Renewable Carbon

Renewable Carbon

Science, Technology and Sustainability

1st Edition - July 1, 2022

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  • Author: Silvio Vaz Jr.
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323997355
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323997362

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Renewable Carbon: Science, Technology and Sustainability identifies production pathways and technologies for the production of chemicals and presents relevant information to bridge the gap between reaction engineering and process design. The book uses a multidisciplinary approach, focusing on important aspects of basic science, technological advantages (and hurdles), and key sustainability aspects. It incorporates organic, inorganic and biochemical synthesis and analyzes the myriad of technologies available, including nanotechnology, biotechnology and thermochemistry. Sections cover the synthesis of carbon derivatives through multiple pathways (Science), technologies available for its generation (Technology), and assess sustainability and new supply chains (Sustainability). This book will serve as a valuable reference for academics, research scientists and industry practitioners in green chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science and environmental engineering.

Key Features

  • Includes a review of sustainable feedstocks containing renewable carbon such as biomass, CO2 and recycling materials
  • Provides a compendium of technologies to explore renewable carbon sources
  • Compiles the most up-to-date information on renewable products and materials utilized in industry


Researchers in industrial and academic sectors; graduate students and professors; Professional chemists, chemical engineers, material engineers, environmental engineers

Table of Contents

  • Cover image
  • Title page
  • Table of Contents
  • Copyright
  • Part 1: Science
  • Chapter 1: Introduction to renewable carbon—Concept and properties
  • Abstract
  • 1.1: Introduction
  • 1.2: The renewable carbon concept in modern society
  • 1.3: Introduction to carbonaceous raw materials for industrial purposes
  • 1.4: Physicochemical properties of relevant carbonaceous materials
  • 1.5: Relation between renewable carbon and green chemistry
  • 1.6: Conclusions
  • References
  • Chapter 2: Organic synthesis for carbon derivatives
  • Abstract
  • 2.1: Introduction to organic synthesis applied to renewable carbon products
  • 2.2: Organic processes for the synthesis of renewable carbon products
  • 2.3: Industrial carbon-based organic chemicals: A case study
  • 2.4: Industrial carbon-based organic materials: A case study
  • 2.5: Conclusions
  • References
  • Chapter 3: Inorganic and thermochemical syntheses for carbon derivatives
  • Abstract
  • 3.1: Introduction to inorganic and thermochemical syntheses applied to renewable carbon products
  • 3.2: Inorganic and thermal processes for the synthesis of renewable carbon products
  • 3.3: Industrial carbon-based inorganic chemicals: A case study
  • 3.4: Industrial carbon-based materials: A case study
  • 3.5: Conclusions
  • References
  • Chapter 4: Biochemical synthesis for carbon derivatives
  • Abstract
  • 4.1: Introduction to biochemical synthesis applied to renewable carbon products
  • 4.2: Biochemical processes for the synthesis of renewable carbon products
  • 4.3: Industrial carbon-based biochemical: A case study
  • 4.4: Conclusions
  • References
  • Chapter 5: Conclusions and remarks of the scientific aspects for renewable carbon
  • Abstract
  • 5.1: Remarks
  • 5.2: Conclusions
  • References
  • Part 2: Technology
  • Chapter 6: Introduction to technological approaches for renewable carbon
  • Abstract
  • 6.1: Main industrial sources of renewable carbon
  • 6.2: Main technologies for renewable carbon conversion and their challenges
  • 6.3: Technology readiness level assessment
  • 6.4: Advantages and disadvantages of renewable carbon feedstock
  • 6.5: Conclusions
  • References
  • Chapter 7: Carbon capture and use strategies for carbon dioxide
  • Abstract
  • 7.1: Introduction to carbon capture and use strategies
  • 7.2: Adsorption technologies
  • 7.3: Absorption technologies
  • 7.4: Membrane separation technologies
  • 7.5: Chemical capture technologies
  • 7.6: Analytical technologies for CO2 monitoring
  • 7.7: Case study: The TRL assessment for CCU technologies for energetic sources
  • 7.8: Conclusions
  • References
  • Chapter 8: Applied nanotechnology for carbon dioxide, biomass, and recycling materials
  • Abstract
  • 8.1: Introduction to nanoscience and nanotechnology
  • 8.2: Nanotechnology applied to CO2: A case study
