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Special Issue "Carbonization of Biowaste from Agriculture and Forestry"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Waste and Recycling".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 243

Special Issue Editors

Institute of Environment Resource Soil and Fertilizer, Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Hangzhou 310021, China
Interests: biochar stability; hydrothermal carbonization; carbon sequestration; greenhouse gas emission; soil amendment; heavy metal; pollution control
College of Agronomy and Biotechnology, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100193, China
Interests: greenhouse gas emissions; soil microbes; soil organic carbon; irrigation; crop yields; biochar; nutrient cycling; carbon sequestration
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Dr. Feiyue Li
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Guest Editor
College of Resources and Environment Science, Anhui Science and Technology University, Fengyang 233100, China
Interests: biochar; hydrochar; soil heavy metal; adsorption; greenhourse gas emission

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Despite recent efforts to manage the biowaste produced from agriculture and forestry, including its treatment and resourceful utilization with a view to promoting environmental sustainability, much room for innovation remains in this field in terms of research and technological developments. Carbonization is a thermo-treatment technology generally including the processes of pyrolysis and hydrothermal carbonization, the solid products of which are known as biochar and hydrochar, respectively. Biochar and hydrochar have received much attention due to their unique heterogeneous characteristics and potential applications in carbon sequestration, soil amendment, pollution remediation, and bioenergy production. Therefore, carbonization of the biowaste from agriculture and forestry is expected to promote the sustainable development of economic society and the ecological environment.

Original research articles and reviews are welcome in this Special Issue. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Pyrolysis and hydrothermal carbonization process and technology;
  • Biochar/hydrochar properties and influencing factors;
  • Preparation of novel functional carbon materials;
  • Long-term effects of biochar in agriculture and forestry;
  • Stability of biochar and carbon sequestration;
  • Aging and degradation of biochar in the environment;
  • Biochar and soil nutrient cycling;
  • Biochar and soil microbes;
  • Biochar and adsorption/removal of pollutants.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Yuxue Liu
Dr. Zhencai Sun
Dr. Feiyue Li
Guest Editors

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  • biochar
  • pyrolysis
  • hydrothermal carbonization
  • carbon sequestration
  • pollution control
  • soil amendment
  • crop straw
  • nutrient cycling
  • resourceful utilization

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