Handbook of Biofuels Production

Handbook of Biofuels Production

Processes and Technologies

3rd Edition - November 25, 2022

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  • Editors: Rafael Luque, Carol Lin, Karen Wilson, Chenyu Du
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323911931

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Handbook of Biofuels Production: Processes and Technologies, Third Edition provides a comprehensive and systematic reference on a range of biomass conversion processes and technologies. In response to the global increase in the use of biofuels as substitute transportation fuels, advanced chemical, biochemical and thermochemical biofuels production routes are quickly being developed. Substantial additions for this new edition include increased coverage of emerging feedstocks, including microalgae, more emphasis on by-product valorization for biofuels’ production, additional chapters on emerging biofuel production methods, and co-production of biofuels and bioproducts. The book's editorial team is strengthened by the addition of an extra member, and a number of new contributors have been invited to work with authors from the first and second edition to revise existing chapters, with each offering fresh perspectives. This book is an essential reference for professional engineers in the biofuel industry as well as researchers in academia, from post-graduate level and up.

Key Features

  • Provides systematic and detailed coverage of the processes and technologies being used in the production of first, second and third generation biofuels
  • Evaluates the latest advanced chemical, biochemical and thermochemical technologies, processes and production routes
  • Takes an integrated biorefinery approach, guiding readers through the production of biofuels and their co-products in integrated biorefineries
  • Includes videos of industrial production facilities and equipment, showing how complex processes and reaction apparatus work in a lab and industry setting


Researchers and industry practitioners working in the field of bioenergy and renewable energy. Primarily organic chemists, microbiologists, and industrial chemists, chemical/energy engineers, biochemical engineers, and biotechnologists working in academic institutes, research institutes, industries. Graduate and PhD level students in Renewable Energy, Chemistry, Biotechnology, and Chemical Engineering. Consultants to Energy Agencies

Table of Contents

  • Part One: Key Issues and Assessment of Biofuels Production
    1. Introduction: An Overview of Biofuels and Production Technologies
    2. Multiple Objectives Policy for Biofuels Production: Environmental, Socio-Economic and Regulatory Issues
    3. Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment of Biofuels
    4. Biofuels: Technology, Economics, And Policy Issues
    5. Feedstocks and Challenges to Biofuel Development

    Part Two: Biofuels from Chemical and Biochemical Conversion Processes and Technologies
    6. Production of Biofuel Via Catalytic Upgrading and Refining of Sustainable Oleagineous Feedstocks
    7. Biotechnological Production of Biofuels
    8. Biodiesel Production from Microbial Oil Using Oleagineous Microorganisms
    9. Biochemical Production of Bioalcohols
    10. Production of Biogas Via Anaerobic Digestion
    11. Lignocellulose Biorefinery Advances the Liquid Biofuels Platform
    12. Chemical Routes for The Conversion Of Cellulosic Platform Molecules Into High-Energy-Density Biofuels

    Part Three: Biofuels from Thermal and Thermo-Chemical Conversion Processes And Technologies
    13. Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis for Improved Liquid Quality
    14. Production of Bio-Syngas and Biohydrogen Via Gasification
    15. Production of Biofuels Via Hydrothermal Conversion
    16. Production of Biofuels Via Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis: Biomass-To-Liquids

    Part Four: Integrated Production and Application of Biofuels
    17. Integrated Biorefinery Production of Biofuels and Coproduction Of High Value Products
    18. Microalgae for Biofuels: A Prospective Feedstock
    19. Utilisation of Biofuels in Diesel Engines
    20. Power to X Technologies & CO2 Utilisation

Product details

  • No. of pages: 612
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2022
  • Published: November 25, 2022
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323911931

About the Editors

Rafael Luque

Rafael Luque (PhD in 2005 from the Universidad de Córdoba, Spain) has significant experience in biomass and waste valorization practices to materials, fuels, and chemicals as well as nanoscale chemistry, green chemistry, and catalysis (600+ publications, >37,000 citations, 7 patents, 10 edited books). He is Editor-in-chief of Molecular Catalysis (Elsevier) and serves on the Advisory/Editorial Board of over 10 Q1 RSC, Wiley, ACS, and Elsevier journals. He has been named Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate Analytics in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021.

Affiliations and Expertise

Deputy Head, Departamento de Quimica Organica, Universidad de Cordoba, Spain

Carol Lin

Carol Lin received her BEng degree in Chemicals & Material Engineering from the University of Auckland, New Zealand and her Ph.D. from The University of Manchester, UK. Dr. Lin is currently Associate Professor at the School of Energy and Environment, City University of Hong Kong. She is internationally known for her work on bioconversion of agricultural, food and industrial residues for production of chemicals, materials and fuels through green and sustainable chemistry. Her current research interests include cultivation of anaerobic human gut microbial consortia in cellulose hydrogel-based immobilized bioreactors, waste and biomass valorisation. Dr. Lin leads a team of researchers with a current grant portfolio of over HK$18M and on-going collaborations with numerous companies. She has given numerous Keynote and Plenary speeches at major international conferences. In 2016 and 2018, her research team won the Gold Medal at the Geneva Invention Exhibition. In 2017, she received The President’s Awards, CityU.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, School of Energy and Environment, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Karen Wilson

Karen Wilson is Professor of Catalysis in the School of Science at RMIT University and was previously Chair of Catalysis and Research Director of the European Bioenergy Research Institute at Aston University (2013-17), where she also held a Royal Society Industry Fellowship in collaboration with Johnson Matthey. She holds a BA and PhD from the University of Cambridge, and MSc in heterogeneous catalysis from the University of Liverpool and has held academic positions at the University of York and Cardiff University. Her research interests lie in the design of tunable porous materials for sustainable biofuels and chemicals production from renewable resources. She is currently Associate Editor of the academic journals Sustainable Energy & Fuels, and Energy & Environmental Materials.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Catalysis, School of Science, RMIT University, Australia

Chenyu Du

Chenyu Du is a Reader in Chemical Engineering in the School of Applied Sciences at the University of Huddersfield. His BEng was awarded in Chemical Engineering from Tsinghua University, China. He completed his PhD in the department of Chemical Engineering in Tsinghua University. He held a Postdoctoral Research Associate position at the University of Manchester working on a platform chemical production from sustainable raw materials. Following this he joined a research and development company in London contributing to the development of the 2nd generation of biofuel. In 2010 he was appointed as lecturer in the University of Nottingham. He has been involved in research pertaining to the Lignocellosic Conversion to Ethanol programme. He was responsible for developing and directing a new MSc course on Sustainable Bioenergy. His research interests focus on bioenergy, fermentation, metabolic engineering, bioprocess development and simulation. He has generated research income over £17 million as PI or Co-I.

Affiliations and Expertise

Reader, Chemical Engineering, School of Applied Sciences, University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom

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