Advances in Production of Biofuels

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An important current focus of research in biology, chemistry, engineering, agriculture, and environmental sciences is the development of clean technologies that utilize cellulosic biomass to the largest extent possible in a biorefinery setting as a substantial resource to produce sustainable liquid transportation fuels and chemicals. Of all sustainable resources, only biomass can be transformed into organic fuels and chemicals that can integrate well into our current transportation infrastructure with the inherent convenience, cost, and efficiency advantages of current fuels. Cellulosic biomass can be converted to fuels and chemicals by two major routes: (1) Thermochemical processes involving reactive intermediates other than sugars and lignin (e.g., synthesis gas, pyrolysis oil), and (2) Aqueous-phase processes involving reactive intermediates deconstructed from the structural components within biomass where the biopolymers are hydrolyzed and dissolved in water, including sugar-derived and lignin-derived simple molecules. These reactive intermediates can be upgraded biologically, catalytically, or thermochemically into fuels or chemicals.
This special issue calls for papers on advances in production of biofuels covering topics of biological, and thermochemical routes.

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The deadline for manuscript submission is 31 July 2015.

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