Biorefinery in the Pulp and Paper Industry

Biorefinery in the Pulp and Paper Industry

1st Edition - February 3, 2013

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  • Author: Pratima Bajpai
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124095304

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The traditional pulp and paper producers are facing new competitors in tropical and subtropical regions who use the latest and largest installed technologies, and also have wood and labor cost advantages. Due to the increasing global competition, the forest products prices will continue to decrease. To remain viable, the traditional producers need to increase revenue by producing bioenergy and biomaterials in addition to wood, pulp, and paper products. In this so-called Integrated Products Biorefinery, all product lines are highly integrated and energy efficient. Integrated Products Biorefineries present the forest products industry with a unique opportunity to increase revenues and improve environmental sustainability. Integrated Products Biorefinery technologies will allow industry to manufacture high-value chemicals, fuels, and/or electric power while continuing to produce traditional wood, pulp, and paper products. The industry already controls much of the raw material and infrastructure necessary to create Integrated Products Biorefineries, and Agenda 2020 partnerships are speeding development of the key enabling technologies. Once fully developed and commercialized, these technologies will produce enormous energy and environmental benefits for the industry and the nation. Biorefinery in the Pulp and Paper Industry presents the biorefining concept, the opportunities for the pulp and paper industry, and describes and discusses emerging biorefinery process options. This book also highlights the environmental impact and the complex and ambiguous decision-making challenges that mills will face when considering implementing the biorefinery.

Key Features

  • Provides up-to-date and authoritative information, citing pertinent research, on this timely and important topic
  • Covers in great depth the biorefining concept, opportunities for the pulp and paper industry, and emerging biorefinery process options
  • Highlights the environmental impact and the complex and ambiguous decision-making challenges that mills will face when considering implementing the biorefinery


Academic and industrial researchers

Table of Contents

    • Preface
    • Abbreviations
    • Chapter 1. Biorefinery Concept
      • 1.1 Biochemical Platform
      • 1.2 Thermochemical Platform
      • References
    • Chapter 2. Biorefinery Opportunities in the Pulp and Paper Industry
      • 2.1 Biorefinery Opportunities
      • References
    • Chapter 3. Emerging Biorefinery Process Options
      • 3.1 Preextraction of Hemicellulose
      • 3.2 Preextraction of Antioxidants
      • 3.3 Black Liquor Gasification
      • 3.4 Removal of Lignin from Black Liquor
      • 3.5 Other Products
      • References
    • Chapter 4. Products from Hemicelluloses
      • 4.1 Ethanol
      • 4.2 Furfural
      • 4.3 Xylitol
      • 4.4 2,3-Butanediol
      • 4.5 Organic Acids
      • 4.6 Butanol
      • 4.7 Biohydrogen
      • 4.8 Chitosan
      • 4.9 Xylo-Oligosaccharides
      • 4.10 Ferulic Acid
      • 4.11 Vanillin
      • 4.12 Fermentation Substrate for Production of Enzymes
      • 4.13 Production of Other Value-Added Products
      • References
    • Chapter 5. Environmental Impacts and Future Prospects
      • 5.1 Looking into the Future
      • References

Product details

  • No. of pages: 114
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2013
  • Published: February 3, 2013
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124095304

About the Author

Pratima Bajpai

Dr. Pratima Bajpai is currently working as a Consultant in the field of Paper and Pulp. She has over 36 years of experience in research at the National Sugar Institute, University of Saskatchewan, the Universitiy of Western Ontario, in Canada, in addition to the Thapar Research and Industrial Development Centre, in India. She also worked as a visiting professor at the University of Waterloo, Canada and as a visiting researcher at Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. She has been named among the World’s Top 2% Scientists by Stanford University in the list published in October 2022. This is the third consecutive year that she has made it into the prestigious list. Dr. Bajpai’s main areas of expertise are industrial biotechnology, pulp and paper, and environmental biotechnology. She has contributed immensely to the field of industrial biotechnology and is a recognized expert in the field. Dr. Bajpai has written several advanced level technical books on environmental and biotechnological aspects of pulp and paper which have been published by leading publishers in the USA and Europe. She has also contributed chapters to a number of books and encyclopedia, obtained 11 patents, written several technical reports, and has implemented several processes in Indian Paper mills. Dr. Bajpai is an active member of the American Society of Microbiologists and is a reviewer of many international research journals.

Affiliations and Expertise

Consultant-Pulp and Paper, Kanpur, India

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