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Special Issue "Biorefinery and Biomass Conversion and Utilization"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Green Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Christophe Len

PSL Research University, IRCP, UMR 8247 CNRS Chimie ParisTech, 11 rue Pierre et Marie Curie, F-75005 Paris, France
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Interests: green chemistry; organic chemistry; catalysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Due to the severe degradation of oil-based resources, food and water associated with an increasing population, the 21st century (compared to the previous three) is important for society and future generations. In this context, alternative solutions able to mitigate climate change and reduce the consumption of fossil fuels, have to be promoted. Therefore, the replacement of fossil oil by promising renewable resources, such as biomass and waste for the production of fuel and bio-based chemicals, is an interesting option and is the driving force for the development of biorefinery complexes.

The aim of this Special Issue is to cover promising recent research and emerging trends using biomass (lignocellulose, hemicellulose, oil, etc.) and platform molecules (furfural, hydroxymethylfurfural, levulinic acid, glycerol, etc.) in the fields of (i) thermochemical conversion technologies; (ii) physicochemical conversion technologies; and (iii) biochemical conversion technologies. The development of ambitious alternative technologies (flow chemistry, microwave, microreactors, nanocatalysts), as new cornerstones to green chemistry and sustainable development will also be covered.

Prof. Dr. Christophe Len
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Molecules is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • biomass
  • biorefinery
  • green chemistry
  • thermochemistry
  • physicochemistry
  • biochemistry
  • chemical catalysis
  • alternative technologies
  • microwave
  • sonochemistry
  • continuous flow

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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