Special Issue "Advances in Biomass Energy Resources to Produce Valuable Chemicals"

A special issue of Resources (ISSN 2079-9276).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 October 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Muhammad Sajjad Ahmad
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Guest Editor
1. School of Energy and Environmental Engineering, Hebei Univeristy of Technology, Tianjin, China
2. Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1, Canada
Interests: thermochemical conversion; machine learning; kinetic modeling; biofuels; value chain analysis
Prof. Dr. Ali Elkamel
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Guest Editor
Dr. Hesham Alhumade
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Guest Editor
Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Interests: polymer composites; corrosion protection; fluid dynamics; catalyst; lubricant; oil upgrading; bio-fuel

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The valorization of biomass has seen eminent success in the past couple of decades in several countries, such as China, the US, Canada, Brazil, and Germany. Energy recovery is challenging because of the large variety of biomass feedstocks and complex chemical structures. However, a considerable amount of research into low-carbon and carbon neutral technology is being undertaken. This includes a range of biomass conversion technologies, such as gasification, anaerobic digestion, coal-fired boilers and power plants, and biomass to ethanol (and other transportation fuels). It is then natural to question which combination of technologies and types of biomass, and their locations, lead to the most efficient (e.g., cost-effective) route for the growth of the biobased energy sector both domestically and internationally.

The current Special Issue focuses on aspects including but not limited to pyrolysis, gasification, combustion, and fermentation to extract useful chemicals from biomass as a potential candidate for bioenergy generation. We specifically invite papers on process optimization techniques, including embedded biorefinery approaches through machine learning, as well as life cycle assessment and technoeconomic pathways to explore market potential and development strategies.

The key research topics in the Special Issue include but are not limited to:

(1) Thermochemical conversion technologies to produce biochemical and biobased products;

(2) Integrated biorefinery approaches including machine learning for advance biochemicals;

(3) Kinetic modeling and value chain analysis;

(4) Biofuel characterization;

(5) Life cycle assessment of a product;

(6) Experimental approaches including Py-GCMS, HPLC, XRD, and NMR results;

(7) Technoeconomic and market potential analysis on advance biobased materials.

Dr. Muhammad Sajjad Ahmad
Prof. Dr. Ali Elkamel
Dr. Hesham Alhumade
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • biomass valorization
  • machine learning
  • kinetic modeling
  • pyrolysis
  • gasification
  • value chain analysis
  • cost and benefit analysis

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Multi-products Productions from Malaysian Oil Palm Empty Fruit Bunch (EFB): Selection for Optimal Process and Transportation Mode
Authors: Abdulhalim Abdulrazik 1; Muhamad Fariz Failaka 2; Ali Elkamel 2
Affiliation: 1 Faculty of Chemical and Process Engineerimg Technology, Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Gambang, Pahang, Malaysia.
2 Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Abstract: Oil palm industries have played significant roles in the economic sectors and for the nation’s developments as a whole. One aspect of these industries that is gaining growing interests is oil palm residues management and bio-based products generations. EFB has been identified to be a feasible raw material for productions of bio-energy, bio-chemicals and bio-materials. In this paper, the previous deterministic model was extended to include decisions for selecting optimal transportation modes and processes at each level of processing stage in the supply chain. The superstructure was modified to show states of produced products whether solid, liquid or gaseous, in which truck, train, barge or pipeline would be possible optimal mode of transportations. The objective function was to maximize profit that has counted associated costs including the emission treatment costs from productions and transportations. The optimal profit was $ 1,561,106,613 per year for single ownership of all facilities in the supply chain.

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