Synopses & Reviews
There is increasing recognition that low-cost, high capacity processes for the conversion of biomass into fuels and chemicals are essential for expanding the utilization of carbon neutral processes, reducing dependency on fossil fuel resources, and increasing rural income. While much attention has focused on the use of biomass to produce ethanol via fermentation, high capacity processes are also required for the production of hydrocarbon fuels and chemicals from lignocellulosic biomass. In this context, this book provides an up-to-date overview of the thermochemical methods available for biomass conversion to liquid fuels and chemicals. In addition to traditional conversion technologies such as fast pyrolysis, new developments are considered, including catalytic routes for the production of liquid fuels from carbohydrates and the use of ionic liquids for lignocellulose utilization. Written by a team of international experts this book will be an essential reference for advanced and postgraduate level students, chemical and biological engineers, energy researchers, agricultural and environmental scientists from academia, industry and government.
This book is an up-to-date overview of the thermochemical methods available for biomass conversion to liquid fuels an dchemicals.
This book offers an up-to-date examination of traditional conversion technologies such as fast pyrolysis, and new developments including catalytic routes for producing liquid fuels from carbohydrates and use of ionic liquids for lignocellulose utilization.
This up-to-date overview on the conversion of thermochemical biomass to fuels and chemicals is written by experts in the field.
This book focuses on the conversion of thermochemical biomass to fuels and chemicals. Biomass utilization for the production of fuels is currently an area of intense research activity. Given societal concerns surrounding global warming and the desire for reduced dependence on imported foreign oil, this is likely to continue. This up-to-date overview of the subject is written by experts in the field. Every chapter provides an introduction to each topic before going on to describe the latest research developments. Broad in scope, the book will make essential reading for students, academics and industrialists with an interest in the field.
About the Author
Mark Crocker is an Associate Director at the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research, where he leads the Biofuels and Environmental Catalysis research program. He has four years experience in the field of biomass upgrading research and recently organized and taught a professional short course concerning this subject. He has also worked in industry and previously held posts as an R&D Manager for the Automotive Catalyst Division of OMG Corp (formerly Degussa) and as a Senior Research Chemist at the Shell Research and Technology Centre in Amsterdam. Mark Crocker holds a BSc in Chemistry and PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Bristol. He is a member of several scholarly societies and has contributed to numerous journal articles and conferences.
Table of Contents
Introduction; Background; Feedstocks: Availability, Composition, and Impact on Catalysis; Biomass Pretreatment; Biochemical Catalysis; Chemical Catalysis; Thermochemical Catalysis; Hybrid Technologies; Summary and Future Directions