Special Issue "Cellulose Conversion Technology"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 February 2019
The transition from the current economy, based on fossil fuels and products, to a new economy, based on the use of biomass, is challenging. Biorefineries have an essential role to play in sustainable production of biofuels, bioproducts and biomaterials as their primary purpose is to integrate industrial processing of biomass, thus making bioprocessing more efficient and competitive.
Lignocellulosic biomass has been proposed as a very promising feedstock to be used in biorefineries as source for the production of biofuels, chemicals, and other biomass-derived products with high added-value products. Furthermore, lignocellulosic materials obtained from energy crops, wood and agricultural residues represent the most abundant global source of renewable biomass. Among the components of lignocellulosic biomass, cellulose is a very interesting starting point to produce a very broad kind of products of interest. However, the low reactivity of cellulose has prevented its use in chemical industry except for the paper manufacturing. Cellulose can be transformed directly to functionalized celluloses that have large number of applications or the preparation of nanocelluloses, an emerging material with impress properties. On the other hand, cellulose can be transformed in small molecules like glucose, ethanol, sorbitol, 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (5-HMF), γ-valerolactone, gluconic acid, and other derivatives, which have been expected as feedstock in the bio-based industry.
For these reasons, the study of “Cellulose Conversion Technology” is a hot topic in scientific research for a broad number of scientific disciplines that cover professionals working in areas of materials, chemistry, catalysis and engineering.
Dr. Jose M. Campos-Martin
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- Gluconic acid