Biochar from Biomass and Waste

Biochar from Biomass and Waste

Fundamentals and Applications

1st Edition - November 2, 2018

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  • Editors: Yong Ok, Daniel Tsang, Nanthi Bolan, Jeffrey Novak
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128117293
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128117309

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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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 462
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2018
  • Published: November 2, 2018
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128117293
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128117309

About the Editors

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

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

Daniel Tsang

Dr. Daniel C.W. Tsang is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Queensland in Australia. 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. Dan’s research strives to develop low-impact solutions to promote circular economy, sustainable waste management, and decarbonization strategies. Dan has published over 400 research papers in top 10% journals and currently serves as Associate Editor and Editorial Board Member in several prestigious journals. Dan has received the Excellence in Review Award at Green Chemistry and Environmental Science and Technology, etc. Dan is the Chair and Organizer of many international conferences including 5th Asia Pacific Biochar Conference (APBC2021).

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor and Programme Leader, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Hong Kong polytechnic University

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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