About this Research Topic
Biomass, as one of the most important renewable energy resources and the only renewable carbon resource, will play an increasingly important role in securing local energy supply and mitigating greenhouse gas emission. Pyrolysis is a promising way to transform biomass into biofuels, chemicals and carbon-based materials. Over the past 30 years, significant achievements have been made in developing various biomass pyrolysis technologies and upgrading pyrolysis products into high quality fuels and functional biomaterials in different areas. However, there still remains a number of challenges, such as studying the molecular mechanism of biomass pyrolysis, process control and adjustment, and further valorization of pyrolysis products. Therefore, progress in the science and technology of biomass pyrolysis, including the development of value-added products, is still highly needed to realize its comprehensive utilization.
This Research Topic will mainly focus on collecting the most recent progress on the cutting-edge research of biomass pyrolysis, providing the latest information for people in both academic and industrial societies and stimulating the development of technologies of biomass utilizations. Particularly, the progress on the selective pyrolysis to produce desirable biofuels, chemicals and carbon-based biomaterials will be reported, while the catalytic and non-catalytic conversions of bio-oil and biochar into high-value products will be also targeted. Additionally, new methods on online detection/characterization of molecular structures during biomass pyrolysis will also be highly sought. Technologies on some relatively new pyrolysis processes (e.g. stepwise pyrolysis, microwave-assisted pyrolysis, autothermal pyrolysis, etc.) will be welcome as well.
Original Research, Perspective, and Review articles are all accepted in this Research Topic. Potential topics may include, but are not limited to:
• Molecular mechanism of biomass pyrolysis;
• Selective pyrolysis of biomass into value-added biofuels and chemicals;
• Chemical aspects of biomass pyrolysis for poly-generation;
• Bio-oil upgrading to advanced biofuels and/or chemicals;
• Valorization of biochar into functional carbon materials and its applications;
• Online precise/quantitative detection/characterization methods during pyrolysis process;
• Advances in conventional and other pyrolysis technologies including the stepwise, microwave-assisted, and autothermal pyrolysis.
Keywords: Biomass pyrolysis, Biofuels, Chemicals, Bio-carbon materials, High value utilization
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