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Integrated Forest Biorefineries: Challenges and Opportunities (Rsc Green Chemistry)by Lew Christopher
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Integrated Forest Biorefineries: Challenges and Opportunities describes how bioprocessing and biotechnology could enhance the value extracted from wood-based lignocellulosic fiber by employing both biochemical and thermochemical conversion processes. It documents recent accomplishments and suggests future prospects for research and development of integrated forest biorefineries (IFBR) as the path forward for the pulp, paper and other fiber-processing industries. This is the only book to cover this area of high economic, social, and environmental importance. It is aimed at industrialists and academics from diverse science and engineering backgrounds including chemical and biotechnology companies, governmental and professional bodies, and scholarly societies. The Editor and contributors are internationally recognized scientists and many are leaders in their respective fields. The book starts with an introductory overview of the current state of forest biorefining, technological challenges and perspectives for future developments. The next three chapters deal with economic, environmental and sustainability issues related to policy regulations, biomass production, supply chains, product development and market conditions for the forest products industry. The subsequent four chapters focus on the selective removal of hemicellulose, lignin and extractives from woody biomass and their potential utilization through economic modeling and process integration to obtain biofuels and value-added bioproducts. The last three chapters review the latest developments in utilization of woody biomass for production of hydrocarbon fuels through gasification and pyrolysis; biohydrogen by anaerobic dark fermentation; and bio-based composite materials. The economics of the described IFBR processes and products, and their environmental impact, is a major focus in most of the chapters. Practical examples are presented where relevant and applicable.
This book documents the recent accomplishments of integrated forest biorefineries and their future in the pulp, paper, and fiber-processing industries.
This book describes how bioprocessing and biotechnology could enhance the value extracted from wood-based lignocellulosic fiber by employing biochemical and thermochemical methods. It documents recent accomplishments and suggests future potential for integrated forest biorefineries (IFBR) in the pulp, paper and other fiber-processing industries. This is the only book to cover this area of high economic, social and environmental importance. It targets a wide readership of industrialists and academics with different science and engineering backgrounds. The Editor and contributors are internationally recognized scientists and many are leaders in their respective fields.
About the Author
Professor Lew P. Christopher has twenty years experience in wood science, the pulp and paper industry, biotechnology, and bioprocessing. His research output exceeds 230 scientific contributions including peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, technical reports, invited lectures, and conference presentations. He is also the inventor of several international patents. For eleven years, Professor Christopher worked in research and development at Sappi, a large international pulp and paper company. He was also Affiliate Professor at the University of the Free State and University of Pretoria in South Africa. Now Director of the Center for Bioprocessing Research and Development at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Professor Christopher leads a large team developing technologies for production of biomass-derived biofuels and value-added bioproducts. He is also on the Editorial Board of several international journals and is an active member of a number of professional societies. He has chaired sessions at various international biotechnology conferences and, in 2004, organized the 9th International Conference on Biotechnology in the Pulp and Paper Industry. Dr Christopher is currently serving on the National Science Foundation Industrial Advisory Board of the Industry-University Cooperative Research Center on BioEnergy R&D and on the International Scientific Advisory Committee on Renewable Resources and Biorefineries.
Table of Contents
Current state and development potential; Industrial sustainability; Economic and policy perspectives; Sustainability considerations for forest biomass feedstocks; Biomass supply, process modeling and life cycle analysis; Prehydrolysis pulping with fermentation coproducts; Niche position and opportunities for woody biomass conversion; Kraft-based biorefinery; Organosolv-based biorefinery; Bioconversion of pulp mill waste streams to ethanol and value-added products; Lignin recovery and lignin-based products; Gasification and pyrolysis for fuel and power production; Biohydrogen production from lignocellulosic waste; Integrated technologies for bio-based composites; Enzymatic valorization of plant-derived polymers.
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