Themed collection Biorefining

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Editorial

Harnessing the power of biorefining: paving the way for sustainable fuels and chemicals

George W. Huber, Muxina Konarova, Jason Y. C. Lim and Karen Wilson introduce the Sustainable Energy & Fuels themed collection on biorefining.

Graphical abstract: Harnessing the power of biorefining: paving the way for sustainable fuels and chemicals
From the themed collection: Spotlight on Women in Energy
Open Access Review Article

Integrated techno-economic and environmental assessment of biorefineries: review and future research directions

Biorefineries will be strategic players in achieving the circular economy and sustainability goals.

Graphical abstract: Integrated techno-economic and environmental assessment of biorefineries: review and future research directions
From the themed collection: Biorefining
Review Article

Phototrophic microbial fuel cells: a greener approach to sustainable power generation and wastewater treatment

Bringing to light the next generation in sustainable energy, we focus on phototrophic microbial fuel cells. These are broad-spectrum tools that can contribute to current and future needs in energy production, waste remediation, and CO2 reduction.

Graphical abstract: Phototrophic microbial fuel cells: a greener approach to sustainable power generation and wastewater treatment
From the themed collection: Biorefining
Review Article

Review on food waste valorisation for bioplastic production towards a circular economy: sustainable approaches and biodegradability assessment

To implement circular production and consumption practices, tackling key societal concerns such as resource depletion, climate change, and environmental pollution is necessary.

Graphical abstract: Review on food waste valorisation for bioplastic production towards a circular economy: sustainable approaches and biodegradability assessment
From the themed collection: Biorefining
Review Article

Strategies for lignin depolymerization and reconstruction towards functional polymers

This review focuses on lignin depolymerization strategies and functional polymer construction based on lignin-derived monomers.

Graphical abstract: Strategies for lignin depolymerization and reconstruction towards functional polymers
From the themed collection: Biorefining
Review Article

Recent advances in photobioreactor systems for sustainable and enhanced microalgal biofuel production

This review summarizes the current developments of microalgal biofuel production based on system design costs such as initial design cost and expected net profit and describes several examples of designs for economic microalgae cultivation.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in photobioreactor systems for sustainable and enhanced microalgal biofuel production
From the themed collection: Biorefining
Accepted Manuscript - Paper

Piggery waste to sustainable fuels via indirect supercritical water gasification and membrane reforming at 600°C: a techno-economic assessment

From the themed collection: Biorefining
Paper

Studies on bimetallic Cu–Ag supported alumina catalysts for hydrodeoxygenation of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural to 2,5-dimethylfuran

Selective synthesis of 2,5-dimethylfuran (DMF) from 5-hydroxymethyl furfural (HMF) by hydrodeoxygenation (HDO) was studied over Ag-promoted Cu/γ-Al2O3 catalysts.

Graphical abstract: Studies on bimetallic Cu–Ag supported alumina catalysts for hydrodeoxygenation of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural to 2,5-dimethylfuran
From the themed collection: Biorefining
Open Access Paper

Solventless hydrodeoxygenation of isoeugenol and dihydroeugenol in batch and continuous modes over a zeolite-supported FeNi catalyst

A low-cost bimetallic bifunctional 5–5 wt% FeNi/H-Beta-300 catalyst was investigated in solventless hydrodeoxygenation of lignin-derived model compounds isoeugenol or dihydroeugenol in batch and continuous modes.

Graphical abstract: Solventless hydrodeoxygenation of isoeugenol and dihydroeugenol in batch and continuous modes over a zeolite-supported FeNi catalyst
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
Open Access Paper

A novel biorefinery concept based on marginally used halophyte biomass

Optimizing the organosolv process parameters towards establishing a novel biorefinery concept based on marginally used halophyte biomass.

Graphical abstract: A novel biorefinery concept based on marginally used halophyte biomass
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
Paper

Carbon capture from corn stover ethanol production via mature consolidated bioprocessing enables large negative biorefinery GHG emissions and fossil fuel-competitive economics

Potential to capture 70% of feedstock carbon while >50% of feedstock lower heating value is converted to biofuel and coproducts.

Graphical abstract: Carbon capture from corn stover ethanol production via mature consolidated bioprocessing enables large negative biorefinery GHG emissions and fossil fuel-competitive economics
From the themed collection: Biorefining
Paper

Sustainability assessment of biojet fuel produced from pyrolysis oil of woody biomass

Biojet fuel production from woody biomass pyrolysis oil demonstrates economic viability at MFSP of $1.03 per L, while also reducing GHG emissions by up to 95.27% compared to conventional jet fuel production, providing environmental benefits.

Graphical abstract: Sustainability assessment of biojet fuel produced from pyrolysis oil of woody biomass
From the themed collection: Biorefining
Open Access Paper

Hydrocarbons from kraft pulp pre-hydrolysis liquors in two steps using heterogeneous catalysis

Valorizing industrial side streams that are currently burnt to a low value is important to make biorefining more sustainable.

