Special Issue "Biofuels: Energy and Fuels, Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and Environmental Sciences"

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A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2009)

Special Issue Editor

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The value of biomass as a sustainable source of energy and carbon has been heralded for years.
Despite the information available on enzyme systems and plant cell walls structure, application of this knowledge to biomass conversion into biofuels and useful chemicals has met with limited success.
The goal of this special issue is to examine the stand of the latest available technologies to ensure a sustainable commercial use of biomass wastes.

Dr. Clifford Louime
Guest Editor

 

Leading Research Articles and Reviews

  • Adsul, M.G.; Bastawde, K.B.; Varma, A.J.; Gokhale; D.V. Strain improvement of Penicillium janthinellum NCIM 1171 for increased cellulase production. Bioresour. Technol. 2007, 98,1467-73. Epub 2006 Nov 13.
  • Saha, B.C.; Cotta, M.A. Ethanol production from alkaline peroxide pretreated enzymatically saccharified wheat straw. Biotechnol Prog. 2006, 22, 449-53
  • Rauscher, R.; Wurleitner, E.; Wacenovsky. C.; Aro, N.; Stricker, A.R.; Zeilinger, S.; Kubicek, C.P., Penttila, M.; Mach, R.L. Transcriptional regulation of xyn1, encoding xylanase I, in Hypocrea jecorina. Eukaryot. Cell, 2006, 5, 447-56.
  • Old, L.A.; Lowes S.; Russell, R.R. Genomic variation in Streptococcus mutans: deletions affecting the multiple pathways of beta-glucoside metabolism. Oral Microbiol. Immunol. 2006, 21, 21-7.
  • Baker, J.O.; McCarley, J.R.; Lovett, R.; Yu, C.H.; Adney, W.S.; Rignall, T.R.; Vinzant, T.B.; Decker, S.R.; Sakon, J.; Himmel, M.E. Catalytically enhanced endocellulase Cel5A from Acidothermus cellulolyticus. Appl. Biochem. Biotechnol. 2005, 121-124, 129-48.
  • Wang, T.; Liu, X.; Yu, Q.; Zhang, X.; Qu, Y.; Gao, P.; Wang, T. Directed evolution for engineering pH profile of endoglucanase III from Trichoderma reesei.
  • Biomol. Eng. 2005, 22, 89-94.
  • Chand, P.; Aruna, A.; Maqsood, A.M.; Rao, L.V. Novel mutation method for increased cellulase production. J. Appl. Microbiol.2005, 98, 318-23.
  • Zhou, W.; Irwin, D.C.; Escovar-Kousen, J.; Wilson, D.B. Kinetic studies of Thermobifida fusca Cel9A active site mutant enzymes. Biochemistry 2004, 43, 9655-63.
  • Wilson, D.B. Studies of Thermobifida fusca plant cell wall degrading enzymes. Chem. Rec. 2004, 4, 72-82.
  • Tellez-Valencia, A.; Sandoval, A.A.; Pedraza-Reyes, M. The non-catalytic amino acid Asp446 is essential for enzyme activity of the modular endocellulase Cel9 from Myxobacter sp. AL-1. Curr. Microbiol. 2003, 46, 307-10.
  • Torney, F.; Moeller, L.; Scarpa, A.; Wang, K. Genetic engineering approaches to improve bioethanol production from maize. Curr. Opin. Biotechnol. 2007 [Epub ahead of print].
  • Service, R.F. Cellulosic ethanol. Biofuel researchers prepare to reap a new harvest. Science 2007, 16, 1488-91. No abstract available.
  • Escovar-Kousen, J.M.; Wilson, D.; Irwin, D. Integration of computer modeling and initial studies of site-directed mutagenesis to improve cellulase activity on Cel9A from Thermobifida fusca. Appl. Biochem. Biotechnol. 2004, 113-116, 287-97.
  • Stephanopoulos, G. Challenges in engineering microbes for biofuels production. Science 2007, 315, 801-4.
  • Schubert, C. Can biofuels finally take center stage? Nat. Biotechnol. 2006, 24, 777-84.
  • Hahn-Hagerdal, B.; Galbe, M.; Gorwa-Grauslund, M.F.; Liden, G.; Zacchi, G. Bio-ethanol--the fuel of tomorrow from the residues of today. Trends Biotechnol. 2006, 24, 549-56. Review.
  • Farrell, A.E.; Plevin, R.J.; Turner, B.T.; Jones, A.D.; O'Hare, M.; Kammen, D.M. Ethanol can contribute to energy and environmental goals. Science 2006, 311, 506-8.
  • Sticklen, M. Plant genetic engineering to improve biomass characteristics for biofuels. Curr. Opin. Biotechnol. 2006, 17, 315-9. Review.
  • Gray, K.A.; Zhao, L.; Emptage, M. Bioethanol. Curr. Opin. Chem. Biol. 2006, 10, 141-6. Review.
  • Ragauskas, A.J.; Williams, C.K.; Davison, B.H.; Britovsek, G.; Cairney, J.; Eckert, C.A.; Frederick, W.J. Jr.; Hallett, J.P.; Leak, D.J.; Liotta, C.L.; Mielenz, J.R.; Murphy, R.; Templer, R.; Tschaplinski, T. The path forward for biofuels and biomaterials. Science2006, 311, 484-9. Review.
  • Yinbo, Q.; Zhu, M.; Liu, K.; Bao, X.; Lin, J. Studies on cellulosic ethanol production for sustainable supply of liquid fuel in China. Biotechnol. J. 2006, 1, 1235-40. Review.
  • Jeffries, T.W. Engineering yeasts for xylose metabolism. Curr. Opin. Biotechnol. 2006, 17, 320-6. Review.
  • Sticklen, M. Plant genetic engineering to improve biomass characteristics for biofuels. Curr. Opin. Biotechnol. 2006, 17, 315-9. Review.
  • Percival Zhang, Y.H.; Himmel, M.E.; Mielenz, J.R. Outlook for cellulase improvement: screening and selection strategies. Biotechnol. Adv. 2006, 24, 452-81. Review.
  • Ward, O.P.; Singh, A. Bioethanol technology: developments and perspectives. Adv. Appl. Microbiol. 2002, 51, 53-80. Review.
  • Lynd, L.R.; Weimer, P.J.; van Zyl, W.H.; Pretorius, I.S. Microbial cellulose utilization: fundamentals and biotechnology. Microbiol. Mol. Biol. Rev. 2002, 66, 506-77. Review. Erratum in: Microbiol. Mol. Biol. Rev. 2002, 66, 739.
  • Sun, Y.; Cheng, J. Hydrolysis of lignocellulosic materials for ethanol production: a review. Bioresour. Technol. 2002, 83, 1-11. Review.
  • Mielenz, J.R. Ethanol production from biomass: technology and commercialization status. Curr. Opin. Microbiol. 2001, 4, 324-9. Review.
  • Bayer, E.A.; Shimon, L.J.; Shoham, Y.; Lamed, R. Cellulosomes-structure and ultrastructure. J. Struct. Biol. 1998, 124, 221-34. Review.
  • Davies, G.J. Structural studies on cellulases. Biochem. Soc. Trans. 1998, 26, 167-73. Review.
  • Gray, K.A.; Zhao, L.; Emptage, M. Bioethanol. Curr. Opin.Chem. Biol. 2006, 10, 141-6. Review.
  • Lin, Y.; Tanaka, S. Ethanol fermentation from biomass resources: current state and prospects. Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 2006, 69, 627-42. Review.
  • Louime, C.; Abazinge, M.; Johnson, E.; Latinwo, L.; Ikediobi, C. Location, formation and biosynthetic regulation of cellulases in the gliding bacteria Cytophaga hutchinsonii. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2006, 7, 1-11.
  • Louime, C.; Abazinge, M.; Johnson, E.; Latinwo, L.Sugarcane: Is it the new biocellulosic substrate for the biomass industry. Florida Scientist 2006, 69, 44-48.

