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Sustainability in Resources Recovery Research and Environmental Chemical Engineering

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 6 April 2024 | Viewed by 964

Special Issue Editor

Natural Resources Canada, CanmetENERGY, Devon, AB T9G 1A8, Canada
Interests: colloidal and interfacial phenomena at micro-scale; synthesis and characterization of polymeric and nano materials; carbon capture and utilization; sustainable technologies for hydrocarbon and minerals recovery; novel materials for carbon capture
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Resources include nonrenewable minerals and fossil fuels and renewable biogases and biofuels, as well as water and nutrients. Having a secure supply of resources plays a significant role in satisfying growing life standards and industrial applications. The recovery of resources in a more sustainable approach is crucial in exploiting and conserving natural resources, preventing secondary pollution, protecting the environment, and accomplishing a carbon-neutral economy.

The aim of this Special Issue is to provide a platform for the publication of applied or fundamental research on greener and more sustainable materials and technologies and more eco-friendly engineering solutions for resources recovery.

In this Special Issue, original research articles, case studies, short communications, and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Sustainable cleaner processes and system integration for mineral processing and extractive metallurgy;
  • Innovations on the recovery of critical minerals from brine or oilfield process water;
  • Non-aqueous bitumen extraction and innovative technologies for unconventional oil recovery;
  • Innovations on sustainable nutrient recovery from municipal and industrial wastewater and water reuse;
  • Innovations on the production of hydrogen, ammonia, biogas, and biofuels from waste biomass or other waste streams;
  • Novel materials and technologies for carbon capture, utilization, and storage;
  • Innovative approaches for the dewatering and reclamation of tailings from oil sands or minerals mining.

Dr. Feng Lin
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • environmental sustainability
  • sustainable resources recovery
  • minerals processing
  • oil sands extraction
  • nutrient recovery
  • tailings management
  • wastewater treatment
  • carbon capture and utilization

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Exploiting Deep Eutectic Solvent-like Mixtures for Fractionation Biomass, and the Mechanism Removal of Lignin: A Review
Sustainability 2024, 16(2), 504; https://doi.org/10.3390/su16020504 - 05 Jan 2024
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Abstract
Green solvents, which include deep eutectic solvent-like mixtures (DES-like mixtures), are categorized as ecological and economical solvents for the pretreatment and fractionation of different types of biomasses. DES-like mixtures represent a group of the most promising green solvents for lignocellulosic pretreatment and are [...] Read more.
Green solvents, which include deep eutectic solvent-like mixtures (DES-like mixtures), are categorized as ecological and economical solvents for the pretreatment and fractionation of different types of biomasses. DES-like mixtures represent a group of the most promising green solvents for lignocellulosic pretreatment and are currently used effectively in the biomass pretreatment process. The present work describes the latest applications of DES-like mixtures in biomass delignification processes and, at the same time, summarizes the mechanism of action and influence of DES-like mixture systems on the removal of lignin from different types of biomasses. The results of this review indicate that the physicochemical properties (acidity, hydrogen bond capacity, polarity, viscosity, and water content) of DES-like mixtures have a significant effect on the biomass fractionation process. In addition to the nature of components forming DES-like mixtures, the reaction conditions (temperature, time) influence the efficiency of delignification. Active protons obtained from the hydrogen bond donor facilitate proton-catalyzed bond cleavage during fractionation, where the most significant step is the destruction of the ether and ester bonds between polysaccharides and lignin. DES-like mixtures can depolymerize lignin with subsequent breakdown of the β−O−4 bonds. Full article
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