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The role of catalysis for the sustainable production of bio-fuels and bio-chemicals.


The role of catalysis for the sustainable production of bio-fuels and bio-chemicals.

Ed. by Kostas S. Triantafyllidis, Angelos A. Lappas, and Michael Stocker.



594 pages




Catalysis, long used for the production of bulk and fine chemicals in petroleum-derived organic synthesis, also has the potential to speed turnover of processes involving biological materials. In this reference for academic and industrial researchers, editors Triantafyllidis (chemistry, Aristotle U. of Thessaloniki, Greece), Lappas (chemical processes & energy resources, Center for Research and Technology, Greece), and Stocker (materials & chemistry, SINTEF, Norway) explore the applications of catalysis to "green chemistry" processes for the production of sustainable biofuels and bio-chemicals. The primary focus is on lignocellulosic biomass feeds, however, vegetable oil-to-fuel conversion and biodiesel production are also discussed. Processes of refinement, pyrolysis, pretreatment, acid catalysis, depolymerization, hydrotreatment, enzyme catalysis, steam reforming, metabolic engineering, and photocatalytic hydrogen production are covered. Connections are made where appropriate to common organic synthesis methods, such as heterogeneous catalysis and utilization of syngas.

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Date:Oct 1, 2013
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