Special Issue "Advances and Challenges in Cellulosic Ethanol"


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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2015

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Dimitris S. Argyropoulos
Departments of Forest Biomaterials & Chemistry, North Carolina State University, 2820 Faucette Drive, Rm 3104, Raleigh, NC, 27695-8005, USA
Website: http://www4.ncsu.edu/~dsargyro
E-Mail: dsargyro@ncsu.edu
Phone: +1 919 515 7708
Fax: +1 919 515 6302
Interests: materials; chemicals and energy from forest biomass; organic chemistry of wood components; bio-refining of lignin; cellulose & nano-cellulose based smart materials; NMR spectroscopy and polymer chemistry of biopolymers

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Without a doubt, our society’s concerns over increasing fuel prices, green house gas emissions, and the associated global warming have created a tremendous interest in the science and technologies that promise the sustainable production of energy from domestic resources. In this respect, lignocellulosic biomass (wood) has the unique ability to supply it because carbohydrates and lignin are among the most abundant organic compounds on the planet, representing a vast amount of biomass (in the range of hundreds of billions of tons). Our fossil carbon-based energy economy relies on distinctly hydrophobic hydrocarbon molecules that are devoid of oxygen and functional groups. In contrast to hydrocarbons, carbohydrates are highly functionalized and hydrophilic molecules. As such our chemical and energy industry needs to redevelop in a major way if it is to use lignocellulosic biomass as its feedstock. These considerations unambiguously dictate the need for practically oriented scientific research and development covering a wide range of applications for the use of Cellulose to Ethanol.

This special issue is focused at bringing together the global expertise from academia, government, and industry with the aim to disseminate their latest findings and to exchange their ideas for the future in the realm of “Cellulose to Ethanol”. The present issue will attempt to offer the reader a current view of the issue. Contributors should attempt to provide a good review of the literature, creating a sound foundation for the science to be subsequently developed. The editor anticipates that this issue will provide a resource for new ideas, guidance, and a good embarkation point for any future endeavors in the broad area that is defined by its title “Advances & Challenges in Cellulosic Ethanol”.

Prof. Dr. Dimitris S. Argyropoulos
Guest Editor


  • bioenergy
  • pre-treatment
  • novel pre-treatment methods
  • softwood versus hardwood digestibility issues
  • cellulose
  • cellulase enzymes
  • cellulase inhibition
  • recalcitrance of biomass
  • novel methods of analysis for wood
  • fermentation towards bioethanol
  • byproduct utilization
  • lignin utilization
  • crystallinity
  • analytical methods in lignocellulose
  • biofuel life cycle analysis
  • biofuel process economics
  • biomass supply in biofuels production

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Energies 2014, 7(12), 8411-8426; doi:10.3390/en7128411
Received: 29 October 2014; in revised form: 27 November 2014 / Accepted: 4 December 2014 / Published: 16 December 2014
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Energies 2014, 7(7), 4087-4097; doi:10.3390/en7074087
Received: 1 May 2014; in revised form: 13 June 2014 / Accepted: 19 June 2014 / Published: 26 June 2014
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