Renewable Resources for Biorefineries: RSC (Green Chemistry Series)

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With the increasing awareness and concern about the dependency on fossil resources and the depletion of crude oil reserves, experts from industrial biotechnology, renewable resources, green chemistry, and biorefineries are stimulating the transition from the fossil-based to the bio-based economy. This text confronts scientific and economic challenges and strategies for making this crucial transition.


Renewable Resources for Biorefineries is the work of a strongly interdisciplinary authorship, offering perspectives from biology, chemistry, biochemical engineering, materials science, and industry. This unique approach provides an opportunity for a much broader coverage of biomass and valorisation than has been attempted in previous titles. This book also represents the fundamentally important technical and policy aspects of a bio-based economy, to ground this important science in a realistic and viable economic framework. Chapters in this book cover a diverse range of topics, including: advanced generation bioenergy sectors; biobased polymers and materials; chemical platform molecules; industrial crops and biorefineries; financing and policy for change; and valorisation of biomass waste streams.


This is an ideal book for upper level undergraduate and postgraduate students taking modules on Renewable resources, green chemistry, sustainable development, environmental science, agricultural science and environmental technology. It will also benefit industry professionals and product developers who are looking to improve economic and environmental ways to utilise renewable resources in current and future biorefineries.

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With the increasing awareness and concern about the dependency on fossil resources and the depletion of crude oil reserves, this book covers the hot topics of renewable resources for biorefineries. With contributors from industry and academia, it covers both technical and policy aspects of the bio-based economy. Written at a level suitable for students taking modules on renewable resources, environmental and agricultural sciences and sustainable technology, it will also benefit industry professionals and product developers who are looking at improved economic and environmental means of utilising renewable resources in current and future biorefineries.

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Dr. Rafael Luque is currently a Ramon y Cajal fellow in the Departamento de Química Orgánica of Universidad de Cordoba (UCO) in Spain. His research interests are green chemistry applied to nanomaterials, supported metal/metal oxide nanoparticles on porous materials, heterogeneous catalysis and biofuels.

Peter Rudolf Seidl - Professor, Graduate Program on Technology of Chemical and Biochemical Processes, EQ/UFRJ (TPQB/EQ/UFRJ), and responsible for the establishment of the Brazilian Green Chemical School (EBQV). Thesis advisor and project coordinator in physical organic chemistry applied to chemical process areas such as petroleum, pharmaceuticals, mineral technology, etc., publishing widely in these areas and holding an international patent on the use of cashew wastes as a raw material. Former President of the Brazilian Chemical Association (ABQ) and active in the organization of meetings and workshops, such as the 1st International Conference on Chemistry of the Amazon (held shortly after Rio 92) and, more recently, the 1st Workshop on Asphaltenes Characterization and Properties held in 2009 and Biorefineries 2010 Recent Advances and New Challenges, held last November.

James H Clark is Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence, The University of York, UK. He has led the green chemistry movement in Europe for the last 15 years and was the first scientific editor of the journal Green Chemistry and is Editor-in-chief of the RSC Green Chemistry book series.

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