About this Research Topic
Biomass, a carbon-neutral resource, has been identified as an alternative to fossil fuels. It has unique virtues of wide abundance, low-cost, and sustainability. The utilization of biomass for the production of energy and value-added chemicals is crucial for a large number of industrial and researchful breakthroughs in the development of future biorefineries. However, the complex structure makes it difficult to be converted and many of these processes still face several challenges, such as weak chemo-catalytic performances, harsh reaction conditions, a high processing cost, and poor catalyst stability. The implementation of sustainable and effective technologies for the conversion of biomass into biofuels and chemicals is vital. Among different strategies, the use of catalysis for the valorization of biomass of different types (lignocellulosic, biomass-derived chemicals, vegetable oils, wood etc.) into fuels, platform chemicals, and other value-added products, are promising.
The Topic Editors encourage submissions of Original Research articles and Review articles. The themes covered in this Research Topic include but are not limited to:
• The recent progress in the bio- and chemo-catalytic conversion of model/real biomass components to value-added chemicals and biofuels with different catalysts (biocatalytic, homogeneous, and heterogeneous),
• Molecular insights in the processing of biomass with different catalysts (homogeneous, enzymatic, and heterogeneous),
• Research related to catalytic reaction engineering, industrial utilization, biocatalytic system, and eco-friendly catalytic processes for biomass valorization,
• Research comparing various catalytic approaches including those involving biotechnology are also welcome.
Keywords: homogeneous catalysis, heterogeneous catalysis, algal biomass, valorization, lignocellulose, reactor engineering, biofuels, value-added chemicals, green routes, biocatalytic system
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