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Special Issue "Biogenic Waste: Treatment, Reuse and Recycle"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 18 December 2023 | Viewed by 1648

Special Issue Editors

Department of Chemical Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh
Interests: bioenergy/biofuels; low-carbon technology; waste valorization; life cycle assessment
Department of Farm Power and Machinery, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh 2202, Bangladesh
Interests: biogas; renewable energy; emission abatement technology; circular agriculture; sensors and modelling

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Special Issue "Biogenic Waste: Treatment, Reuse and Recycle" in the journal Sustainability focuses on the latest research and developments in the field of biogenic waste management and valorization. Biogenic waste covers the variety of organic waste generated all over the world, namely, municipal waste, agricultural waste, and forest and wood biomass residues. Currently, an astounding amount of biogenic waste is being generated all over the world, which is responsible for a high quantity of greenhouse gas release along with an eco-toxic impact on the environment. This large amount of waste can be turned into useful resources by employing the appropriate processing technology with a minimal impact on the environment.

The aim of this Special Issue is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the various treatment, reuse and recycle options for biogenic waste, including both technical and economic aspects. In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Biomethanation and other anaerobic digestion techniques for biogenic waste treatment;
  • Composting, vermicomposting, and other aerobic treatment methods;
  • Biogenic waste reuse in agriculture and horticulture;
  • Circular agricultural approach in residues management;
  • Anaerobic digestion-based circular economy;
  • System scale analysis of biogenic waste collection and processing chain;
  • Biogenic waste recycling in energy and material production;
  • Advanced thermal treatments such as hydrothermal treatment, pyrolysis, and gasification;
  • Life cycle assessment of biogenic waste management options;
  • Legal and regulatory aspects of biogenic waste management;
  • Sensors and modelling in waste management and renewable energy;
  • Economic and social aspects of biogenic waste management.

I/We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Kawnish Kirtania
Prof. Dr. Chayan K. Saha
Guest Editors

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  • biogenic waste
  • environmental impact
  • waste to energy
  • waste management
  • waste recycle
  • waste supply chain
  • integrated residue management
  • biogas
  • circularity in waste management

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Ex Situ Catalytic Pyrolysis of Invasive Pennisetum purpureum Grass with Activated Carbon for Upgrading Bio-Oil
Sustainability 2023, 15(9), 7628; - 06 May 2023
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Energy demands keep increasing in this modern world as the world population increases, which leads to a reduction in fossil fuels. To resolve these challenges, Pennisetum purpureum, an invasive grass in Brunei Darussalam, was examined as the feedstock for renewable energy through a [...] Read more.
Energy demands keep increasing in this modern world as the world population increases, which leads to a reduction in fossil fuels. To resolve these challenges, Pennisetum purpureum, an invasive grass in Brunei Darussalam, was examined as the feedstock for renewable energy through a catalytic pyrolysis process. The activated carbon was applied as the catalyst for a simple and economical solution. The catalytic pyrolysis was executed at 500 °C (the temperature for the highest biofuel yield) for both reactors to produce the highest amount of upgraded biofuels. The biochar produced from the non-catalytic and catalytic pyrolysis processes showed a consistent yield due to stable operating conditions, from which the activated carbon was generated and used as the catalyst in this work. A significant amount of improvement was found in the production of biofuels, especially bio-oil. It was found that for catalysts, the number of phenolic, alcohol, furans, and ketones was increased by reducing the amount of acidic, aldehyde, miscellaneous oxygenated, and nitrogenous composites in bio-oils. The highest amount of phenolic compounds was produced due to a number of functional groups (-C=O and -OH) in activated carbon. The regenerated activated carbons also showed promising outcomes as catalysts for upgrading the bio-oils. The overall performance of synthesized and regenerated activated carbon as a catalyst in catalytic pyrolysis was highly promising for improving the quality and stability of bio-oil. Full article
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