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Utilization of Biomass Resources and Green Chemical Products

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Products and Services".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (18 June 2024) | Viewed by 2962

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1. UNICAP Icam Tech School, Catholic University of Pernambuco (UNICAP), Rua do Príncipe, 526, Recife 50050-900, PE, Brazil
2. Advanced Institute of Technology and Innovation (IATI), Rua Potyra, 31, Recife 50751-310, PE, Brazil
Interests: green chemical products
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

There is an urgent need for renewable and optimized use of resources for sustainable production and processing systems across the world. Biomass and renewable raw materials are the basis for the industry's orientation to the principles of green chemistry and sustainability. Nature provides an extraordinarily wide range of renewable raw materials with different properties and chemical compositions. Renewable raw materials are therefore of particular interest as alternatives to fossil resources for energy generation and as raw materials (i.e., remaining biomass after the removal of the nutritional components) for industrial chemistry. Examples of applications that use biomass as starting materials include adhesives, textiles and leather, cosmetics, cleaning agents, coatings, inks, printing inks, crop protection, lubricants and dietary supplements.

The use of biomass is also one of the main cycles in many chemical biorefinery schemes, which facilitates the production of protected products and energy. Biorefineries integrate relevant and ecologically correct concepts of green chemistry with intelligent and integrated agricultural processes, optimizing agricultural production. Thermochemical and biochemical processes are excellent alternatives for the production of new classes of biofuels and renewable raw materials, with a relatively small impact on greenhouse gas emissions and are also efficient methods to obtain value-added chemicals and biofuels. Thus, this Special Issue aims to explore research on raw material production technologies responsible for several environmental problems, such as soil and water contamination through the use of hazardous substances, generation of toxic products and the excess of biomass, with the aim to provide green alternatives, reinforcing the principles of sustainability.  

This Special Issue is addressed to scholars who have embraced an interdisciplinary and progressive approach in their research activities and have achieved promising results. Moreover, we welcome contributions from practitioners who have been involved in successful public–private partnerships in the field of sustainable development.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but not limited to) the following topics: 

  • Biotechnology;
  • Industrial ecology;
  • Climate change;
  • Food security;
  • Sustainable agriculture;
  • Environmental pollution;
  • Nano-composites;
  • C sequestration;
  • Phytoremediation;
  • Renewable energy;
  • Environmental impact;
  • Water treatment;
  • Wastewater treatment;
  • Green building;
  • Sustainable renewable energies;
  • Innovative technologies;
  • Climate change impacts.

Dr. Leonie Asfora Sarubbo
Prof. Dr. Attilio Converti
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Keywords

  • biomass resources
  • green chemistry
  • biomass
  • renewable raw materials
  • biosurfactants
  • biorefinery
  • biofuel
  • environmental biotechnology

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Biosurfactants: Promising Biomolecules for Agricultural Applications
by Maria da Glória C. Silva, Anderson O. Medeiros, Attilio Converti, Fabiola Carolina G. Almeida and Leonie A. Sarubbo
Sustainability 2024, 16(1), 449; https://doi.org/10.3390/su16010449 - 4 Jan 2024
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Population growth and the need for increased agricultural productivity pose a global problem. Therefore, the development of green compounds to ensure agricultural sustainability is an urgent necessity. Surfactant compounds hold significant commercial importance due to their diverse industrial uses. However, the synthetic origin [...] Read more.
Population growth and the need for increased agricultural productivity pose a global problem. Therefore, the development of green compounds to ensure agricultural sustainability is an urgent necessity. Surfactant compounds hold significant commercial importance due to their diverse industrial uses. However, the synthetic origin of these agents limits their commercial application due to their toxicity. As a result, extensive research has focused on the production of microbial-originated green surfactants, known as biosurfactants, over the past fifteen years. These biomolecules not only offer a green alternative for agriculture but also exhibit reduced toxicity and excellent stability under specific environmental conditions. Biosurfactants can lower surface tension more effectively than synthetic surfactants. With properties such as detergency and foam formation, biosurfactants are suitable for various agricultural applications, particularly in pesticide and agrochemical formulations. They can function as biopesticides to manage pests, pathogens, phytopathogenic fungi, and weeds due to their antimicrobial activity. Moreover, plants can benefit from biosurfactant molecules and microorganisms as nutrients. They can also aid efficiently in the distribution of micronutrients and metals in the soil. They also stimulate plant immunity and are utilized for soil hydrophilization to ensure proper moisture levels and uniform fertilizer distribution. This review aims to provide valuable insights into the role and properties of biosurfactants as agricultural adjuvants, fostering the development of sustainable formulations to replace the chemical surfactants used in pesticides. For this purpose, the general aspects of global agricultural activity are initially described, followed by a discussion of pesticides, including herbicides, fungicides, and insecticide products. Next, the properties of chemical surfactants are discussed and the use of green surfactants, with emphasis on microbial biosurfactants, is demonstrated. The application of biosurfactants in the agricultural industry and trends are addressed and prospects for the application of these agents are discussed. Full article
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