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College of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing 210037, China
College of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing 210037, China
Prof. Dr. Shifeng Zhang
Beijing Key Laboratory of Wood Science and Engineering, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing 100083, China
College of Materials Science and Technology, Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing, China

Biomass for Energy, Chemicals and Materials

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Dear Colleagues,

Biomass and its derived materials for energy, chemicals, and materials have attracted significant attention due to the combinations of biomass, energies, chemistry, and materials. In this field, the unique porous structures and chemical compositions of biomass can be used as a template, which is of great significance for the development of electrode materials with controllable geometry. At present, there are still challenges in the development of biomass and its derived carbon with regard to their pore formation, high value utilization, high carbon output, high energy density, high power density, and controllable nano-micro-structure, which are the main bottlenecks in the direction of electrochemical energy storage materials. It is worth noting that the doping of heteroatoms and extra redox also plays an important role in the performance of energy storage. This topic may require a clear understanding of the element composition of biomass and the inherent chemical and structural characteristics of biomass, as well as the mechanism by which organisms produce carbon materials during pyrolysis.

This topic is devoted to publishing original research papers, short communications, application notes, and critical reviews about the latest developments in the fields of the characterization of lignin, biomass and energy, chemicals, and materials. Contributions of particular interest including but not limited to the above are welcome.

Prof. Dr. Shaohua Jiang
Prof. Dr. Changlei Xia
Prof. Dr. Shifeng Zhang
Dr. Xiaoshuai Han
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Keywords

  • lignin
  • chemical characterization
  • chemical modification
  • de-polymerization
  • combustion
  • energy
  • biomass
  • hydrothermal liquefaction
  • bio-oils
  • bio-aromatic chemicals
  • synthesis
  • polymers
  • carbon fibers
  • composites

Participating Journals

Journal Name Impact Factor CiteScore Launched Year First Decision (median) APC
Biomass
biomass
- 2.9 2021 19 Days CHF 1000 Submit
Energies
energies
3.0 6.2 2008 16.1 Days CHF 2600 Submit
Materials
materials
3.1 5.8 2008 13.9 Days CHF 2600 Submit
Molecules
molecules
4.2 7.4 1996 14.6 Days CHF 2700 Submit
Nanomaterials
nanomaterials
4.4 8.5 2010 13.6 Days CHF 2900 Submit
Polymers
polymers
4.7 8.0 2009 13.7 Days CHF 2700 Submit

