Special Issue "Intensified Reactors and Smart Integrated Processing for Valuable Products from Food Processing Wastes"

A special issue of Processes (ISSN 2227-9717). This special issue belongs to the section "Biological Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2019)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Volker Hessel

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, School of Chemical Engineering, University of Adelaide, Adelaide SA 5005, Australia
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Interests: micro process technology; flow chemistry; process intensification; green processing; sustainability (life cycle assessment, cost analysis)
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Milton Hearn

Centre for Green Chemistry, Monash University, Clayton, Australia
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Interests: bioprocess technologies; separation science; green chemistry
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Bo Jin

School Chemical Engineering, The University of Adelaide, Australia
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Interests: bioprocessing; bioconversion; industrial biotechnology; bionanotechnology; wastewater treatment and reuse

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Growing global population and urbanization has led to increasing demand for food production and processing industries, which generate large amounts of organic wastes. Food processing waste (FPW) is a reservoir of complex carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and nutraceuticals, which are rich in carbon and nutrient sources for the production of commercially important metabolites. Effective FPW utilization for the production of renewable energy and valuable chemicals can significantly promote human well being and national economics, and might close the chemical production cycle in a C2C manner.

Keys to a sustainable transformation, with maximised FPW reuse and raised potential income of the entire bioprocess chain, are

  • Food waste sources rich in the key molecular component and of reliable quality
  • Smart and multi-functional catalysts
  • Modern and should be one process concept
  • The integration of process functions: the interconnection of biotechnological processes in the co-production of bio-fuels and bio-products
  • Modular, flexible chemical production platforms, which can run campaigns in a flexible manner.

Recent valorisation studies for food processing waste have opened new avenues for producing biofuels, enzymes, bioactive compounds, biodegradable plastics, and nanoparticles, among many other molecules. This Special Issue deals with the various products and latest valorisation techniques using FPW as a raw material. Biorefinery is an emerging concept in the field of biomass waste-management, suggesting that all kinds of biomass-derived materials can be converted into different types of biofuels and chemicals through various conversion processes with a reduced impact on the environment. Technologies include intelligent separation, biochemical processing, recovery technology, and modelling strategies with high-added-value compounds for commercial applications. Intensified flow chemistry and its reactors provide unchallenged high productivity and selectivity, while modular process equipment containers allow flexible production (switch in charges and campaigns) and have been proven to massively reduce CAPEX/OPEX costs.

Review and research articles focusing on outstanding questions such as those listed below are most welcome:

  • How can waste valorisation strategies be incorporated into the various stages of food processing and logistics?
  • What are the technical hurdles associated with FPW considering its vast diversity?
  • Will the utilization of FPW to produce value-added products be an economically feasible idea?
  • Has the biorefinery concept been truly effective for all forms of food supply chain waste?
  • Is a holistic concept at hand, which integrates all process functions with a vision on final-stage capacity?
  • How can multi-disciplinary innovation be developed towards the commercial processing case?

Prof. Dr. Volker Hessel
Prof. Dr. Milton Hearn
Prof. Dr. Bo Jin
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • food processing waste
  • biorefinery
  • biochemical process strategy and modelling
  • intensified reactor
  • and process concepts

Published Papers

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