Graphical abstract: Hydrocarbons from kraft pulp pre-hydrolysis liquors in two steps using heterogeneous catalysis
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
Open Access Paper

High yield co-production of isobutanol and ethanol from switchgrass: experiments, and process synthesis and analysis

Hybrid yeast strain co-produces isobutanol and ethanol at high yields. Reducing hydrolysis enzyme loading and enhancing xylose conversion greatly impact the economic potential of the biorefinery.

Graphical abstract: High yield co-production of isobutanol and ethanol from switchgrass: experiments, and process synthesis and analysis
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
Paper

Thermochemical behavior of alkali pretreated biomass – a thermogravimetric and Py-GC/FID study

Pyrolysis of pretreated biomass significantly reduces pyrolysis vapor acidity, enabling improved downstream upgrading. Also, increased selectivity for sugars could provide another valuable co-product for bioethanol.

Graphical abstract: Thermochemical behavior of alkali pretreated biomass – a thermogravimetric and Py-GC/FID study
From the themed collection: Biorefining
Open Access Paper

Lactic acid and biomethane production from bread waste: a techno-economic and profitability analysis using pinch technology

Lactic acid is produced from bread waste using microbial fermentation under acid-neutral and low-pH scenarios. Though the acid-neutral scenario is economically better, the primary economic barriers are huge capital investment and utility consumption.

Graphical abstract: Lactic acid and biomethane production from bread waste: a techno-economic and profitability analysis using pinch technology
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
Open Access Paper

Effect of improvement actions on the life-cycle environmental and economic performance of synthetic biofuels from date palm waste in Tunisia

Exploring the economic and environmental suitability of an enhanced bioenergy plant producing synthetic gasoline and diesel from date palm waste in Tunisia with PV-based supply of electricity and oxygen.

Graphical abstract: Effect of improvement actions on the life-cycle environmental and economic performance of synthetic biofuels from date palm waste in Tunisia
From the themed collection: Biorefining
Paper

Aqueous phase hydrogenation of furfural on Ni/TiO2 catalysts: nature of the support phase steers the product selectivity

Titania crystal phases were able to tune the nature of metal through metal–support interaction and acidic sites for surface rearrangement and hydrogenation of furfural.

Graphical abstract: Aqueous phase hydrogenation of furfural on Ni/TiO2 catalysts: nature of the support phase steers the product selectivity
From the themed collection: Biorefining
Paper

Desalting biocrude for improved downstream processing toward marine fuel application

Simple methods for desalting HTL-derived biocrudes from food waste improve their properties and reduce hydrotreating demands, bringing them toward use as marine fuels.

Graphical abstract: Desalting biocrude for improved downstream processing toward marine fuel application
From the themed collection: Biorefining
Paper

Technical, economic, and environmental potential of glycerol hydrogenolysis: a roadmap towards sustainable green chemistry future

The dilemma of fossil fuel use, political versatility, and global climate change have driven motivation that has led to growing interest in developing and implementing renewable energy and green chemical technologies.

Graphical abstract: Technical, economic, and environmental potential of glycerol hydrogenolysis: a roadmap towards sustainable green chemistry future
From the themed collection: Biorefining
Paper

Highly selective production of bio-jet fuel grade alkanes over an Fe/SiO2–Al2O3 solid acid catalyst under solvent-free conditions

Fatty acid-based biomass is one of the most abundant organic carbon sources and has acquired significant attention as a renewable feedstock for producing renewable bio-jet fuel via hydrocatalytic processes.

Graphical abstract: Highly selective production of bio-jet fuel grade alkanes over an Fe/SiO2–Al2O3 solid acid catalyst under solvent-free conditions
From the themed collection: Biorefining
Paper

Effect of ZrO2/CeO2 mixed oxides on fuel gas production during self-sustaining smouldering combustion of lignocellulosic wastes

This study investigates the catalytic effects of ZrO2/CeO2 mixed oxides on product gases produced via self-sustaining smouldering combustion of lignocellulosic biomass.

Graphical abstract: Effect of ZrO2/CeO2 mixed oxides on fuel gas production during self-sustaining smouldering combustion of lignocellulosic wastes
From the themed collection: Biorefining
Paper

Molecular understanding of Eubacterium limosum chemostat methanol metabolism

Methanol is a promising renewable energy carrier that can be used as a favourable substrate for biotechnology, due to its high energy efficiency conversion and ease of integration within existing infrastructure.

Graphical abstract: Molecular understanding of Eubacterium limosum chemostat methanol metabolism
From the themed collection: Biorefining
Paper

Solar energy driven C–C bond cleavage in a lignin model compound with a D–π–A organic dye-sensitized photoanode

This study reports the solar light-driven activation of a bicyclic aminoxyl mediator to achieve C–C bond cleavage of a lignin model compound at room temperature using a donor–π-conjugated bridge–acceptor organic dye-based photoelectrochemical system.

