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Special Issue on Contemporary State of the Art in Biomass and Bio-Renewable Resources Conversion to Fuels and Chemicals

Bio-renewable energy and value-added chemical production from renewable resources has been studied extensively over the last decade. This has led to the identification of promising catalysts, which are now being used to produce these resources from a variety of feedstocks. These catalysts include organic and inorganic acids, sulfated and sulfonated ionic liquids, metal oxides, zeolites, transition metals, noble metal catalysts, heteropolyacids, metal-organic framework (MOF) and a combination thereof. Most of these processes are not being carried out on a large scale, possibly due to the limitations of product separation and catalyst recovery. Another possible reason is the diverse nature and complex molecular structure of feedstock. As a result, factors such as total acidity, acid strength, the ratio of Brønsted and Lewis acidity, and thermal stability become crucial in the development of an efficient and sustainable process for the production of bio-renewable energy and chemicals.

This special issue will present the current trends in this area; for example, the recent shift from bio-renewable energy production to high-value chemicals from biomass. It will also consider recent progress, current opportunities and emerging catalysts, as well as major challenges towards sustainability and implementation of such catalytic processes on a commercial scale.

We welcome novel, high-quality, original research articles, as well as review articles, short communications and letters.

Topics Covered:

  • Biomass pretreatment using conventional processes, ionic liquids and deep eutectic solvents; delignification; and depolymerisation
  • High temperature biomass conversion processes such as combustion, gasification, pyrolysis and thermo-catalytic reforming, and other high temperature processes such as carbonisation and biochar production
  • Low temperature biomass conversion via catalytic processes
  • Low temperature biomass conversion via biological processes
  • Application of biomass-derived products for fuel and chemical production

Important Deadlines:

  • Online submission system opens for full text submission: 15 December 2020
  • Submission deadline: 30 June 2021
  • Publication date: upon acceptance

Submission Instructions:

Please read the Guide for Authors before submitting. All articles should be submitted online; select the option Contemporary State of the Art in Biomass and Bio-Renewable Resources Conversion to Fuels and Chemicals.

Guest Editors:

  • Prof. K.K. Pant, Dept of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India. Email: kkpant@chemical.iitd.ac.in
  • Prof. Ajay K. Dalai, Professor and Canada Research Chair, Dept of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, SK, Canada. Email: akd983@mail.usask.ca
  • Dr. Ejaz Ahmad, Dept of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (ISM) Dhanbad, India. Email: ejaz@iitism.ac.in
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