Special Issue "Efficient Technology for the Pretreatment of Biomass"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 March 2018
Dr. Helene Carrere
LBE, INRA Institut National de La Recherche Agronomique, Montpellier Université, Avenue des etangs, 11100 Narbonne, France
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Interests: physico–chemical and biological pretreatments; anaerobic digestion; dark fermentation; lignocellulosic biomass; agricultural residues; sludge; fatty residues
Dr. Ivet Ferrer
Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya•BarcelonaTech, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Group of Environmental Engineering and Microbiology, Barcelona, Spain
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Interests: microalgae; sludge; pretreatment techniques; anaerobic digestion; biogas; life cycle assessment (LCA)
Biomass corresponds to organic matter of animal, vegetable, microbial, or algal origin. Biomass use as feedstock for biomaterial, chemicals, platform molecules, biofuel or bioenergy are the most reliable alternatives to limit fossil fuel consumption and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Resource recovery from different kinds of waste, such as sludge, food waste, municipal solid waste, and animal waste (manure and slaughterhouse waste) is particularly interesting from an environmental point of view, as it also reduces environmental pollution. In addition, lignocellulosic biomass and algae, which do not compete for food production, represent an important source of renewable resources (i.e., energy and other value-added products). However, a pretreatment step is generally required before biomass (bio)-conversion into valuable products in order to increase the process yield and/or productivity.
Pretreatmentsare applied upstream of various conversion processes of biomass into biofuel or biomaterial with valuable end products such as bioethanol, biohydrogen, biomethane, biomolecules or biomaterials. Pretreatments cover a wide range of processes that include mechanical, thermal, chemical and biological techniques. This step is recognized as crucial and cost intensive for the development of biorefineries. Thus, more research is necessary to identify the most effective and economical pretreatment options for different biomass sources.
This Special Issue aims to gather research papers on recent developments of biomass pretreatments for biomaterial, chemicals, biofuel or bioenergy production, in the fields of Chemistry Sciences, Process Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Modeling and Control, Energy and Fuels, and Bioprocesses. Papers describing new insights on pretreatment mechanisms, development of new and efficient pretreatment processes, environmental, energy or economical assessments and modeling of more conventional pretreatment processes are particularly expected. Review articles are also welcome.Dr. Helene Carrere
Dr. Aline Carvalho da Costa
Dr. Cigdem Eskicioglu
Dr. Ivet Ferrer
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- New pretreatment process
- Pretreatment mechanisms
- Pretreatment modeling
- Environmental assessment
- Energy assessment
- Economic assessment
- Biomass fractionation for biorefinery
- Life cycle assessment