Graphical abstract: Solar energy driven C–C bond cleavage in a lignin model compound with a D–π–A organic dye-sensitized photoanode
From the themed collection: Biorefining
Open Access Paper

A self-assembled molecularly triboelectronegative cellulose nanofiber material with ultrahigh contact triboelectrification for the design of green triboelectric nanogenerators

A novel green TENG with modified CNF as the electronegative tribolayer was prepared and can be used as a self-powered power module for wearable electronics.

Graphical abstract: A self-assembled molecularly triboelectronegative cellulose nanofiber material with ultrahigh contact triboelectrification for the design of green triboelectric nanogenerators
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
Open Access Paper

Synthesis of a high-density jet fuel with creosol and formaldehyde

Jet fuel-range C14 and C15 dicycloalkanes are synthesized for the first time with creosol and formaldehyde, two platform compounds that can be derived from lignocellulose.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis of a high-density jet fuel with creosol and formaldehyde
From the themed collection: Biorefining
Paper

Ultrasound-assisted low-temperature catalytic lignin-first depolymerization of pine wood biomass to selectively produce propyl guaiacol

Lignin-first depolymerization of biomass using reductive catalytic fractionation is a promising option for the biorefinery as it selectively converts lignin to value-added phenolic monomers while preserving the carbohydrate fraction.

Graphical abstract: Ultrasound-assisted low-temperature catalytic lignin-first depolymerization of pine wood biomass to selectively produce propyl guaiacol
From the themed collection: Biorefining
Paper

A CoPd nanoalloy embedded N-doped porous carbon catalyst for the selective reduction and reductive amination of levulinic acid using formic acid in water

Formic acid-mediated levulinic acid valorization was conducted using a CoPd nanoalloy embedded N-doped carbon catalyst for the production of γ-valerolactone and pyrrolidones.

Graphical abstract: A CoPd nanoalloy embedded N-doped porous carbon catalyst for the selective reduction and reductive amination of levulinic acid using formic acid in water
From the themed collection: Biorefining
Open Access Paper

Mechanocatalytic partial depolymerization of lignocellulosic feedstock towards oligomeric glycans

In this work mechanocatalytic partial depolymerization is used to obtain glycans from lignocellulosic feedstocks, e.g. beet pulp. Thereby the yield of the glycans is increased, and can be increased further with a suitable pre-treatment.

Graphical abstract: Mechanocatalytic partial depolymerization of lignocellulosic feedstock towards oligomeric glycans
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
Paper

WOx/ZrOx functionalised periodic mesoporous organosilicas as water-tolerant catalysts for carboxylic acid esterification

Kicking out water: optimising the interaction between support hydrophobicity and surface acid sites in WOx/ZrOx/PMO catalysts unlocks an efficient route for the upgrading of low-quality waste bio-oil feedstocks to biodiesel.

Graphical abstract: WOx/ZrOx functionalised periodic mesoporous organosilicas as water-tolerant catalysts for carboxylic acid esterification
From the themed collection: Spotlight on Women in Energy
Paper

Continuous flow hydrogenolysis of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural into 2,5-dimethylfuran over alumina-supported nickel–iron alloy catalysts

Continuous hydrogenolysis of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural to 2,5-dimethylfuran is successfully developed and demonstrated using alumina-supported nickel–iron alloy catalysts with in situ observation of the structural transformation.

Graphical abstract: Continuous flow hydrogenolysis of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural into 2,5-dimethylfuran over alumina-supported nickel–iron alloy catalysts
From the themed collection: Biorefining
Paper

Ethanol to diesel: a sustainable alternative for the heavy-duty transportation sector

Ethanol is catalytically upgraded to diesel.

Graphical abstract: Ethanol to diesel: a sustainable alternative for the heavy-duty transportation sector
From the themed collection: Biorefining
Paper

Effect of surfactant addition on disperser disintegration of water hyacinth: a new insight to overcome the inhibitory effects of lignin on methanogenesis and improve the energy and economic aspects

A cost- and time-saving strategy for the recovery of biomethane from water hyacinth using an energy-efficient combined pretreatment.

Graphical abstract: Effect of surfactant addition on disperser disintegration of water hyacinth: a new insight to overcome the inhibitory effects of lignin on methanogenesis and improve the energy and economic aspects
From the themed collection: Biorefining
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About this collection


Sustainable Energy & Fuels is pleased to celebrate the excellent energy research being carried out by the global biorefining community.

Guest Edited by Karen Wilson (Griffith University, Australia, ORCiD: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4873-708X), George W. Huber (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, ORCiD: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7838-6893), Muxina Konarova (University of Queensland, Australia, ORCiD: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1308-420X)  and Jason Y. C. Lim (A*STAR, NUS, Singapore, ORCiD: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8020-1720), this collection spans, but is not limited to, biomass/waste pre-treatment, bio-derived materials, bio-derived chemicals, and advanced biofuels research.

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