Biorefinery: From Biomass to Chemicals and Fuels

This book provides an introduction to the basic science and technologies for the conversion of biomass (terrestrial and aquatic) into chemicals and fuels, as well as an overview of innovations in the field. The entire value chain for converting raw materials into platform molecules and their transformation into final products are presented in detail. Both cellulosic and oleaginous biomass are considered. The book contains contributions by both academic scientists and industrial technologists so that each topic combines state-of-the-art scientific knowledge with innovative technologies relevant to chemical industries.

  • The move towards biomass as the basis for fuels and platform chemicals is one of the most pressing issues of today
  • Contributions by academic and industrial scientists to combine cutting-edge research with innovative industrial goals

Selected topics include:

  • Refinery of the future: feedstock, processes, products
  • The terrestrial and aquatic biomass production and properties
  • Chemical technologies and biotechnologies for the conversion of cellulose, hemicellulose, lignine, algae, residual biomass
  • Thermal, catalytic and enzymatic conversion of biomass
  • Production of chemicals, polymeric materials, fuels (biogas, biodiesel, bioethanol, biohydrogen)
  • Policy aspects of biomass product chains
  • LCA applied to the energetic, economic and environmental evaluation of the production of fuels from biomass: ethanol, biooil and biodiesel, biogas, biohydrogen

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