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Advances in Waste Biomass and Environmental Sustainability

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2024 | Viewed by 972

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Department of Chemical Engineering, Universidade do Porto, Porto, Portugal
Interests: biomass conversion, waste valorization, biofuels production, sustainable processes, and catalysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The depletion of fossil fuel resources is a major threat to the sustainable development of human beings, so biomass has gained increasing attention regarding the production of chemicals, fuels, and materials for environmental applications. Thermochemical conversion technologies, such as pyrolysis and hydrothermal operations, could provide an alternative for the processing of biomass and wastes, enabling reuse via the transformation of their properties. In addition, the catalytic processing of biomass residues is an attractive approach for the production of high-value chemicals, which still requires intense efforts.

We are pleased to invite you to contribute to this Special Issue, entitled “Advances in Waste Biomass and Environmental Sustainability”, to be published in Sustainability. Considering the importance of sustainability and sustainable development, Sustainability strives to support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the United Nations.

This Special Issue aims to present and disseminate the most recent advances related to waste biomass valorization processes for the production of high-value chemicals, with the aim of developing technologies for carbon neutrality. All studies (experimental, computational and theoretical) within the scope of this Special Issue, including original research, review articles and communications, are welcome for submission.

Research areas for publication may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Thermochemical conversion techniques
  • Catalytic biomass conversion
  • Bio-oil upgrading and biochar applications
  • Waste valorization
  • Green processes
  • Sustainability assessment and life-cycle analysis (LCA)

I look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Lucília Sousa Ribeiro
Guest Editor

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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.

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  • biomass
  • wastes
  • hydrothermal treatment
  • pyrolysis
  • catalysis
  • sustainability

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14 pages, 908 KiB  
Sustainable Aviation Fuel Production through Catalytic Processing of Lignocellulosic Biomass Residues: A Perspective
by Lucília Sousa Ribeiro and Manuel Fernando Ribeiro Pereira
Sustainability 2024, 16(7), 3038; - 5 Apr 2024
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Currently, the transportation sector represents about one third of the total energy consumed in the world, most of this energy being obtained almost exclusively from oil. However, the world is changing, as well as the aviation industry. Since lignocellulosic biomass is a low-cost [...] Read more.
Currently, the transportation sector represents about one third of the total energy consumed in the world, most of this energy being obtained almost exclusively from oil. However, the world is changing, as well as the aviation industry. Since lignocellulosic biomass is a low-cost feedstock that does not compete with food, it has drawn great attention as one of the most attractive alternatives to replace fossil feedstocks for the production of fuels. Renewable jet fuels could have a significant impact on lowering greenhouse gas emissions and providing a long-term sustainable alternative to petroleum-derived fuels. However, the catalytic upgrading of lignocellulosic residues in industry still remains a big challenge and the development of highly integrated systems that allow the direct conversion of lignocellulosic wastes is essential to achieve that goal. The importance of renewable jet fuels and the potential of lignocellulosic biomass have already been extensively reviewed. However, this work presents a new perspective on the main catalytic routes and challenges for the sustainable production of aviation fuels from biomass wastes. Full article
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