Call for Papers

Novel integrated/hybrid biorefineries/systems for resource recovery, carbon capture/recycling, and biomass production for biofuels and biochemicals

Submission deadline: Saturday, 30 November 2024

Employing microalgae, cyanobacteria, plants, microbial consortia, and plant-microbe based hybrid systems for resource recovery, carbon recycling, and cascading processing of the biomass as a feedstock into biofuels and bioproducts have been considered as one of the promising strategies to reduce the cost of biofuels and to lower the carbon and water footprints. The biomass could be feedstock to produce liquid fuels, biohydrogen, biogas, and other energy products, however, achieving the cost-effectiveness during the biotransformation of the biomass into biofuels and biochemicals remains challenging due to expensive cultivation, difficult harvesting, and single-product oriented downstream processing. Hence, it is required to establish multiproduct biorefineries integrated with wastewater treatment systems, where excessive nutrient of the wastewater will be bio-transformed into valuable biomass along with primary treatment of wastewater. The biomass can be subjected to a cascading downstream processing leaving zero (or at least minimum) waste at the end of processing pipeline. Hence, detailed studies focusing on the technical, environmental, economics, market analyses, and commercialization are needed to optimize the processes and upstream, midstream, and downstream scales. Accordingly, this special issue welcomes the original research and review articles focusing on the process optimization, process upscaling, and addressing all the challenges to establish multiproduct cascading biorefineries to achieve the commercial robustness while keeping the water-energy-environment nexus intact. Accordingly, submissions focusing following topics are welcomed:

Topics for this call for papers include but not restricted to:

  • Novel approaches to reduce the water and carbon footprints during the transformation of biomass to biofuels and biochemicals
  • Novel green approaches/techniques for the extraction, purification, processing, storage, and to improve the stability of the various bioproducts employing cascading zero-waste approaches
  • Cutting edge technologies to develop integrated/hybrid systems for efficient resource recovery & recycling
  • Cutting edge technologies to develop integrated/hybrid systems for efficient carbon capture on permanent basis, or for recycling purposes
  • Technoeconomic analyses of the integrated-cascading biorefineries to determine/decide the suitable size of the biorefinery
  • Life cycle assessments to determine the scale / size of the biorefineries to achieve maximum cost-benefit output while maintaining the food-energy-environment nexus sustainable
  • Multidisciplinary approaches for the process optimization/ process upscaling to improve the commercial robustness
  • Focusing the pharmaceutical/nutraceutical bioactive compounds as valuable component of the cascading biorefineries, developing zero (minimum) waste approaches involving recycling of the biorefinery waste into the downstream processing pipeline
  • Use of modeling, simulation, artificial intelligence to establish, optimize, process optimization/upscaling
  • Assessing the environmental and biodiversity related impacts of the future cascading biorefineries

Guest Editors:

Dr. Deepanraj Balakrishnan
Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University
Saudi Arabia

Dr. Muhammad Aamer Mehmood
Government College University Faisalabad

Dr. Hwai Chyuan Ong
Sunway University

Dr. Abdelfatah Abomohra
University of Hamburg

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