Special Issue "Bio-based Materials and Energy Under Circular Economy Approaches"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Flávio Silva
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Guest Editor
Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM), Department of Environment and Planning, University of Aveiro, Aveiro 3810, Portugal
Interests: environmental (bio)technology, kinetics and modelling; waste/water treatment and valorization; biochar production and novel applications; (bio)remediation of soil and water compartments
Prof. Dr. Luís Tarelho
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Guest Editor
Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM), Department of Environment and Planning, University of Aveiro, Aveiro 3810, Portugal
Interests: thermochemical conversion processes; biochar production; fluidized bed reactors engineering; solid waste treatment technology; treatment of gaseous emissions; environmental impact of energy conversion processes
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Prof. Dr. Helena Nadais
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Guest Editor
Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM), Department of Environment and Planning, University of Aveiro, Aveiro 3810, Portugal
Interests: bioenergy and biomaterials; wastewater resources recovery; water and wastewater treatment; environmental management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The efforts put in transition from a linear to a circular economy have provided innovative ways of design thinking and enabled new business models based on industrial ecology. In the circular economy pathway, all residues are rather faced as resources, which are expected to support achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and environmental protection standards. Tangible examples include biorefinery processes already implemented in the agro-industry, forestry, wastewater treatment, and waste management sectors, in which organic waste streams are engineered towards added-value generation (e.g., “clean” energy and fine chemicals), yet often with low contribution to conventional core businesses. Moreover, the circular economy agenda urges a step forward to cope with population growth and changes in consumption patterns that are putting pressure over the soil–water–energy nexus. As such, more research is needed to assess whether bio-based recycled materials and energy can replace conventional products in a cost-effective and environmentally sustainable path. In particular, further applied research on bio-based materials and energy vectors is required to: 1) identify and prioritize the key production systems that urge a more circular management of resources and energy; 2) replace end-of-pipe treatment processes by innovative techniques that boost the added-value of the recovered materials; 3) develop innovative multilevel applications, based on broad quality criteria of recovered materials and energy to promote their effective and sustainable trade; and 4) develop technology scale-up to enable market supply and demand.

This Special Issue seeks to fill these gaps and aims to highlight the merit of bio-based materials and energy in both research and industry axes. To this end, this Special Issue will collect contributions on disruptive technologies, processes, products, and industrial synergies that rely on circular economy principles. We therefore invite submission of case studies, technical developments, and reviews that are relevant to this context.

Dr. Flávio Silva
Prof. Dr. Luís Tarelho
Prof. Dr. Helena Nadais
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • bio-based products
  • energy vectors
  • biorefinery
  • wastewater
  • organic waste
  • agro-industry
  • forestry
  • environmental engineering
  • environmental technology
  • environmental biotechnology
  • thermochemical conversion
  • chemical building blocks

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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