Biochar from Biomass and Waste - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128117293, 9780128117309

Biochar from Biomass and Waste

1st Edition

Fundamentals and Applications

Editors: Yong Ok Daniel Tsang Nanthi Bolan Jeffrey Novak
Paperback ISBN: 9780128117293
eBook ISBN: 9780128117309
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 8th November 2018
Page Count: 462
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Biochar from Biomass and Waste: Fundamentals and Applications provides the fundamentals of biochar, such as its basic concepts, production technology and characterization methods, also including comprehensive examples for readers. This book includes information on state-of-art biochar application technologies in the fields of agriculture, energy and environmental sciences with step-by-step case studies. Biochar has received worldwide interests in the past decade because it encompasses high priority research areas, including bioenergy production, global warming mitigation and sustainable agriculture.

Key Features

  • Offers comprehensive coverage of biochar production, characterization and modification methods
  • Provides global case studies covering a wide range of application fields, including environmental, agricultural, syngas and bio-oil
  • Covers the sustainability and future of biochar


Students and professionals in soil science, environmental science and environmental and ecological engineering

Table of Contents

Section I: Production
1. Biochar, bio-oil and syngas
2. Biochar production technologies
3. Designer/Engineered biochar: Physical modification
4. Designer/Engineered biochar: Chemical modification

Section II: Characterization
5. Physical characterization
6. Chemical characterization
7. Surface characterization
8. Toxicity assessments

Section III: Application
9. Conventional applications of biochar
10. Emerging applications of biochar


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About the Editor

Yong Ok

Dr. Yong Sik Ok is Full Professor in Division of Environmental Science and Ecological Engineering, Korea University, Seoul, Korea, where he also serves as Director of Korea Biochar Research Center. Prof. Ok served a number of positions worldwide including Honorary Professor at University of Queensland, Australia, Adjunct Professor at University of Wuppertal, Germany and Guest Professor at Ghent University Global Campus, Ghent University, Belgium. Prof. Ok holds B.S. (1998), M.Sc. (2000) and Ph.D. (2003) from Division of Environmental Science and Ecological Engineering, Korea University in Seoul, Korea. Prof. Ok was Postdoctoral Fellow at Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta, Canada and held Visiting Professorships in Department of Renewable Resources (University of Alberta), in Faculty of Bioscience Engineering (Ghent University), in Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (Hong Kong Polytechnic University) and in Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (National University of Singapore). Prof. Ok's academic background covers waste management, bioavailability of emerging contaminants, and bioenergy and value-added products. Prof. Ok also has experience in fundamental soil science and remediation of various contaminants in soils and sediments. Prof. Ok has published over 550 research papers, 36 of which were ranked as ESI top papers (32 nominated as "Highly Cited Papers" and 4 nominated as "Hot Paper"). Prof. Ok maintains a worldwide professional network through his service as Co-Editor for Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, and Associate Editor for Environmental Pollution, and as Editorial Board of Chemosphere, Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis and several other international scientific journals. In addition, Prof. Ok has served as Guest Editor for many leading journals, such as Chemical Engineering Journal, Journal of Hazardous Materials, Bioresource Technology, Science of the Total Environment, Chemosphere, Plant and Soil, and Geoderma. Prof. Ok has served as chairman of many conferences globally, such as The 20th International Conference on Heavy Metals in the Environment (ICHMET 2020, Korea).

Affiliations and Expertise

Korea Biochar Research Center, O-Jeong Eco-Resilience Institute (OJERI) and Division of Environmental Science and Ecological Engineering, Korea University, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Daniel Tsang

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

Nanthi Bolan

Dr Nanthi Bolan completed his PhD in Soil Science and Plant Nutrition at the University of Western Australia, and is currently working as a Professor of Environmental Science at the University of Newcastle. His teaching and research interests include contaminant assessment and remediation, nutrient and carbon cycling, pollutants interactions in soils, greenhouse gas emission, soil remediation, and waste management. Nanthi is a Fellow of American Soil Science Society, American Society of Agronomy and New Zealand Soil Science Society, and was awarded the Communicator of the Year award by the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural Sciences. He has supervised more than 40 postgraduate students and was awarded the Massey University Research Medal for excellence in postgraduate students’ supervision. He has published more than 300 journal papers, and edited 4 books, and was awarded the M.L. Leamy Award in recognition of the most meritorious contribution to soil science.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Environmental Science, University of Newcastle

Jeffrey Novak

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