Keywords

 

  1. Biomass Characterization & Analysis
    • Characterization of biomass feedstock and products
    • Process design
    • Development of new methods and tools
  2. Biochemical Conversion Technologies
    • Development of pretreatment technologies
    • Cellulase Enzyme Development: e.g. basic science underlying enzymatic hydrolysis
    • Strain Development: metabolic engineering techniques
  3. Thermochemical Conversion Technologies
    • Gasification R&D
    • Pyrolysis processes
  4. Biobased Product & Development
    • Discovery, improvement, and development of conversion technologies
    • Novel separation technologies
    • Quantifying the quality and performance of biobased products

Published Papers (13 papers)

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Energies 2010, 3(7), 1344-1352; doi:10.3390/en3071344
Received: 6 May 2010; Accepted: 31 May 2010 / Published: 2 July 2010
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Energies 2010, 3(4), 886-898; doi:10.3390/en3040886
Received: 16 March 2010; Accepted: 27 March 2010 / Published: 22 April 2010
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Energies 2010, 3(4), 607-618; doi:10.3390/en3040607
Received: 22 October 2009; in revised form: 31 December 2009 / Accepted: 15 January 2010 / Published: 30 March 2010
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Energies 2010, 3(2), 194-205; doi:10.3390/en3020194
Received: 4 December 2009; Accepted: 25 January 2010 / Published: 28 January 2010
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Energies 2009, 2(4), 1192-1200; doi:10.3390/en20401192
Received: 18 November 2009; Accepted: 30 November 2009 / Published: 3 December 2009
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Energies 2009, 2(4), 957-975; doi:10.3390/en20400957
Received: 21 September 2009; Accepted: 20 October 2009 / Published: 27 October 2009
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Energies 2009, 2(3), 556-581; doi:10.3390/en20300556
Received: 13 May 2009; in revised form: 15 July 2009 / Accepted: 16 July 2009 / Published: 21 July 2009
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Energies 2009, 2(2), 445-455; doi:10.3390/en20200445
Received: 31 May 2009; in revised form: 10 June 2009 / Accepted: 19 June 2009 / Published: 24 June 2009
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Energies 2009, 2(2), 226-242; doi:10.3390/en20200226
Received: 3 March 2009; in revised form: 30 March 2009 / Accepted: 9 April 2009 / Published: 16 April 2009
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Energies 2009, 2(1), 48-56; doi:10.3390/en20100048
Received: 19 November 2008; in revised form: 17 February 2009 / Accepted: 18 February 2009 / Published: 19 February 2009
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Energies 2008, 1(2), 79-92; doi:10.3390/en1020079
Received: 5 August 2008; in revised form: 16 September 2008 / Accepted: 17 September 2008 / Published: 24 September 2008
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Energies 2008, 1(2), 41-78; doi:10.3390/en1010041
Received: 29 July 2008; Accepted: 11 September 2008 / Published: 16 September 2008
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Energies 2008, 1(1), 3-18; doi:10.3390/en1010003
Received: 27 March 2008; Accepted: 9 April 2008 / Published: 10 April 2008
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