Bio-based Materials and Biotechnologies for Eco-efficient Construction - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128194812

Bio-based Materials and Biotechnologies for Eco-efficient Construction

1st Edition

Editors: Fernando Pacheco-Torgal Volodymyr Ivanov Daniel Tsang
Paperback ISBN: 9780128194812
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 2nd March 2020
Page Count: 630
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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


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


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About the Editors

Fernando Pacheco-Torgal Editor

F.Pacheco Torgal is a Principal Investigator at C-TAC Research Centre, University of Minho. He holds the Counsellor title of the Portuguese Engineers Association. Authored almost 350 publications some that were cited by Highly Cited authors (SCI h-index>60) and in high impact factor journals like Nature Reviews Mat. (IF=52), Nature Energy (IF=47), Progress in Mater. Science (I.F=24), Physics Reports (IF=20) and Nature Climate Change (I.F=19). Citations received in ISI WoS journals-2819 (h-index=29), citations received in Scopus journals- 3580 (h-index=31). Citations prediction for the year 2029 (around 5.500 citations on WoS, 7.500 on Scopus (already has 7000 MR, h=45) and 16.000 citations on scholar google). Member of the editorial board of 9 international journals, 4 referenced on the Web of Science and three referenced on Scopus. Grant assessor for several scientific institutions in 14 countries, UK, US, Netherlands, China, France, Australia, Croatia, Kazakhstan, Belgium, Spain, Czech Republic, Saudi Arabia, UA.Emirates, Poland and also the EU Commission. Invited reviewer for 133 international journals for which he reviewed so far almost 900 papers. Lead Editor of 19 international books (9 being on the Master Book List of Web of Science).

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Researcher, C-TAC Research Centre, University of Minho, Portugal

Volodymyr Ivanov Editor

Volodymyr Ivanov is a professor at the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and his research interests include nanobiotechnology and microbiotechnology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Daniel Tsang Editor

Daniel C.W. Tsang is currently an Associate Professor and Programme Leader in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Hong Kong polytechnic University. He was an IMETE Visiting Scholar at Ghent University in Belgium, Visiting Scholar at Stanford University in the US, Senior Lecturer and lecturer at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, and Post-doctoral Fellow at Imperial College London in the UK and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. With a strong link to real-world environmental challenges, Dan’s research group strives to develop cost-effective and low-impact solutions to ensure sustainable urban development, enhance the engineering infrastructure, and create new ways in which we manage waste biomass, contaminated soils/sediments, and urban waters. Dan has published over 180 SCI journal papers and 9 book chapters. He has received Excellence in Review Award for Environmental Science and Technology and Chemosphere. Dan has served as Guest Editor for Bioresource Technology, Chemosphere, Science of the Total Environment, Journal of Cleaner Production, Journal of Hazardous Materials, etc. He currently serves as Editorial Board Member of Chemosphere, Associate Editor of Journal of Soils and Sediments and Environmental Geochemistry and Health. Dan is chair and organizer of 2nd Biological Waste as Resource Conference (BWR2017, Hong Kong) and 4th Contaminated Land, Ecological Assessment and Remediation Conference (CLEAR2018, Hong Kong).

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor and Program Leader, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China