This book presents a comprehensive overview focused specifically on the present state, future challenges and opportunities for separation and purification methods and technologies in biorefineries.
Topics covered include:
Equilibrium Separations: Distillation, liquid-liquid extraction and supercritical fluid extraction.
Affinity-Based Separations: Adsorption, ion exchange, and simulated moving bed technologies.
Membrane Based Separations: Microfiltration, ultrafiltration and diafiltration, nanofiltration, membrane pervaporation, and membrane distillation.
Solid-liquid Separations: Conventional filtration and solid-liquid extraction.
Hybrid/Integrated Reaction-Separation Systems: Membrane bioreactors, extractive fermentation, reactive distillation and reactive absorption.
For each of these processes, the fundamental principles and design aspects are presented, followed by a detailed discussion and specific examples of applications in biorefineries. Each chapter also considers the market needs, industrial challenges, future opportunities, and economic importance of the separation and purification methods. The book concludes with a series of detailed case studies including cellulosic bioethanol production, extraction of algae oil from microalgae, and production of biopolymers.
Separation and Purification Technologies in Biorefineries is an essential resource for scientists and engineers, as well as researchers and academics working in the broader conventional and emerging bio-based products industry, including biomaterials, biochemicals, biofuels and bioenergy.
Keywords: Separations, Separation science, purification technology, biorefineries, biomass conversion processes, equilibrium based separation processes, distillation, liquid-liquid extraction, supercritical fluid extraction, affinity-based separation technologies, adsorption, ion exchange, simulated moving bed technology, chromatography, membrane separation, microfiltration, ultrafiltration, diafiltration, nanofiltration, membrane pervaporation, membrane distillation, solid-liquid separations, conventional filtration, solid-liquid extraction, hybrid reaction-separation systems, process intensification, membrane bioreactors, extractive fermentation, reactive distillation, reactive absorption, novel separation methods, petroleum refinery, bioresources, biomass, renewable fuels, sustainable fuels, sustainable chemical, sustainable materials, hemicelluloses,  , ethanol product separation, ethanol product dehydration, Shri Ramaswamy, cellulosic biomass to biofuels, energy, bioproducts, Huajiang Huang, energy engineering, B. V. Ramarao, chemical engineering, transport processes, separations technologies, environmental engineering.