About this Research Topic
Faced with the inevitable decline of fossil fuels, the demand of safe and sustainable goods, and also more and more drastic regulations such as REACH, there is growing interest in the use of renewable sources as substitutes for petro-based chemicals and materials.
In this context, over the last few decades, much effort has been made to develop efficient methods – such as biotechnologies (e.g., bioconversion, biocatalysis), catalysis, pyrolysis – to produce valuable chemicals and materials from biomass, thus offering novel sustainable procedures as alternative routes to traditional synthetic pathways.
Lignocellulose, one of the most sustainable carbon sources on Earth, is particularly of interest for producing valuable platform molecules/monomers (e.g., HMF, levulinic acid, levoglucosenone, FDCA, succinic acid), fine chemicals, functional ingredients (e.g., antioxidants, flavors, cosmetic ingredients), polymers and materials (e.g., polyesters, NIPUs, BPA-free epoxy resins, composites).
In summary, the combination of starting materials from biomass and the use of eco-friendly processes offers a sustainable approach to not only the substitution of current fossil-based chemicals/materials, but also to novel renewable products with innovative properties.
This article collection welcomes the submission of papers based on original research that describes the production of sustainable commodity and specialty chemicals/materials from lignocellulosic biomass. A particular attention to demonstrate a green chemistry approach in the submitted manuscript will be asked.
Keywords: Lignocellulose, biobased functional ingredients/monomers/polymers/materials, Durability/Sustainability, Clean Processes, Green Chemistry, Lignin, Cellulose, Hemicellulose, Biotechnologies, (bio)catalysis
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