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An Introduction

Edited by: Michele Aresta, Angela Dibenedetto,  and Franck Dumeignil
With contributions of: Gennaro Agrimi, Efthymia Alexopoulou, Elisavet D. Bartzoka, Antonio Buonerba, Fabrizio Cavani, Myrsini Christou, Antonella Colucci, Jean-Luc Couturier, Claudia Crestini, Jean-Luc Dubois, Ioannis Eleftheriadis, Maria Georgiadou, Alfonso Grassi, Christin Groeger, Eleni Heracleous, Eleni Iliopoulou, Francois Jerome, Benjamin Katryniok, Michal Krzyzanik, Heiko Lange, Angelos Lappas, Angeliki A. Lemonidou, Eric Monflier, Luigi Palmieri, Ioanna Papamichael, Sebastian Paul, Carlo Perego, Carla S.M. Pereira, Isabella Pisano, Marco Ricci, Maria Antonietta Ricci, Alirio E. Rodrigues, Raf Roelant, Wael Sebra, Sheila Ortega Sanchez, Mariusz Stolarski, Charles Themistocles, Tsiotas Kostas, Efterpi S. Vasiliadou,  and An-Ping Zeng

Biorefineries compiles the basic science and technologies used to convert terrestrial and aquatic biomass into essential molecular compounds and polymeric materials. The book provides in depth insights into this fairly recent concept of industrial chemistry that aims to achieve optimal economic profits while minimizing the environmental impact. Chapters written by renowned experts cover, amongst others, the application of catalysis, downstream processing, biomass sourced olefins, lignin biorefinery techniques and biogas.
The authors thoroughly examine and explain the value chain for biomass conversion into platform molecules and their transformation into final products. A comprehensive thematic overview on the topic giving beginners access to fundamental concepts is presented. Supplemented by numerous full color figures and tables, the contents impart knowledge about the involved techniques. Advanced students and experts in the field will find the summary of state-of-the-art research and current literature of valuable interest.

  • Explores the enormous potential of biomass conversion as a future source for fuels and chemicals
  • Focuses on both general scientific background and current innovations in the field of biorefinery
  • Targets students and researchers in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology, and Materials Science

About the Editors

Prof. Michele Aresta, Chair of the Scientific Committee of CIRCC in Italy and holds the IMM Chair at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at NUS, Singapore. He is author of over 200 papers and Author or Editor of nine books.

Prof. Angela Dibenedetto, Associate Professor at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Bari (Italy) focused on carbon dioxide utilization by applying biorefinery concepts; and Director of the Interuniversity Consortium on Chemical Reactivity and Catalysis-CIRCC.

Prof. Franck Dumeignil, Deputy Director of the CNRS joint Unit of Catalysis and Chemistry of Solid (UCCS) of Lille University (France); project coordinator of several projects on chemistry, including the EuroBioRef Project for designing next generation biorefineries.

  • The use of biomass as a resource for fuels and chemicals is a very important topic in chemical research and chemical industry.
  • The field of biorefineries combines cutting-edge research with innovative industrial goals.

Author Information

Michele Aresta and Angela Dibendetto, University of Bari, Italy; Franck Dumeignil, University of Lille - Nord de France, Villeneuve d'Ascq, France.


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Audience: Chemists, Chemical Engineers, Biotechnologists, Materials Scientists, Students.