Due to the importance of chiral catalysts in organic chemistry, the fabrication of nanoporous materials using chiral building blocks and their applications in asymmetric catalysis were firstly reviewed by Silva et al. Next, Wu et al. dealt with enantioselective hydrogenation catalyzed by chiral nanoporous materials. Thereafter, several useful advanced functional materials for heterogeneous catalysis were covered. Kaskel et al. systematically summarized the design of functional nanostructured carbons for heterogeneous catalysis. Romero-Salguero et al. reviewed periodic mesoporous organosilicas as catalysts for organic reactions. Sun et al. dealt with the preparation of mesoporous solid superbases by using metal oxide interlayers, which can catalyze diverse organic reactions under mild conditions. Wang et al. reviewed catalytic applications of the zeolite ZSM-5 with hierarchical pore structure. It is known that pore engineering techniques can tailor pore sizes of nanoporous materials precisely, which can optimize different reactions through diffusivity control. In Tsai’s review, they summarized pore engineering methods for the enhancement of zeolite catalytic performances on aromatics conversion.
The use of heterogeneous nanoporous catalysts in energy and environment-related organic chemistry has received increasing attention recently. In this special issue, Yao et al. reviewed the conversion of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, to valuable fuels. Lu et al. summarized the applications of carbon-based materials in the photocatalytic fields. Also Yao et al. presented recent advances in liquid-phase heterogeneous photocatalysis for organic synthesis.