American Journal of Chemical Engineering

Special Issue

Advances in Catalysis Science and Technologies for Biomass Conversion to Bioenergy and Biofuels

  • Submission Deadline: Aug. 25, 2020
  • Status: Submission Closed
  • Lead Guest Editor: Yang Xiao
About This Special Issue
A biofuel is a fuel that is produced through contemporary catalytic processes rather than by geological processes such as those involved in the formation of fossil fuels, e.g. coal and petroleum. If the source biomass can regrow quickly, the resulting fuel is renewable energy. Biofuels can be produced from plants (i.e. energy crops), or from agricultural, commercial, domestic, and/or industrial wastes. Renewable biofuels generally involve contemporary carbon fixation, such as those that occur in plants or microalgae through the process of photosynthesis. Other renewable biofuels are made through the use or conversion of biomass (usually plants or plant-derived materials). Biofuels and bioenergy include four revolutionary generations as follows, first-generation or conventional biofuels are made from food crops grown on arable land; second-generation biofuels are manufactured from various types of non-food crops on arable land; third-generation biofuels are prepared from algae resources using non-arable land; and fourth-generation biofuels use genetically modified algae to enhance biofuel production. In recent two decades, catalysis science and technologies for the production of the above four generations of biofuels from various biomass resources have been intensively and extensively developed.
In this special issue, review articles, regular research papers, and short communications will focus on the recent advances in catalysis science and technologies for biomass conversion to bioenergy and biofuels. In particular, review articles that cover insight into a specific catalytic biomass conversion (e.g. bio-oil upgrading, lignin hydro-pyrolysis, biosugar to biofuels) are encouraged.

Aims and Scope:

  1. Heterogeneous catalysts
  2. Homogeneous catalysts
  3. Catalysis science and reaction engineering
  4. Biomass conversion to biofuels and bioenergy
  5. Bio-oil
  6. renewable energy
  7. Biodiesel and Bioethanol
  8. First-generation biofuels
  9. Second-generation biofuels
  10. Third-generation biofuels
  11. Fourth-generation biofuels
Lead Guest Editor
  • Yang Xiao

    Purdue University, West Lafayette, United States

Guest Editors
  • Qinglin Su

    Purdue University, West Lafayette, United States

  • Zhenhua Zeng

    Purdue University, West Lafayette, United States

  • Yuan Wang

    Purdue University, West Lafayette, United States

  • Khurshida Afroz

    Department of Chemical Engineering, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, United States

  • Zhi-Jian Zhao

    Tianjing University, Tianjing, China

  • Guomin Xiao

    Southeast University, Nanjing, China

  • Chuanxi Yang

    College of Resources and Environmental Sciences, China Agricultural University, Beijing, China

Published Articles
  • Reducing HCl Release to the Environment by Eliminating Methyl Chloride at Reactors End of Run

    Rahul Patil , Kevin Rickert

    Issue: Volume 8, Issue 1, January 2020
    Pages: 5-10
    Received: Jun. 06, 2019
    Accepted: Feb. 10, 2020
    Published: Feb. 28, 2020
    DOI: 10.11648/j.ajche.20200801.12
    Abstract: Study of unreacted MeCl clearing from CSTR reactors at the end of run: It is a unique set up with CSTR reactors in cascade, used to produce salt-based product, esters and methanol from this unit operations. This study involves chemical reaction Engineering and process improvement experiments along with control logics to perform the steps to elimina... Show More