Special Issue "Recycling of Agricultural and Food Waste for Biofuel and Biochar Production: Recent Advances and Future Directions"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Sciences".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2023 | Viewed by 178

Special Issue Editors

1. National Institute of Research (INRS), Quebec City, QC G1P 4S5, Canada
2. School of the Environment, Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON P3E 2C6, Canada
Interests: environmental science; bioprocess and process engineering; material science
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Department of Civil and Building Engineering, University of Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QC J1N 0C6, Canada
Interests: environmental chemistry and biotechnology; emerging contaminants; chemical engineering; material science

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

One of the biggest environmental problems requiring increased attention in the future is the management of agricultural and food waste, especially given the rising demand for food that is expected to double by 2050 and the parallel wide variety of industrial processes currently employed.

Over the past two decades, numerous technologies were created with the aim of transforming organic waste into high-value products. The conversion of agricultural and food waste for the manufacture of biofuels is a very intriguing notion with the potential to play a crucial part in the energy transition given the energy crisis, the alarming state of climate change and the need to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Recycling food and agricultural waste for the creation of biochar is garnering increased interest due to its extensive industrial and agricultural applications. Some such applications include, but are not limited to, its use as: a soil amendment to improve soil health, a nutrient and microbial carrier, an immobilizing agent to remove toxic metals and organic contaminants from soil and water, a catalyst for industrial applications, a porous material for the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and odorous compounds and a feed supplement to increase animal health and productivity by increasing nutrient intake efficiency.

We are interested in manuscripts examining:

  • The conversion and bioconversion processes of agricultural and food waste into biofuel;
  • The conversion process of agricultural and food waste into biochar and other carbonaceous materials;
  • Biofuel and greenhouse gas reduction and life cycle analysis;
  • Studies on the innovative potential application of biochar and carbonaceous materials.

Dr. Tarek Rouissi
Dr. Linson Lonappan
Guest Editors

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  • valorization
  • biofuels
  • biochar
  • agricultural and food waste
  • greenhouse gas emissions

Published Papers

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