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Advances in Biomass Conversion and Biofuel Production

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (11 May 2024) | Viewed by 245

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School of Energy Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001, China
Interests: biomass; thermochemical; thermodynamics
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Faculty of Agriculture, Cairo University, Giza 12613, Egypt
Interests: biosystems engineering; renewable energy

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College of Metrology and Measurement Engineering, China Jiliang University, Hangzhou 310018, China
Interests: biomass gasification

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

World development reinforces the fact that sustainability or sustainable development is a global issue. According to the WCED (World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987), sustainability or sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Currently, there are around 169 targets, 17 goals, and 304 indicators which have been proposed to evaluate or measure sustainability. Generally, sustainability involves economic sustainability, social sustainability, and environmental sustainability, and all of these link to the sustainability of energy and resources, since energy/resource sustainability sets a solid basis for overall sustainability.

Biomass energy/resources are abundantly available, CO2/GHG (greenhouse gas) neutral, environmentally friendly, renewable, and sustainable. They are therefore very important among renewable resources, i.e., geothermal energy, solar energy, etc. This Special Issue is focused on advances in biomass conversion and biofuel production.

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

  • Properties of biomass;
  • Properties of biofuel;
  • Treatment of biomass (heating, acid treatment, etc.);
  • Conversion of biomass (pyrolysis, gasification, fermentation, etc.);
  • Upgrading of biofuel;
  • Utilization of biofuel;
  • Energy systems;
  • Other related topics (thermodynamics, heat transfer, hydrodynamics, etc.).

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Prof. Dr. Yaning Zhang
Prof. Dr. Ehab Mostafa
Dr. Xiaoyan Gao
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • biomass
  • biofuel
  • syngas
  • oil
  • char
  • pyrolysis
  • gasification
  • fermentation

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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