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Special Issue "Advanced Biorefining: Advances in Co-production of Renewable Biomaterials and Biofuels"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (13 July 2018)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. David Bressler

University of Alberta, Faculty of Agriculture, Life & Environmental Sciences, Canada
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Interests: biofuels; biomaterials; biorefining; integrated processing; biocomposites; sustainability
Guest Editor
Dr. Michael Chae

University of Alberta, Department of Agricultural Food and Nutritional Science, Canada
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Interests: biofuels; biomaterials; biorefining; integrated processing; biocomposites; sustainability

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

One of the major hurdles for the deployment of both advanced biomaterials and biofuels is the introduction of a new product into established marketplaces that have optimized incumbent products. One promising approach to overcome the economic barriers to marketplace entry is the integrated co-production of high value biomaterials and biofuels through biorefining approaches. Over the past decade, in the United States, Europe, and the rest of the world, efforts have begun to focus on these integrated approaches with the production of nano-structured materials, carbon fibers, and other carbonaceous materials along with 2nd generation and advanced biofuels. With an increasing focus on products and processes with ever increasing carbon emission efficiency the next decade promises development and deployment of these new materials and fuels at an increasing pace. This Special Issue, will explore state-of-the-art progress in the areas of technology development, techno-economic evaluation, environmental impact and sustainability from the multidisciplinary scientific community developing these new advanced bioproducts.

Prof. David Bressler
Dr. Michael Chae
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Biofuels
  • Biomaterials
  • Biorefining
  • Integrated Processing
  • Biocomposites
  • Sustainability

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Open AccessArticle Effect of Co-Production of Renewable Biomaterials on the Performance of Asphalt Binder in Macro and Micro Perspectives
Materials 2018, 11(2), 244; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma11020244
Received: 17 January 2018 / Revised: 27 January 2018 / Accepted: 1 February 2018 / Published: 6 February 2018
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Abstract
Conventional asphalt binder derived from the petroleum refining process is widely used in pavement engineering. However, asphalt binder is a non-renewable material. Therefore, the use of a co-production of renewable bio-oil as a modifier for petroleum asphalt has recently been getting more attention
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Conventional asphalt binder derived from the petroleum refining process is widely used in pavement engineering. However, asphalt binder is a non-renewable material. Therefore, the use of a co-production of renewable bio-oil as a modifier for petroleum asphalt has recently been getting more attention in the pavement field due to its renewability and its optimization for conventional petroleum-based asphalt binder. Significant research efforts have been done that mainly focus on the mechanical properties of bio-asphalt binder. However, there is still a lack of studies describing the effects of the co-production on performance of asphalt binders from a micro-scale perspective to better understand the fundamental modification mechanism. In this study, a reasonable molecular structure for the co-production of renewable bio-oils is created based on previous research findings and the observed functional groups from Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy tests, which are fundamental and critical for establishing the molecular model of bio-asphalt binder with various biomaterials contents. Molecular simulation shows that the increase of biomaterial content causes the decrease of cohesion energy density, which can be related to the observed decrease of dynamic modulus. Additionally, a parameter of Flexibility Index is employed to characterize the ability of asphalt binder to resist deformation under oscillatory loading accurately. Full article
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