Sustainable Biorefining of Woody Biomass to Biofuels and Biochemicals

Sustainable Biorefining of Woody Biomass to Biofuels and Biochemicals

1st Edition - November 1, 2022

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  • Editors: Deepak Kumar, Sachin Kumar, Karthik Rajendran
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323911870

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Sustainable Biorefining of Woody Biomass to Biofuels and Biochemicals explores various technologies and pathways for the valorization of woody biomass to produce sustainable biofuels and bioproducts. Focusing on commercialization, the book discusses woody biomass availability, including harvesting, transportation and storage, biomass structure, advanced biorefinery technologies, and the economic and environmental sustainability of woody biomass-based biorefineries. Various technologies are described and assessed from a commercial perspective and practical solutions to the latest challenges are provided. The last section of the book is dedicated to the commercialization aspects of biorefineries, providing details about the techno-economic viability and environmental impact of various biorefinery approaches. This book provides readers with a unique and comprehensive reference that will help students and researchers alike identify and overcome the challenges involved in woody-biomass biorefining for biofuels and biochemicals. It will also be of interest to researchers and professionals involved more broadly in bioenergy and renewable energy, and interdisciplinary teams working across biotechnology, chemistry and chemical engineering, environmental science, and plant sciences.

Key Features

  • Presents the fundamental theory and technological details behind woody biomass fractionation in biorefineries, its structure and challenges in its valorization
  • Focuses on the commercialization aspects of biofuels from woody biomass-based biorefineries
  • Provides an analysis of the techno-economic viability and environmental impact of various biorefinery approaches
  • Discusses related policies and regulations


PhD students, researchers, and industry practitioners working in the field of bioenergy and renewable energy. PhD students and researchers working in the fields of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology, and Microbiology

Table of Contents

  • 1. Structure and chemistry of woody biomass
    2. Woody biomass availability, supply chains and logistics
    3. Pretreatment strategies for woody biomass
    4. Biochemical conversion of woody biomass to liquid biofuels
    5. Utilization of woody biomass for biogas production
    6. Thermochemical conversion of woody biomass to energy and high-value products
    7. Sustainable production of advanced biofuel and platform chemicals from woody biomass
    8. Downstream recovery of products and coproducts from bioprocessing of woody biomass
    9. Hot-water extraction based biorefinery for woody biomass
    10. Lignin based novel bioproducts from woody biomass
    11. Carbon capture and circular economy of woody biomass
    12. Techno-economic assessment of wood biomass to biofuels and bio-products
    13. Environmental impact assessment of utilizing woody biomass to biofuel and bio-products
    14. Commercializing Biorefinery Technology: choice of selecting various product pathways
    15. Policies and regulation on commercializing woody biomass-based biofuels and products

Product details

  • No. of pages: 410
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2022
  • Published: November 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323911870

About the Editors

Deepak Kumar

Dr. Deepak Kumar is an Assistant Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department at State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF); he is also a research scientist at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois. His research focuses on bioplastics, biofuel, and value-added products production from agro-processing waste and non-food sources and sustainability analysis. He has published 35 peer-reviewed articles and 6 book chapters with over 1000 citations and an H-index of 12.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering Department, State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF), Syracuse, NY, USA

Sachin Kumar

Dr. Sachin Kumar is a Deputy Director in the Biochemical Conversion Division at the Sardar Swaran Singh National Institute of Bioenergy, Kapurthala, India. He was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, USA. He obtained his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India and has more than fifteen years of research experience in Biochemical Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels including lignocellulosic ethanol, biogas, biohydrogen, etc. He has completed six research projects and one consultancy project and is actively engaged in two on-going research projects. Dr. Sachin has published more than 55 papers in peer reviewed journals, book chapters and papers in conference proceedings and 7 edited books. He has one granted US patent and one filed Indian patent. He is a recipient of the 2016 ASM-IUSSTF Indo-US Research Professorship and selected as Bioenergy-Awards for Cutting Edge Research (B-ACER) Fellow 2016 by DBT and IUSSTF.

Affiliations and Expertise

Deputy Director, Biochemical Conversion Division, Sardar Swaran Singh National Institute of Bioenergy, Kapurthala, India

Karthik Rajendran

Dr. Karthik Rajendran is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Science at SRM University, Andhra Pradesh, India. His research focuses on techno-economic analysis, biofuels, and bioenergy systems, systems design, and integrative sustainability metrics. He has published more than 40 articles and 15 chapters to date. He also holds a patent on the biogas measurement system and served as a guest editor in Frontiers in Energy Research.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Science, SRM University, Andhra Pradesh, India

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