Handbook of Biofuels Production

Handbook of Biofuels Production

Processes and Technologies

1st Edition - November 25, 2010

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  • Editors: Rafael Luque, James Clark
  • eBook ISBN: 9780857090492

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In response to the global increase in the use of biofuels as substitute transportation fuels, advanced chemical, biochemical and thermochemical biofuels production routes are fast being developed.Research and development in this field is aimed at improving the quality and environmental impact of biofuels production, as well as the overall efficiency and output of biofuels production plants. The range of biofuels has also increased to supplement bioethanol and biodiesel production, with market developments leading to the increased production and utilisation of such biofuels as biosyngas, biohydrogen and biobutanol, among others.Handbook of biofuels production provides a comprehensive and systematic reference on the range of biomass conversion processes and technology. Part one reviews the key issues in the biofuels production chain, including feedstocks, sustainability assessment and policy development.Part two reviews chemical and biochemical conversion and in turn Part three reviews thermal and thermo-chemical conversion, with both sections detailing the wide range of processes and technologies applicable to the production of first, second and third generation biofuels. Finally, Part four reviews developments in the integration of biofuels production, including biorefineries and by-product valorisation, as well as the utilisation of biofuels in diesel engines.With its distinguished international team of contributors, Handbook of biofuels production is a standard reference for biofuels production engineers, industrial chemists and biochemists, plant scientists, academics and researchers in this area.

Key Features

  • A comprehensive and systematic reference on the range of biomass conversion processes and technologies
  • Addresses the key issues in the biofuels production chain, including feedstocks, sustainability assessment and policy development
  • Reviews chemical and bio-chemical conversion techniques as well as thermal and thermo-chemical conversion, detailing the range of processes and technologies applicable to biofuels production


Biofuels production engineers, industrial chemists and biochemists, plant scientists, academics, and researchers in this area

Table of Contents

  • Part 1 Key issues of biofuels production: Introduction and overview; Multiple objectives policy: Life cycle sustainability assessment; Vegetable-based feedstocks. Part 2 Chemical and biochemical conversion: Chemical catalytic conversion; Biochemical catalytic production of biodiesel; Glycerol-free and alternative biodiesels; Biodiesel from microbial oil; Bioethanol production; Biobutanol production; Other bioalcohols; Biogas via anaerobic digestion; Hydrogen. Part 3 Thermal and thermo-chemical conversion: Bio-oils via catalytic pyrolysis; Fluid catalytic cracking; Bio-syngas and biohydrogen via gasification; Bioalcohols via gasification; Hydrothermal conversion; Fischer-Tropsch synthesis; Biomass reforming. Part 4 Integrated production and application of biofuels: Biorefineries; Valorisation of by-products; Utilisation in diesel engines.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 688
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2010
  • Published: November 25, 2010
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9780857090492

About the Editors

Rafael Luque

Rafael Luque is Deputy Head of Department from Departamento de Quimica Organica at Universidad de Cordoba, Spain and Head of the Nanoscale Chemistry & Biomass/Waste Valorization group, an internationally consolidated group with current total funding of ca. 3 million. Prof. Luque is a 2018 and 2019 Highly Cited Researcher, ranked within the top 30 scientists from all disciplines in Spain. He is Director of the Center for Molecular Design and Synthesis of Innovative Compounds for Medicine at RUDN University in Moscow, Russia, Chair Professor in Green Chemistry at Xi´an Jiaotong University, China and DFSP Distinguished Scientist at King Saud University, Saudi Arabia. He has received a long list of awards from around the world including the Marie Curie Prize, the Green Talents award, the top 10 young entrepreneurs in Spain award, the RSC Environment, Sustainability and Energy Early Career Award, the Lu Jiaxi lectureship from Xiamen University, China and the ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering Lectureship award.

Affiliations and Expertise

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

James Clark

Prof James Clark is a founding director of the world-leading Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence at the University of York, UK.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of York, UK

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