Advances in Lignocellulosic Biofuel Production Systems

Advances in Lignocellulosic Biofuel Production Systems

1st Edition - December 1, 2022

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  • Editors: Preshanthan Moodley, Ramesh Ray, EB Gueguim Kana
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323911924

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Advances in Lignocellulosic Biofuel Production Systems focuses on general topics such as novel pretreatment strategies, lignocellulosic biomass as a suitable feedstock for biofuels, lifecycle assessment and integrated biorefineries. Furthermore, the book focuses on more advanced topics such as genetically engineered feedstocks, metabolically engineered microbes, bioreactor design and configuration, cell immobilization strategies, artificial intelligence applications and nanotechnology. This book will guide readers through all aspects of lignocellulosic biofuel production rather than simply covering a single topic.

Key Features

  • Provides information on the most advanced and innovative technologies for biomass valorization, including the design and configuration of bioreactors
  • Identifies research gaps in the application of artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, cell immobilization, metabolic engineering, kinetic assessment and genetically engineered feedstocks for enhancing lignocellulosic bioprocessing and biofuel yield
  • Presents a global overview of the supply chain for biofuels production from lignocellulosic biomass
  • Includes techno-economic analysis, along with environmental and socioeconomic impact assessments of various technologies


PhD students, researchers, and industry practitioners working in the field of bioenergy and renewable energy. PhD students and researchers working in the fields of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology, and Microbiology

Table of Contents

  • Section I: Introduction
    1. Current status of biofuel production systems

    Section II: Feedstock & Processing
    2. Lignocellulosic biomass: a feedstock to support the circular economy
    3. Advances in pretreatment technologies for lignocellulosic biomass refineries
    4. Application of microwave energy in bioprocessing of lignocellulosic biomass
    5. Genetically engineered lignocellulosic feedstocks for enhanced yields
    6. Cellulosic-based enzymes for enhanced saccharification
    7. Lignocellulosic biomass as a treatment agent for acid mine drainage and the subsequent generation of fermentable sugars

    Section III: Recent Trends in Bioprocessing
    8. Metabolic Engineering of Microorganisms in Advancing Biofuel Production
    9. Kinetic assessment: insight into microbial factories
    10. Bioreactor design and configuration for enhanced biofuel processes
    11. Cell immobilization strategies to enhance yield of liquid biofuels

    Section IV: Advances in Modeling and Development
    12. Artificial intelligence as a tool for yield prediction
    13. Life Cycle Assessment for Sustainable Biofuel Production
    14. Integrated Biorefineries: The Path Forward
    15. Nanotechnology Applications in Biofuel Production

    Section V: Public Policy and Circular economy
    16. Impacts of public policies and stakeholders in the transition from the biofuel value chain to a circular bioeconomy

Product details

  • No. of pages: 422
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2023
  • Published: December 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323911924

About the Editors

Preshanthan Moodley

Preshanthan Moodley is a Post-doctoral Researcher in environmental engineering at The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in Durban, South Africa. He obtained his Ph.D from UKZN in 2018 and also had all five chapters from his thesis published in high impact international Elsevier journals including Bioresource Technology and Energy Conversion and Management. He has a strong background in biotechnology, microbiology, bioprocess engineering and chemical engineering. In his short career thus far, he has published over 10 researcher papers, review papers and book chapters related to lignocellulosic biofuel production with more than 150 citations.

Affiliations and Expertise

Post-doctoral Researcher, Environmental Engineering, The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Durban, South Africa

Ramesh Ray

Dr. Ramesh C. Ray is a former Principal Scientist (Microbiology) and Head of the ICAR- Central Tuber Crops Research Institute (Regional Centre), Bhubaneswar, India. He has 35 years of research experiences in agriculture and food microbiology, published 140 research and review papers in international journals, 63 books chapters, edited 14 books and authored 3 books and received more than 4400 citations. He has more than 40 research papers, book chapters and review articles concerning lactic fermentation of roots and tuber crops (please see the CV). He is a distinguished fellow of the prestigious National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi, India and 10 other scientific societies. Currently, he is Director of Centre for Food Biology & Environmental Studies, a non-government organization at Bhubaneswar, India.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, Centre for Food Biology and Environment Studies, Bhubaneswar, India

EB Gueguim Kana

Professor Gueguim Kana is a Senior Professor in Bioprocess Technology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. His research focuses on microbial process technology with interest in biorefinery of agricultural and industrial wastes for biofuels and bioproducts; application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in bioprocess development; bioreactor design and nanobiotechnology. He has attracted and trained various national and international postgraduate students in the field of bioprocess technology. Professor Kana has produced approximately 100 publications in national and international peer-review journals and book contributions. His current Google Scholar h-index is 31 and he has been cited more than 2400 times. He has received the award of a top published researcher of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Professor Gueguim Kana is also the recipient of the Distinguished Teacher Award of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Professor, Bioprocess Technology, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

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