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11 pages, 610 KiB  
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Cropping Flax for Grain and Fiber: A Case-Study from Italy
by Piernicola Masella, Giulia Angeloni and Incoronata Galasso
Biomass 2024, 4(2), 599-609; https://doi.org/10.3390/biomass4020032 - 6 Jun 2024
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Flax (Linum usitatissimum L.) can be grown both as an oil crop and as a fiber crop, and this offers new opportunities when included in the framework of a whole-crop biorefinery, a system in which a range of products are made from [...] Read more.
Flax (Linum usitatissimum L.) can be grown both as an oil crop and as a fiber crop, and this offers new opportunities when included in the framework of a whole-crop biorefinery, a system in which a range of products are made from portions of grain and straw and in which both of these should be satisfactorily produced. In the present experiment, the effect of flax genotypes (7 varieties), cultivation sites (two locations) and seasons (two years) were tested with a standard randomized complete block design, in search of a compromise for the production performance for both grain and straw, with the aim of reintroducing flax back into the northern Italian environment. Overall, grain yield reaches an average value of about 1.4 t ha−1 (dw), while straw yield reaches 2.77 t ha−1 (dw). The former is strictly dependent on the environmental effects of the growing site and season, while the effect of genotype was not significant. The straw yield also depends on the second-order interaction of the factors analyzed, although the performance of three varieties, Festival, Solal and Linoal, was noteworthy and seemed to respond well in both environments. Overall, it was found that flax can be conveniently grown for both grain and straw production. Full article
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Evaluation of Biogas Production from Swine Manure Using a UASB Reactor (Upflow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket) with Long-Term Operation
by Ana Marcela Mosquera, Juan Martín Delgado, Aura Alexandra Ramón, Juan Esteban Vásquez and Mariana Peñuela
Energies 2024, 17(11), 2723; https://doi.org/10.3390/en17112723 - 3 Jun 2024
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To meet Colombia’s energy needs by 2050, a total installed capacity of 42 MW across its power generation infrastructure is required. To achieve this, transitioning to cleaner energy sources, such as biomass—a non-conventional renewable energy—is necessary. Biomass is a promising renewable source for [...] Read more.
To meet Colombia’s energy needs by 2050, a total installed capacity of 42 MW across its power generation infrastructure is required. To achieve this, transitioning to cleaner energy sources, such as biomass—a non-conventional renewable energy—is necessary. Biomass is a promising renewable source for thermal and electrical energy production. This study researched the production of biogas from swine manure using a UASB reactor to valorize this waste. Swine manure was collected every 20 days from a pig farm with a capacity of 200 sows, located in Santa Rosa de Osos, Antioquia. The flow rate was increased three times (1.30 L d−1, 1.62 L d−1, and 2.08 L d−1) to reduce the hydraulic retention time (HRT) and enhance biogas production. The volatile and total solids, chemical oxygen demand (COD), alkalinity, and biogas composition were measured over one year. The proposed system achieved 87.40% COD remotion from the feed stream and generated a yield of 507 mLCH4 gVS−1, with an HRT of 19 days and an OLR of 4.27 gCOD L−1 d−1. The reactor produced biogas with a CH4 content of 67.7%, CO2 content of 18.1%, and H2S content of 1413 ppm. This study highlights the effectiveness of the UASB reactor for biogas production using swine manure as a substrate. Full article
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One-Step Hydrothermal/Solvothermal Preparation of Pt/TiO2: An Efficient Catalyst for Biobutanol Oxidation at Room Temperature
by Lijun Lei, Qianyue Cao, Jiachen Ma and Fengxiao Hou
Molecules 2024, 29(7), 1450; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules29071450 - 24 Mar 2024
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The selective oxidation of biobutanol to prepare butyric acid is an important conversion process, but the preparation of low-temperature and efficient catalysts for butanol oxidation is currently a bottleneck problem. In this work, we prepared Pt-TiO2 catalysts with different Pt particle sizes [...] Read more.
The selective oxidation of biobutanol to prepare butyric acid is an important conversion process, but the preparation of low-temperature and efficient catalysts for butanol oxidation is currently a bottleneck problem. In this work, we prepared Pt-TiO2 catalysts with different Pt particle sizes using a simple one-step hydrothermal/solvothermal method. Transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction results showed that the average size of the Pt particles ranged from 1.1 nm to 8.7 nm. Among them, Pt-TiO2 with an average particle size of 3.6 nm exhibited the best catalytic performance for biobutanol. It was capable of almost completely converting butanol, even at room temperature (30 °C), with a 98.9% biobutanol conversion, 98.4% butyric acid selectivity, and a turnover frequency (TOF) of 36 h−1. Increasing the reaction temperature to 80 and 90 °C, the corresponding TOFs increased rapidly to 355 and 619 h−1. The relationship between the electronic structure of Pt and its oxidative performance suggests that the synergistic effect of the dual sites, Pt0 and Pt2+, could be the primary factor contributing to its elevated reactivity. Full article
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Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Thermal Transport of Carbon Nanotube Interfaces
by Shijun Zhou, Shan Qing, Xiaohui Zhang, Haoming Huang and Menglin Hou
Energies 2024, 17(6), 1506; https://doi.org/10.3390/en17061506 - 21 Mar 2024
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In this paper, non-equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations are used to study the interfacial heat exchange capacity of one-dimensional carbon nanotube nested structures. When the radius of the CNT substrate is increased from 1.356 to 2.712 nm, the ITC has a great enhancement from [...] Read more.
In this paper, non-equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations are used to study the interfacial heat exchange capacity of one-dimensional carbon nanotube nested structures. When the radius of the CNT substrate is increased from 1.356 to 2.712 nm, the ITC has a great enhancement from 1.340 to 2.949 nw/k. After this, we investigate the effects of overlap length, CNT length, and van der Waals interaction strength on the thermal resistance of the interface between carbon nanotubes. Firstly, we found that the nesting depth can significantly increase the ITC, and the increase in ITC is more obvious at an overlap length of 40 Å than at 30 Å. After this, the effect of length on the interfacial thermal conductivity is investigated, and the interfacial thermal conductivity is enhanced by 33.8% when the length is increased to 30 nm. Finally, the effect of van der Waals interaction strength was investigated, and the ITC increased from 1.60 nW/K to 2.71 nW/K when the scale factor was increased from 1 to 2. Full article
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An Updated Review of Recent Applications and Perspectives of Hydrogen Production from Biomass by Fermentation: A Comprehensive Analysis
by Dayana Nascimento Dari, Isabelly Silveira Freitas, Francisco Izaias da Silva Aires, Rafael Leandro Fernandes Melo, Kaiany Moreira dos Santos, Patrick da Silva Sousa, Paulo Gonçalves de Sousa Junior, Antônio Luthierre Gama Cavalcante, Francisco Simão Neto, Jessica Lopes da Silva, Érico Carlos de Castro, Valdilane Santos Alexandre, Ana M. da S. Lima, Juliana de França Serpa, Maria C. M. de Souza and José C. S. dos Santos
Biomass 2024, 4(1), 132-163; https://doi.org/10.3390/biomass4010007 - 1 Mar 2024
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Fermentation is an oxygen-free biological process that produces hydrogen, a clean, renewable energy source with the potential to power a low-carbon economy. Bibliometric analysis is crucial in academic research to evaluate scientific production, identify trends and contributors, and map the development of a [...] Read more.
Fermentation is an oxygen-free biological process that produces hydrogen, a clean, renewable energy source with the potential to power a low-carbon economy. Bibliometric analysis is crucial in academic research to evaluate scientific production, identify trends and contributors, and map the development of a field, providing valuable information to guide researchers and promote scientific innovation. This review provides an advanced bibliometric analysis and a future perspective on fermentation for hydrogen production. By searching WoS, we evaluated and refined 62,087 articles to 4493 articles. This allowed us to identify the most important journals, countries, institutions, and authors in the field. In addition, the ten most cited articles and the dominant research areas were identified. A keyword analysis revealed five research clusters that illustrate where research is progressing. The outlook indicates that a deeper understanding of microbiology and support from energy policy will drive the development of hydrogen from fermentation. Full article
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