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Innovations in Thermochemical Technologies for Biofuel Processing - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780323855860

Innovations in Thermochemical Technologies for Biofuel Processing

1st Edition

Editors: Sonil Nanda Dai-Viet Vo
Paperback ISBN: 9780323855860
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 11th January 2022
Page Count: 412
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Innovations in Thermochemical Technologies for Biofuel Processing broadly covers current technologies in alternate fuels and chemical production, a few of which include biomass-to-liquid, biomass-to-gas and gas-to-liquid biomass conversion technologies. The topics in this book include elaborative discussions on biomass feedstocks, biomass-to-liquid technologies (liquefaction, pyrolysis and transesterification), biomass-to-gas technologies (gasification), gas-to-liquid technologies (syngas fermentation and Fischer-Tropsch synthesis), co-processing technologies, fuel upgrading technologies (hydrotreating and reforming), novel catalyst development for biorefining, biorefining process optimization, unit operations, reaction kinetics, artificial neural network, and much more.

The book comprehensively discusses the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of notable biofuels (e.g., bio-oil, biocrude oil, biodiesel, bioethanol, biobutanol, bio-jet fuels, biohydrogen, biomethane, synthesis gas, hydrocarbon fuels, etc.).

Key Features

  • Addresses solutions for clean fuel, energy security, waste management, waste valorization, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, carbon capture and sequestration, circular economy and climate change mitigation
  • Includes applications of thermochemical conversion and reforming technologies for waste biomass to biofuels
  • Covers current technologies in alternate fuels and chemicals production, a few of which include conversion technologies (i.e., liquefaction, gasification, pyrolysis, torrefaction, transesterification, organic transformation, carbon-carbon and carbon-heteroatom coupling reactions, oxidation, and reforming processes, etc.), hydrotreating technologies (i.e., hydrogenation, hydrodesulfurization, hydrodenitrogenation, hydrodearomatization and hydrodemetalization) and catalytic processes.


Graduate and postgraduate students, research scholars, academicians and industrial researchers working in interdisciplinary fields such as Chemical Engineering, Bioprocess Engineering, Bioresources, Fuel Processing, Unit Operations, Biofuels and Bioenergy, Green Technology, Waste Management, Energy Conversion, Green Catalysis, Enzyme Technology, Industrial Engineering, Fuel Cell Chemistry, and other related fields. A guide for governmental and non-governmental organizations (including municipalities, research institutes, etc.), policymakers, biofuel scientists, industrial researchers, biochemists, academicians and research scholars working in the areas relating to renewable energy, biofuels and biochemicals

Table of Contents

Section 1: Biomass Feedstocks: Classification, Characterization and Candidacy
1. Recent progress in the characterization of feedstocks and products for design and optimization of biomass thermochemical conversions
2. State-of-the-art approaches in biomass conversion to fuels and chemicals
3. Upcycling biomass resources into fuels and chemicals to support sustainability

Section 2: Biomass-to-Liquid, Biomass-to-Gas and Gas-to-Liquid Technologies
4. Production of solid fuel and bio-oil for energy application via slow, fast and intermediate pyrolysis processes
5. Progress in biomass fast pyrolysis technique: Outlook of modern experimental and theoretical approaches
6. Biofuel production with integrated pyrolysis and catalytic upgrading system
7. Thermochemical valorization of oil palm biomass to value-added products: A biorefinery concept
8. Progress of biomass air gasification to produce energy-dense synthesis gas
9. Hydrothermal gasification of biomass and organic wastes for hydrogen production: Advances, Challenges and Prospects

Section 3: Reforming and Fuel Upgrading Technologies
10. Clean and sustainable biofuels through syngas fermentation: Challenges and opportunities
11. Hydrogen and carbon co-generation from catalytic methane decomposition: Current progress and future trends
12. Artificial neural network modeling method for forecasting syngas generation from reforming processes
13. Carbon-based catalyst in the production of biodiesel: A review
14. Upgrading bio-hydrogenated diesel from palm-fatty acid with self-reliable hydrogen synthesis


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About the Editors

Sonil Nanda

Dr. Sonil Nanda is a Research Associate in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. He received his Ph.D. degree in Biology from York University, Canada; M.Sc. degree in Applied Microbiology from Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT University), India; and B.Sc. degree in Microbiology from Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, India. Dr. Nanda’s research areas are related to the production of advanced biofuels and biochemicals through thermochemical and biochemical conversion technologies such as gasification, pyrolysis, carbonization and fermentation. He has gained expertise in hydrothermal gasification of a wide variety of organic wastes and biomass including agricultural and forestry residues, industrial effluents, municipal solid wastes, cattle manure, sewage sludge and food wastes to produce hydrogen fuel. His parallel interests are also in the generation of hydrothermal flames for the treatment of hazardous wastes, agronomic applications of biochar, phytoremediation of heavy metal contaminated soils, as well as carbon capture and sequestration. Dr. Nanda has published over 80 peer-reviewed journal articles, 30 book chapters and has presented at many international conferences. Dr. Nanda serves as a Fellow Member of the Society for Applied Biotechnology in India, as well as a Life Member of the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers; Association of Microbiologists of India; Indian Science Congress Association; and the Biotech Research Society of India. He is also an active member of several chemical engineering societies across North America such as the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Chemical Institute of Canada, and the Combustion Institute-Canadian Section. Dr. Nanda is an Assistant Subject Editor for the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (Elsevier). He has also edited several Special Issues in renowned journals such as the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (Elsevier), Chemical Engineering Science (Elsevier) Waste and Biomass Valorization (Springer), Topics in Catalysis (Springer), SN Applied Sciences (Springer), Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery (Springer), and Chemical Engineering & Technology (Wiley).

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Associate, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Dai-Viet Vo

Dr. Dai-Viet N. Vo is currently the Director of the Center of Excellence for Green Energy and Environmental Nanomaterials at Nguyen Tat Thanh University in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He received his Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia in 2011. He has worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of New South Wales in Sydney and Texas A&M University at Qatar, Doha. Formerly, he was a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Chemical & Natural Resources Engineering in the Universiti Malaysia Pahang in Kuantan, Malaysia (2013-2019). His research areas are in the production of green synthetic fuels via Fischer-Tropsch synthesis using biomass-derived syngas from various reforming processes. He is also an expert in advanced material synthesis and catalyst characterization. During his early career, he has worked as the principal investigator and co-investigator for 21 different funded research projects related to sustainable and alternative energy. He has published 6 books, 15 book chapters, more than 110 peer-reviewed journal articles and 80 conference proceedings. He has served in the technical and publication committees of numerous international conferences in chemical engineering, catalysis and renewable energy. Dr. Vo is an Assistant Subject Editor for the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (Elsevier) and a Guest Editor for several Special Issues in high-impact factor journals such as the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (Elsevier), Comptes Rendus Chimie (Elsevier), Chemical Engineering Science (Elsevier), Waste and Biomass Valorization (Springer), Topics in Catalysis (Springer), Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery (Springer), Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology (Wiley) and Chemical Engineering & Technology (Wiley). He is also an Editorial Board Member of many international journals including PLOS One, SN Applied Sciences (Springer) and Scientific Reports (Springer Nature).

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, Center of Excellence for Green Energy and Environmental Nanomaterials, Nguyen Tat Thanh University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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