the International Association of Catalysis Society (IACS), and chairman of the Catalysis Society of China. He is the director of the Dalian National Laboratory for Clean Energy and the State Key Laboratory of Catalysis. His main research interests include catalysis, spectroscopy, and the utilization of solar energy.

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Prof. Xinhe Bao received his PhD in Physical Chemistry from Fudan University in 1987. He held an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow position at the Fritz Haber Institute between 1989 and 1995, hosted by Prof. Gerhard Ertl. He then joined the DICP as a Full Professor, and became a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2009. His research focus are fundamental studies on catalysis, including the development of new catalysts and novel catalytic processes related to energy. Currently, his attention is focused on “nanocatalysis” with emphasis on the development of scientific knowledge and techniques to assemble and stabilize nanostructured particles by using porous materials and carbon nanotubes.

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