New and Future Developments in Catalysis

Catalytic Biomass Conversion

Edited by

  • Steven Suib, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, Director, Institute of Materials Science, University of Connecticut, USA His expertise is in the field of solid state inorganic chemistry including studies of zeolites and microporous materials; physical chemistry; environmental chemistry including green syntheses, heterogeneous catalysis; plasma chemistry and catalysis; semiconductors; inorganic photochemistry; photocatalysis; batteries; ceramics. Preparation and characterization of these systems using structural, crystallographic, surface, electrochemical, luminescence, microscopic and EPR techniques.

New and Future Developments in Catalysis is a package of books that compile the latest ideas concerning alternate and renewable energy sources and the role that catalysis plays in converting new renewable feedstock into biofuels and biochemicals. Both homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts and catalytic processes will be discussed in a unified and comprehensive approach. There will be extensive cross-referencing within all volumes.

This volume covers all the biomass sources and gives detailed and in-depth coverage of all current chemical/catalytic conversion processes of biomass into liquid hydrocarbons to be further used as a feedstock for the production of not only biofuels but a large array of chemicals.
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Chemists, chemical engineers, and biochemical engineers working in academic and government research; academics, research students, post graduate and graduate students in these areas of study; materials scientists, environmental engineers, biochemists, petroleum engineers, post graduate and research students in these areas


Book information

  • Published: July 2013
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-53878-9


"Researchers in a number of biological sciences examine catalytic processes for turning biomass into fuel or other usable substance. The topics include metal catalysis for converting biomass into fine chemicals, synthetic biology for biomass conversion, hybrid plant systems for breeding and gene confinement in bioenergy crops, environmental benefits of integrated algal biorefineries for large-scale biomass conversion, and biofuels of the present and future."--Reference & Research Book News, December 2013

Table of Contents

1 - Metal Catalysts for the Conversion of Biomass to Chemicals (Pierre Gallezot)
2 - Current Catalytic Processes for Biomass Conversion (Hirokazu Kobayashi, Atsushi Fukuoka)
3 - Emerging Catalysis for 5-HMF Formation from Cellulosic Carbohydrates (Z. Conrad Zhang)
4 - Trends and Challenges in Catalytic Biomass Conversion (Christian Marup Osmundsen, Kresten Egeblad, Esben Taarning)
5 - Catalytic Processes of Lignocellulosic Feedstock Conversion for Production of Furfural, Levulinic Acid, and Formic Acid-Based Fuel Components (B. Kamm, M. Gerhardt, G. Dautzenberg)
6 - Synthetic Biology for Biomass Conversion (Christopher E. French, Damian K. Barnard, Eugene Fletcher, Steven D. Kane, Sahreena Saleem Lakhundi, Chao-Kuo Liu, Alistair Elfick)
7 - Hybrid Plant Systems for Breeding and Gene Confinement in Bioenergy Crops (Albert P. Kausch, Adam Deresienski, Joel Hague, Michael Tilelli, Stephen L. Dellaporta, Kimberly Nelson, Yi Li)
8 - An Introduction to Pyrolysis and Catalytic Pyrolysis: Versatile Techniques for Biomass Conversion (Li Li, Jack S. Rowbotham, H. Christopher Greenwell, Philip W. Dyer)
9 - Using Microwave Radiation and SrO as a Catalyst for the Complete Conversion of Oils, Cooked Oils, and Microalgae to Biodiesel (Miri Koberg, Aharon Gedanken)
10 - Environmental Benefits of Integrated Algal Biorefineries for Large-Scale Biomass Conversion (Bobban Subhadra)
11 - Heterogeneous Catalysts for Biomass Conversion (Lei Jin, Chung-hao Kuo, Steven L. Suib)
12 - Processing Issues in Biofuels Production (Richard S. Parnas, Michael Pomykala, Iman Noshadi)
13 - Economic Analysis of Bioenergy: An Integrated Multidisciplinary Approach (Fred V. Carstensen, Marcello Graziano, Natalia Vorotytseva, William E. Waite, Kathryn E. Parr)
14 - Biofuels of the Present and the Future (Arnold L. Demain, Marco A. Baez-Vasquez)
15 - Catalysts for Biomass Conversion (Subhash Bhatia, Siti Salwa Hashim)