The Role of Catalysis for the Sustainable Production of Bio-fuels and Bio-chemicals

Edited by

  • Kostas Triantafyllidis, Department of Chemistry, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Angelos Lappas, Chemical Process Engineering Research Institute, Centre for Research and Technology-Hellas, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Michael Stöcker, SINTEF Materials and Chemistry, Oslo, Norway

The Role of Catalysis for the Sustainable Production of Bio-fuels and Bio-chemicals describes the importance of catalysis for the sustainable production of biofuels and biochemicals, focused primarily on the state-of-the-art catalysts and catalytic processes expected to play a decisive role in the "green" production of fuels and chemicals from biomass. In addition, the book includes general elements regarding the entire chain of biomass production, conversion, environment, economy, and life-cycle assessment.

Very few books are available on catalysis in production schemes using biomass or its primary conversion products, such as bio-oil and lignin. This book fills that gap with detailed discussions of:

  • Catalytic pyrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass
  • Hybrid biogasoline by co-processing in FCC units
  • Fischer-Tropsch synthesis to biofuels (biomass-to-liquid process)
  • Steam reforming of bio-oils to hydrogen

With energy prices rapidly rising, environmental concerns growing, and regulatory apparatus evolving, this book is a resource with tutorial, research, and technological value for chemists, chemical engineers, policymakers, and students.

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Chemists and Chemical Engineers, Biochemical Engineers, academics, research students, post graduate and graduate students and industrial researchers in these areas of study. Environmental Engineers, Biochemists, Petroleum Engineers, post graduate and research students in these areas. And government officials and advisors, policy makers


Book information

  • Published: March 2013
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-56330-9


"In this reference for academic and industrial researchers, editors Triantafyllidis, Lappas, and Stöcker explore the applications of catalysis to ‘green chemistry’ processes for the production of sustainable biofuels and bio-chemicals."--Reference & Research Book News, October 2013

Table of Contents

1. A general introduction to Biomass utilization possibilities (Paul O'Connor)
2. Biomass Composition and its Relevance to Biorefining (Daniel J.M. Hayes)
3. Catalytic upgrading of fats and vegetable oils for the production of fuels (Victor Teixeira da Silva, Leandro A. Sousa)
4. Heterogeneous catalysis for biodiesel production (Simona M. Coman, Vasile I. Parvulescu)
5. Catalytic pyrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass (Atte Aho, Tapio Salmi, Dmitry Yu. Murzin)
6. Pathways and Mechanisms of biomass fast pyrolysis. Impact on catalyst research (M.M. Ramirez-Corredores)
7. The role of catalytic pretreatment in biomass valorization towards fuels and chemicals (Christos K. Nitsos, Chrysa M. Mihailof, Konstantinos A. Matis, Angelos A. Lappas, Kostas S. Triantafyllidis)
8. Role of acid catalysis in the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to fuels and chemicals (Elif Gurbuz, Jesse Q. Bond, James A. Dumesic, Yuriy Roman-Leshkov)
9. Catalytic depolymerisation and deoxygenation of lignin (Chen Zhao, Johannes A. Lercher)
10. Tomorrow's biofuels: hybrid biogasoline by co-processing in FCC units (Yves Schuurman, Gabriella Fogassy, Claude Mirodatos)
11. Catalytic hydrotreament of bio-oils for high quality fuel production (Rune Lodeng, Lenka Hannevold, Hakon Bergem, Michael Stocker)
12. Fischer-Tropsch synthesis to biofuels (BtL process) (Reinhard Rauch, Alain Kiennemann, Anca Sauciuc)
13. Integrating White Biotechnology in lignocellulosic biomass transformations: From enzyme-catalysis to metabolic engineering (Fabrizio Sibilla, Pablo Domi­nguez de Maria)
14. Steam reforming of bio-oils to hydrogen (A.A. Lemonidou, P. Kechagiopoulos, E. Heracleous, S. Voutetakis)
15. Photocatalytic production of renewable hydrogen (Dimitris I. Kondarides, Xenophon E. Verykios)
16. Catalytic transformation of CO2 to fuels and chemicals, with reference to biorefineries (Gabriele Centi, Siglinda Perathoner)
17. The role of heterogeneous catalysis in the Biorefinery of the future (Juan Carlos Serrano-Ruiz, Rafael Luque, James H. Clark)