Biomass, Biofuels, Biochemicals

Biomass, Biofuels, Biochemicals

Recent Advances in Development of Platform Chemicals

1st Edition - October 23, 2019

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  • Editors: Saravanamurugan S., Hu Li, Anders Riisager, Ashok Pandey
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444643087
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780444643070

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Biomass, Biofuels, Biochemicals: Recent Advances in Development of Platform Chemicals provides a detailed overview on the experimentally developed methods that facilitate platform chemicals derivation from biomass-based substrates with robust catalyst systems. In addition, the book highlights the green chemistry approach towards platform chemical production. Chapters discuss platform chemicals and global market volumes, the optimization of process schemes and reaction parameters with respect to achieving a high yield of targeted platform chemicals, such as sugars and furonic compounds by modifying the respective catalytic system, the influence of solvents on reaction selectivity and product distribution, and the long-term stability of employed catalysts. Overall, the objectives of the book are to provide the reader with an understanding of the societal importance of platform chemicals, an assessment of the techno-economic viability of biomass valorization processes, catalyst design for a specific reaction, and the design of a catalytic system.

Key Features

  • Covers recent developments on platform chemicals
  • Provides comprehensive technological developments on specific platform chemicals
  • Covers organic transformations, catalytic synthesis, thermal stability, reaction parameters and solvent effect
  • Includes case studies on the production of a number of chemicals, such as Levulinic acid, glycerol, phenol derivatives, and more


Post graduate students and reaserchers working on biomass transformation in various academic and industrial sectors and catalysis. Chemists, chemical engineers and bioengineers

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction to bioplatform chemicals
    2. C6 sugar-glucose-derived from biopolymers
    3. Fructose- central platform molecule for producing downstream products
    4. Sorbitol-a C6 sugar alcohol
    5. 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) - a C6 precursor for fuels and chemicals
    6. Catalytic production of furfural for biofuels and chemicals
    7. Chemocatalytic pathways for high-efficiency production of 2,5-dimethylfuran
    8. Lactic acid production from biomass over chemo-catalytic strategies
    9. 2,5-Furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) - a potential precursor for bioplastics
    10. Levulinic acid - a keto acid with potential to biofuels and fine chemicals
    11. γ-Valerolactone (GVL)-an excellent solvent and a promising building block for the production of carbon-based chemicals, polymeric materials and liquid fuels
    12. Glycerol - a biodiesel coproduct with variable upgrading routes
    13. Phenol derivatives – lignin monomers for aromatic compounds and cycloalkane fuels
    14. EMF- an alternative to HMF
    15. Cellulose valorisation
    16. Sustainable production of biodiesel with heterogeneous acid catalysts
    17. Catalytic upgrading of glycerol, a promising biodiesel coproduct

Product details

  • No. of pages: 508
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2019
  • Published: October 23, 2019
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444643087
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780444643070

About the Editors

Saravanamurugan S.

Dr. S. Saravanamurugan is currently Scientist-E at Center of Innovative and Applied Bioprocessing (CIAB), Mohali, India. Formerly, he was working as Senior Researcher at Centre for Catalysis and Sustainable Chemistry, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Denmark since 2010. He moved to Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in South Korea as Research Scientist in 2005 after obtaining his Ph.D from Anna University, Chennai in the same year. He also worked as post-doctoral fellow at Inha University, South Korea between 2006 and 2007 before moving to Denmark in January 2008. He has more than sixteen years of research experience and his main research topics include synthesis and modification of zeolite and zeotype materials, biomass transformations and ionic liquids. He has 54 peer reviewed publications; two book chapter contributions, and eight patents filed/granted with more than 2000 citations (h Index 21). He has co-authored an article in the prestigious journal Science in 2010, related to conversion of sugars to lactic acid derivatives with Lewis acid containing zeolites. He is visiting professor of Guizhou University, China. He received a DST-DAAD Fellowship during his doctoral studies in 2004.

Affiliations and Expertise

Scientist, Center of Innovative and Applied Bioprocessing (CIAB), Mohali, Punjab, India

Hu Li

Hu Li is currently associate Professor at Center for R&D of Fine Chemicals, Guizhou University (GZU), China. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow with a research topic on biomass upgrading at Tohoku University (Japan) and Nanjing Agricultural University (China) under supervision of Prof. R. L. Smith and Prof. Z. Fang, respectively. His research focuses on the catalytic conversion of biomass into chemicals and biofuels with functional catalytic materials. Dr. Li has more than 60 peer-reviewed papers (H-index 16), 6 patents, 1 co-edited Springer book and 2 book chapters on biomass valorization. He is a guest editor of Current Organic Chemistry, and recently was award by the Fok Ying-Tong Education Foundation, Ministry of Education (2018).