  • 8.3: Nanotechnology applied to biomass derivatives: A case study
  • 8.4: Nanotechnology applied to recycling materials: A case study
  • 8.5: Conclusions
  • References
  • Chapter 9: Applied biotechnology for biomass
  • Abstract
  • 9.1: Introduction to industrial biotechnology
  • 9.2: Biotechnology applied to agroindustrial waste: A case study
  • 9.3: Conclusions
  • References
  • Chapter 10: Applied thermochemistry for biomass and recycling materials
  • Abstract
  • 10.1: Introduction to industrial thermochemistry
  • 10.2: Thermochemistry applied to agroindustrial biomass residues: A case study
  • 10.3: Thermochemistry applied to recycling materials: A case study
  • 10.4: Conclusions
  • References
  • Chapter 11: Catalysis for carbon dioxide and biomass
  • Abstract
  • 11.1: Introduction to industrial catalysis
  • 11.2: Homogeneous catalysis applied to agroindustrial biomass: A case study
  • 11.3: Homogeneous catalysis applied to CO2: A case study
  • 11.4: Heterogeneous catalysis applied to agroindustrial biomass: A case study
  • 11.5: Heterogeneous catalysis applied to CO2: A case study
  • 11.6: Conclusions
  • References
  • Chapter 12: Remarks and conclusions of the technological aspects for renewable carbon
  • Abstract
  • 12.1: Remarks
  • 12.2: Conclusions
  • References
  • Part 3: Sustainability
  • Chapter 13: Introduction to the sustainability concept applied to renewable carbon
  • Abstract
  • 13.1: The sustainability concept and its components
  • 13.2: Circular economy approach for renewable carbon
  • 13.3: Green chemistry approach for renewable carbon usages
  • 13.4: Anthropogenic and biogenic carbons and their influence on the climate change
  • 13.5: The footprint carbon for products and processes
  • 13.6: The carbon market
  • 13.7: Conclusions
  • References
  • Chapter 14: Metrics and measurements
  • Abstract
  • 14.1: The lifecycle assessment
  • 14.2: Environmental impact calculation for products and processes
  • 14.3: LCA for biofuels: A case study
  • 14.4: Conclusions
  • References
  • Chapter 15: Alternative sources to petrochemicals: New value chains
  • Abstract
  • 15.1: Introduction to the petrochemical value chains
  • 15.2: Alternative feedstocks for chemicals and materials
  • 15.3: Strategy to create sustainable value chains based on renewable carbon
  • 15.4: Renewable building blocks: A case study
  • 15.5: Conclusions
  • References
  • Chapter 16: Strategies for industrial ecology
  • Abstract
  • 16.1: Introduction to industrial ecology
  • 16.2: Ecofriendly approaches for renewable carbon
  • 16.3: Industrial ecology in chemical industry: A case study
  • 16.4: Conclusions
  • References
  • Chapter 17: Remarks and conclusions of the sustainability aspects for renewable carbon
  • Abstract
  • 17.1: Remarks
  • 17.2: Conclusions
  • References
  • Further reading
  • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 230
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2022
  • Published: July 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323997355
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323997362

About the Author

Silvio Vaz Jr.

Dr. Sílvio Vaz Jr. hold a B.Sc. degree in Chemistry (with technological assignments) from the Federal University of Uberlândia, a M.Sc. degree in Physical-Chemistry from the University of São Paulo, and a D.Sc. degree in Analytical Chemistry from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, with equivalence of doctorate degrees from the University of Coimbra, Portugal, and from the University of Granada, Spain. Having previously served as director and partner at two private environmental analysis laboratories, he is currently a research scientist at the National Research Center for Agroenergy of the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa), where his work focuses on the development of renewable molecules (e.g., eco-friendly lignin products), environmental chemistry (e.g., CO2 capture and use), agricultural chemistry (e.g., controlled release nanoformulations), and the application of analytical chemistry to biomass and bioenergy, according green and sustainable chemistry visions. He was appointed as the chairman of the Brazilian Division of the American Chemical Society (2018-2019). Moreover, he serves as professor of the graduate program in environmental engineering at the Federal University of Ouro Preto, Brazil, and graduate program in biofuels at the Federal University of Uberlândia, Brazil.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research scientist at Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, Brazil

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