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Effective Production and Use of Bioenergy and Sustainable Packaging to Protect Our Environment

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2022) | Viewed by 3105

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Institute for Sustainable Industries and Livable Cities, Victoria University Melbourne, PO Box 14428, Melbourne 8001, Australia
Interests: biomass and waste valorization; sustainable packaging; solid waste management; hydrogen production; thermochemical conversion processes; environmental emissions control; wastewater treatment

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Faculty of Integrated Technologies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Jalan Tungku Link, Gadong, Brunei Darussala, Bandar Seri Begawan BE1410, Brunei
Interests: biomass and waste valorization; catalytic pyrolysis; biorefinery; renewable energy; circular bioeconomy

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School of Chemical Engineering, Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan 38541, Korea
Interests: biomass gasification; hydrogen production; thermochemical conversion processes; biochemical conversion processes

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue, “Effective Production and Use of Bioenergy and Sustainable Packaging Materials to Protect Our Environment”, is dedicated to publishing the progress and knowledge on the development of sustainable energy and packaging materials for the sustainability of the environment. Typically, biomass and other waste resources, including waste plastics, offer an economically viable source to produce bioenergy via various conversion processes. However, the limitations of biomass-derived biofuels for their use in modern energy applications are still a considerable challenge for researchers and industry regarding significant technological gaps. Similarly, the use of petroleum-derived packaging materials poses serious consequences of environmental pollution, which is widely evident on a global scale. The inferior properties of packaging produced from biobased feedstock compared to conventional plastic-based packaging, especially for food packaging applications, is another challenge facing the industry. The development of economically viable biofuels and sustainable packaging materials that have comparable properties to conventional fuels and packaging materials would be a key breakthrough to achieving sustainable development goals. Taking all of this into consideration, this Special Issue is aimed to provide an opportunity to share and disseminate new ideas in these areas with the publication of original research and review papers to advance the knowledge in the relevant fields.

Dr. Ashfaq Ahmed
Dr. Marlene Cran
Dr. Muhammad Saifullah Abu Bakar
Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Uzair Ayub
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  • bioenergy recovery from organic and plastic wastes
  • thermochemical conversion processes
  • catalytic up-gradations of biofuels
  • sustainable packaging development
  • active, antimicrobial and biodegradable packaging
  • sustainable development goals

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Synthesis of Novel MOF-5 Based BiCoO3 Photocatalyst for the Treatment of Textile Wastewater
by Bazla Sarwar, Asad Ullah Khan, Tahir Fazal, Muhammad Aslam, Naeem Akhtar Qaisrani and Ashfaq Ahmed
Sustainability 2022, 14(19), 12885; - 9 Oct 2022
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Water pollution, having organic dyes, has lethal impacts on aquatic life and public health. To eliminate or degrade dyes, a metal-organic framework (MOF) based BiCoO3 semiconductor is considered a potential photocatalyst for the degradation of dyes. In this study, the MOF-5-based BiCoO [...] Read more.
Water pollution, having organic dyes, has lethal impacts on aquatic life and public health. To eliminate or degrade dyes, a metal-organic framework (MOF) based BiCoO3 semiconductor is considered a potential photocatalyst for the degradation of dyes. In this study, the MOF-5-based BiCoO3 (MOF-5/BiCoO3) composite was successfully synthesized using a one-pot hydrothermal process. Different analytical techniques were used to characterize MOF-5/BiCoO3 composite and pure MOF-5 samples. When compared to pure MOF-5, the experimental and characterization analysis showed that the MOF-5/BiCoO3 composite has better photocatalytic activity (99.6%) for the degradation of Congo-red (CR) dye due to the formation of heterostructure between MOF-5 and BiCoO3, which improve the separation of charge carriers. Meanwhile, the introduction of BiCoO3 with MOF-5 changes the surface morphology of MOF-5/BiCoO3 composite, increasing the surface area for CR adsorption and thus improving photocatalytic efficiency. Based on radical trapping experiments, the superoxide and hydroxyl radicals are dominant species in the CR degradation process. The reusability results demonstrate that MOF-5/BiCoO3 composite can be used effectively for up to five cycles, which makes the process more economical. Hence, MOF-5/BiCoO3 composite offers a promising approach to developing a highly effective, stable, efficient, economical, and sustainable photocatalyst for the dissociation of organic pollutants from wastewater streams. Full article
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