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, State-Local Joint Laboratory for Comprehensive Utilization of Biomass, Center for R&D of Fine Chemicals, Guizhou University, Guiyang, Guizhou, China

Anders Riisager

Anders Riisager is Professor at the Department of Chemistry, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), where he is co-heading the Centre for Catalysis and Sustainable Chemistry. Furthermore, he is visiting Professor at Guizhou University (China) and adjunct Associate Professor at University of Alabama (USA). Before appointed to the current position, he has been Associate Professor at DTU and completed four years of Postdoctoral fellowship at RWTH-Aachen/University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany) under supervision of Prof. P. Wasserscheid. His major scientific focus is on the development of sustainable chemistry with catalysis and renewables as well as chemical technology with ionic liquids. He has authored 125 peer-reviewed scientific papers (H-index 38, >4,700 citations), 23 patents, 1 co-edited book and 9 book chapters including 1 chapter on catalytic biomass valorization. Several of the developed technologies are commercialized to industry and he is also co-founder of two companies dealing with biomass valorization technology. Prof. Riisager is recipient of several national and international awards and fellowships, including the Berzelius Prize from the Nordic Catalysis Society, Reinholdt W. Jorck and Hustrus Fond Research Prize, a prestigious Sapere Aude Starting Grant from the Danish Council for Independent Research and nominee for a Degussa European Science-to-Business Award. He serves as national representative in the EucheMS Division on Green and Sustainable Chemistry.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Centre for Catalysis and Sustainable Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark

Ashok Pandey

Ashok Pandey
Professor Ashok Pandey is currently Distinguished Scientist at the Centre for Innovation and Translational Research, CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow, India and Executive Director (Honorary) at the Centre for Energy and Environmental Sustainability – India. Formerly, he was Eminent Scientist at the Center of Innovative and Applied Bioprocessing, Mohali and Chief Scientist & Head of Biotechnology Division and Centre for Biofuels at CSIR’s National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Trivandrum. His major research and technological development interests are industrial & environmental biotechnology and energy biosciences, focusing on biomass to biofuels & chemicals, waste to wealth & energy, industrial enzymes, etc. Professor Pandey is Adjunct/Visiting Professor/Scientist in universities in France, Brazil, Canada, China, Korea, South Africa, and Switzerland and also in several universities several in India. He has ~1425 publications/communications, which include 16 patents, 90 books, >700 papers and book chapters, etc with h index of 105 and ~48,800 citations (Goggle scholar). He has transferred several technologies to industries and has done industrial consultancy for about a dozen projects for Indian/international industries. Professor Pandey is the recipient of many national and international awards and honours, which include Highest Cited Researcher (Top 1% in the world), Clarivate Analytics, Web of Science (2020, 2019 & 2018); Top scientist in Biotechnology (#1 in India and #8 in the world), Stanford University world ranking (2020); Fellow, World Society of Sustainable Energy Technologies (2020); Fellow, Indian Chemical Society (2020); Distinguished Scientist, VDGOOD Professional Association, India (2020); Distinguished Professor of Eminence with global impact in the area of Biotechnology, Precious Cornerstone University, Nigeria (2020); IconSWM Life-time Achievement Award 2019, International Society for Solid Waste Management, KIIT, Bhubaneshwar, India (2019); Yonsei Outstanding Scholar, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea (2019); Life-Time Achievement Award from the Biotech Research Society, India (2018); Life-Time Achievement Award from Venus International Research Awards (2018), Most Outstanding Researcher Award from Career360 (2018), Life-Time Achievement Award from the International Society for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (2017); Fellow, Royal Society of Biology, UK (2016); Felow, International Society for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (2016); Academician of European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Austria (2015); Fellow, National Academy of Sciences, India (2012); Fellow, Association of Microbiologists of India (2008); Honorary Doctorate degree from Univesite Blaise Pascal, France (2007); Fellow, International Organization of Biotechnology and Bioengineering (2007); Thomson Scientific India Citation Laureate Award, USA (2006); Fellow, the Biotech Research Society, India (2005); UNESCO Professor (2000); Raman Research Fellowship Award, CSIR (1995); GBF, Germany and CNRS, France Fellowships (1992) and Young Scientist Award (1989), etc. Professor Pandey is Founder President of the Biotech Research Society, India (; Founder & International Coordinator of International Forum on Industrial Bioprocesses, France (, Chairman of the International Society for Energy, Environment & Sustainability (, Editor-in-chief of Bioresource Technology (, Honorary Executive Advisor of Journal of Energy and Environmental Sustainability (, Journal of Systems Microbiology and Biomanufacturing (, Journal of Environmental Sciences and Engineering (, Subject Editor, Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, India ( and Associate Editor, Biologia – Section Cellular and Molecular Biology ( and editorial board member of several international and Indian journals.

Affiliations and Expertise

Distinguished Scientist, Centre for Innovation and Translational Research, CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow, India

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