Introduction to Chemicals from Biomass, Second Editionpresents an overview of the use of biorenewable resources in the21st century for the manufacture of chemical products, materialsand energy. The book demonstrates that biomass is essentially arich mixture of chemicals and materials and, as such, has atremendous potential as feedstock for making a wide range ofchemicals and materials with applications in industries frompharmaceuticals to furniture.
Completely revised and updated to reflect recent developments,this new edition begins with an introduction to the biorefineryconcept, followed by chapters addressing the various types ofavailable biomass feedstocks, including waste, and the differentpre-treatment and processing technologies being developed to turnthese feedstocks into platform chemicals, polymers, materials andenergy. The book concludes with a discussion on the policies andstrategies being put in place for delivering the so-calledBioeconomy.
Introduction to Chemicals from Biomass is a valuableresource for academics, industrial scientists and policy-makersworking in the areas of industrial biotechnology, biorenewables,chemical engineering, fine and bulk chemical production,agriculture technologies, plant science, and energy and powergeneration.
We need to reduce our dependence on fossil resources andincreasingly derive all the chemicals we take for granted and usein our daily life from biomass – and we must make sure thatwe do this using green chemistry and sustainable technologies!
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Topics covered include:
• The biorefinery concept
• Biomass feedstocks
• Pre-treatment technologies
• Platform molecules from renewable resources
• Polymers from bio-based monomers
• Bio-based energy production
Praise for the 1st edition:
“Drawing on the expertise of the authors the bookinvolves a degree of plant biology and chemical engineering, whichillustrates the multidisciplinary nature of the topicbeautifully” - Chemistry World