About this Research Topic
In recent years, global concern on the search for alternative energy sources has increased significantly, mainly due to energy security and environmental protection issues. Biofuels are promising in that respect, and are explored as substitutes for the rapidly depleting fossil fuels. Biofuels are economically viable and cause low environmental damage. Therefore, development of efficient methods and technologies for the production of biofuels from renewable biomass sources is receiving increased attention in academic and industrial research.
Fuel and environmental sustainability are topics of global concern. To date, several processes and technologies have been developed by academic and industrial researchers for the production as well as valorization of fuels and fuel additives from sustainable biomass. However, there is a lot of room to expand the effort through innovative ideas and methodologies. The development of sustainable catalytic routes and technologies for the transformation of non-edible biomass along with food waste, animal and agro-industry waste into efficient fuels or fuel additives is highly required. This Research Topic aims to become the point of reference related to the development of new materials, techniques and technologies for the production and catalytic upgrading of biofuels.
This Research Topic welcomes the submission of Original Research and Review articles, in themes including, but not limited to:
• design and development of novel homogenous and heterogeneous catalysts for biofuel production from biomass
• development of sustainable catalytic pathways for biomass valorization
• reaction optimization according to green principles
• development of novel techniques for the catalytic production and up-grading of biofuels
• catalysis processes, competent reactors and multi-stage technologies
• theoretical studies and simulations on the catalytic valorization of biomass products
Keywords: Alternative fuels, Biomass upgrading, Catalysis, Fuel-sustainability, Reaction optimization
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