High-Value Products from Biomass and Wastes

A special issue of Processes (ISSN 2227-9717). This special issue belongs to the section "Chemical Processes and Systems".

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Dear Colleagues,

The sustainable use of biomass and waste to create products is a strategy that addresses both environmental conservation and the transition towards a biobased economy. This strategy is especially important in today's context, where reducing waste and using resources efficiently are priorities. This Special Issue, titled "High-Value Products from Biomass and Wastes", aims to provide a platform for showcasing and sharing groundbreaking research and advancements in biomass conversion and waste utilisation.

Biomass, which refers to materials like agricultural residues, forestry wastes, and dedicated energy crops, offers significant potential. Additionally, various types of waste such as waste, agricultural byproducts, and industrial residuals present valuable opportunities for conversion into useful products. It is crucial to explore these materials for the production of high-value products like biofuels, biopolymers, biochemicals, and biomaterials in order to expand our resource pool while reducing our reliance on renewable resources.

This Special Issue welcomes contributions that highlight methodologies, advancements, and comprehensive reviews on biomass utilisation and waste conversion. This includes approaches to pretreatment strategies, conversion technologies, process integration techniques, techno economic analyses, as well as life cycle assessments. Furthermore, catalyst development specifically tailored for conversion processes will also be considered.

We also welcome perspectives on the policy implications, market trends, and sustainable management of supply chains to promote the commercialisation and expansion of technologies.

By sharing insights and publishing research articles, our aim is to advance discussions on the utilisation of biomass and waste, contributing to global sustainability, economic growth, and the reduction in environmental impacts.

Key areas of focus include converting biomass into resources, harnessing the potential of waste for purposes, such as biofuels, biopolymers, and biochemicals, and exploring sustainable technologies. We also emphasise process integration conducting techno analyses and life cycle assessments while considering policy dynamics and market trends.

Dr. Sharif Zein
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  • biomass conversion
  • waste utilization
  • bio-fuel
  • biopolymer
  • biological chemical
  • sustainable technology technical analysis
  • life cycle assessment

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Biochar: From Laboratory to Industry Scale—An Overview of Scientific and Industrial Advances, Opportunities in the Brazilian Context, and Contributions to Sustainable Development
by Fernando Duarte Prochnow, Matheus Cavali, Aline Perin Dresch, Igor Marcon Belli, Nelson Libardi, Junior and Armando Borges de Castilhos, Junior
Processes 2024, 12(5), 1006; https://doi.org/10.3390/pr12051006 - 15 May 2024
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Waste treatment and valorization have become crucial for sustainable development towards a circular economy. As an alternative, biochar production is a promising process to convert wastes into a valuable product that presents several potential applications to cope with environmental problems. Biochar in recent [...] Read more.
Waste treatment and valorization have become crucial for sustainable development towards a circular economy. As an alternative, biochar production is a promising process to convert wastes into a valuable product that presents several potential applications to cope with environmental problems. Biochar in recent years has been the subject of many studies, which have leveraged the number of patents and the industrial interest in this process. Against this background, this overview aimed: (i) to identify the advances in biochar research; (ii) to assess the number of patents on biochar over the years; (iii) to look at the industrial production of biochar worldwide; (iv) to detect the potential for biochar production in Brazil regarding waste biomass availability; and (v) to discuss the potential of biochar in contributing to reach some Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The holistic analysis presented here suggests that progress has been made in research, patent development, and industrial implementation of biochar, and that its potential role in achieving certain SDGs is noteworthy. Therefore, this overview can be useful in guiding future research about biochar to improve the knowledge of the different branches in this field. Full article
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