International Journal of Chemical Engineering

Recent Trends in Integrated Biorefineries Development for Sustainable Production

Publishing date
15 Aug 2014
Submission deadline
28 Mar 2014

1Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Arkansas, 3202 Bell Engineering Center, Fayetteville, AR 72701-1201, USA

2Industrial Process and Energy Systems Engineering, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Station 9, 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland

3School of Food Engineering (LASEFI/DEA/FEA), University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Cidade Universitária “Zeferino Vaz”, Rua Monteiro Lobato 80, 13083-862 Campinas, SP, Brazil

4Centre of Engineering, Modelling and Social Sciences, Federal University of ABC (CECS/UFABC), Avenida dos Estados 5001, 09210-580 Santo André, SP, Brazil

Recent Trends in Integrated Biorefineries Development for Sustainable Production


Biorefinery applications gather several important and very diverse fields of research: biofuels production, process engineering, biotechnology, agronomy, and environmental impact assessment, among others. The highly interdisciplinary dimension of the biorefinery concept makes it extremely difficult to have an overview of the research activities in this field. Moreover, the diversity of pretreatment, conversion, and separation processes available to transform biomass into added-value chemicals and biofuels becomes more and more important. Furthermore, there is an important lack of tools and actors to build the necessary interface between research laboratories and industries (chemical industries, forestry industries, and food industries). This creates the risk of seeing the biomass resource used only for easy and cheap applications like heating, missing the opportunities of a more valuable use of this limited resource. In this fertile research area, we welcome original research papers and review articles for this special issue.

This special issue will focus on the design and development of integrated facilities producing multiple products from biomass. The potential of the use a mix of biomass feedstocks to yield a wide variety of products by employing a combination of technologies (e.g., chemical and/or biological transformations, extractions, and separations) in integrated biorefineries will be discussed. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Extraction of valuable secondary metabolites from agricultural (sugarcane bagasse, corn stover, rice straw, etc.) and marine (microalgae) biomasses
  • Production of valuable coproducts in biorefineries including chemicals, energy, and materials (nanowhiskers, etc.)
  • Nontraditional methods of biomass processing based on green technologies: microwave, ultrasound, sub/supercritical fluids, ionic liquids, and so on
  • Design of future biorefineries using nontraditional biomasses
  • Catalysis and catalytic processes in biorefinery
  • Reactor types, modeling, and design of multiphase reactors for bioconversion
  • Process intensification in biorefineries
  • Process simulation, integration, modeling, and optimization techniques applied for biomass valorization
  • Environmental sustainability and economic analysis of emerging bioproducts production processes

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  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 258057
  • - Editorial

Recent Trends in Integrated Biorefineries Development for Sustainable Production

Diego T. Santos | Adriano V. Ensinas | ... | M. Angela A. Meireles
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 684296
  • - Research Article

Experimental Study on Calcium Hydroxide-Assisted Delignification of Hydrothermally Treated Sweet Sorghum Bagasse

Jiby Kudakasseril Kurian | Yvan Gariepy | ... | G. S. Vijaya Raghavan
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 310285
  • - Research Article

Growing Chlorella vulgaris in Photobioreactor by Continuous Process Using Concentrated Desalination: Effect of Dilution Rate on Biochemical Composition

Ângelo Paggi Matos | Regina Coeli de Oliveira Torres | ... | Ernani Sebastião Sant’Anna
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 543529
  • - Review Article

Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Production: Combine Effluent Treatment with Energy Generation in UASB Reactor as Biorefinery Annex

Mauro Berni | Ivo Dorileo | ... | Breno G. M. Santos
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 180681
  • - Research Article

Bioethanol Production from Sugarcane Bagasse by a Novel Brazilian Pentose Fermenting Yeast Scheffersomyces shehatae UFMG-HM 52.2: Evaluation of Fermentation Medium

F. A. F. Antunes | A. K. Chandel | ... | S. S. da Silva
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 537408
  • - Research Article

A New Proposal of Cellulosic Ethanol to Boost Sugarcane Biorefineries: Techno-Economic Evaluation

Juliana Q. Albarelli | Adriano V. Ensinas | Maria A. Silva
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