Bio-based Materials and Biotechnologies for Eco-efficient Construction

Bio-based Materials and Biotechnologies for Eco-efficient Construction

1st Edition - March 13, 2020

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  • Editors: Fernando Pacheco-Torgal, Volodymyr Ivanov, Daniel Tsang
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128223819
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128194812

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Bio-based Materials and Biotechnologies for Eco-efficient Construction fills a gap in the published literature, discussing bio-based materials and biotechnologies that are crucial for a more sustainable construction industry. With comprehensive coverage and contributions from leading experts in the field, the book includes sections on Bio-based materials and biotechnologies for infrastructure applications, Bio-based materials and biotechnologies for building energy efficiency, and other applications, such as using biotechnology to reduce indoor air pollution, for water treatment, and in soil decontamination. The book will be an essential reference resource for academic researchers, civil engineers, contractors working in construction works, postgraduate students and other professionals.

Key Features

  • Focuses on sustainability and green concepts in construction
  • Discusses recent trends on bio-based materials and biotechnologies for eco-efficient construction
  • Covers many important aspects, including infrastructure applications, energy efficiency for building construction, and air, water and soil related problems


Academic researchers, civil engineers, construction contractors, postgraduate students and other professionals interested in eco-efficient construction

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction to bio-based materials and biotechnologies for eco-efficient construction

    2. Sustainable carbohydrate-derived building materials
    3. Biobased Polymers for Mitigating Early- and Late-Age Cracking in Concrete
    4. Influence of two commercial superplasticizers and a biopolymer on the performance of waste based alkali-activated mortars
    5. Fire-retardant bioproducts for green buildings
    6. Properties of bio-asphalt derived from castor oil

    7. Building insulation materials based on agricultural wastes
    8. Bio-based insulation materials performance in an old building envelope system
    9. Tilia sp.’s pruning residues wood panels for thermal insulation
    10. Properties of clayey plasters with olive fibers
    11. Thermal insulation biomaterial base on Hydrangea macrophylla
    12. Bio-based phase change materials
    13. Building integrated photobioreactor

    14. Biotechnology for soil decontamination
    15. Botanical biofiltration for reducing indoor air pollution
    16. Cellulose-TiO2 composites for the removal of water pollutants
    17. Environmental safety of biotechnological materials and processes
    18. Biotechnology for immobilization of chemical, biological and radioactive pollutants on land and infrastructure demolition waste after industrial accident or terroristic attack

Product details

  • No. of pages: 428
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2020
  • Published: March 13, 2020
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128223819
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128194812

About the Editors

Fernando Pacheco-Torgal

Dr. F. Pacheco-Torgal is a principal investigator at the University of Minho, in Portugal. He currently holds the title of Counsellor from the Portuguese Engineers Association and has authored more than 300 publications, 147 in Scopus and 125 in Web of Science. He is a member of the editorial board for 9 international journals, 5 referenced on Web of Science and two on Scopus. He has acted as a foreign expert in the evaluation of 18 PhD thesis. In the last 10 years he has been a Member of the Scientific Committee for almost 60 conferences most of them in Asian countries. He is also a grant assessor for several scientific institutions in 13 countries, UK, US, Netherlands, China, France, Australia, Kazakhstan, Belgium, Spain, Czech Republic, Saudi Arabia, UA. Emirates, Poland and, the EU Commission. He has also been an invited reviewer for 125 international journals and has reviewed almost 1000 papers. He has been the lead editor of 22 books published by Woodhead Publishing, Elsevier, and Springer, 10 being on the Master Book List of Web of Science.

Affiliations and Expertise

Principal Investigator, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal

Volodymyr Ivanov

Dr. Volodymyr Ivanov has more than 40 years of teaching and research experience on Environmental, Industrial, and Construction Microbiology and Biotechnology in the universities of Europe, Asia, and USA. He has authored 200 papers, patents, book chapters and 8 monographs. His textbook “Environmental Microbiology for Engineers”, Francis & Taylor, 1st (2010) and 2nd (2015) editions, has been adopted for graduate and post-graduate courses in many universities. His research experience includes the supervision and participation in numerous projects on biotechnologies with biofilms and biogranules, microbial transformations of iron, biocementation, bioclogging, bioremediation of soil, and microbiological monitoring of water quality.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Daniel Tsang

Prof. Dan Tsang is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Visiting Professor at the University of Queensland in Australia and Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. He was a Visiting Scholar at Ghent University in Belgium and Stanford University in the U.S., Senior Lecturer at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, and Post-doctoral Fellow at Imperial College London in the U.K. and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Dan’s research group strives to develop low-carbon technologies to promote a circular economy, sustainable waste management, and long-term decarbonization. Dan has published more than 500 papers in top 10% journals and served as Associate Editor and Editorial Board Member in several prestigious journals. He was selected as a Highly Cited Researcher in 2021 in the academic fields of Engineering as well as Environment and Ecology. Dan also served as Chair and Organizer of many international conferences such as 5th Asia Pacific Biochar Conference (APBC2021).

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor and MSc Programme Leader, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China.

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