Novel Sustainable Processes with Low Environmental Impact Solvents in Biorefining and Chemical Industry

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 July 2024 | Viewed by 137

Special Issue Editors

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Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Unit, CIEMAT, Av. Complutense, 40, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Interests: green chemistry; green solvents; waste valorization; biorefinery; biomass conversion; biofuel production; bio-based products; environmental science

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Guest Editor
Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Unit, CIEMAT, Av. Complutense, 40, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Interests: environmental analytical chemistry; green chemistry; waste valorization; biomass conversion; bio-based products fermentation technology; biorefinery; renewable energy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the 21st century, the chemical industry faces significant challenges, particularly the environmental impact and resource accessibility. Addressing these issues requires a shift towards sustainable bio-resources and bio-refineries. Green chemistry emerges as a fundamental strategy to minimize the environmental impact by converting biological resources into products, promoting sustainability and waste reduction. Full implementation of green chemistry hinges on employing low environmental impact solvents. This involves adopting emerging solvents such as ionic liquids, eutectic solvents, water, biomass-derived solvents, or carbon dioxide as alternatives to hazardous organic solvents in analytical techniques. These solvents play a crucial role in transforming lignocellulosic biomass into high-value products. The synergy between green chemistry and biorefineries is vital for creating a sustainable, circular, and environmentally friendly chemical industry.

This Special Issue aims to offer an extensive and current perspective on the efficient role of low environmental impact solvents in biorefinery and the chemical industry, welcoming manuscripts including, but not limited, to the following topics:

  • Advancements in Sustainable Processes and Biorefineries.
  • Research on Green Chemistry's Environmental Impact Mitigation.
  • Innovative Green Approaches to Biomass Pre-treatment and Fractionation.
  • Studies on Low Environmental Impact Solvents for Biomass Transformation.

Dr. Raquel Cañadas
Dr. Cristina Álvarez
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • sustainable process
  • green chemistry
  • green solvent
  • low environmental impact
  • eco-fiendly technology
  • biorefinery
  • lignocellulosic biomass
  • bioproducts
  • chemical industry

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Pretreatment of Agricultural Byproducts using alternative solvents: Exploring Advances in Deslignification
Cristina ÁLvarez, Aleta Duque, Raquel Cañadas
Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Unit, CIEMAT, Av. Complutense, 40, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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