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Recent Advances in Biochar and Carbon-Based Materials Characteristics and Environment Applications

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Dr. Tongtong Wang, Institute for Interdisciplinary and Innovate Research, Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology, China

Tongtong Wang, Doctor of Engineering. He has published 35 academic papers, including 14 SCI papers, with a cumulative impact factor of over 80 and more than 520 citations, 2 EI papers (one of which has been awarded the certificate of China's top scientific and technological journals top academic papers F5000 program), 4 Chinese core papers, and more than 10 papers with co-authors. The first inventor authorized patent 1, co-editor of a water monograph step. He has presided over 3 scientific research projects such as sub-projects of Shaanxi Provincial Key Research and Development Program and Chongqing Key Laboratory Open Fund, and participated in more than 10 scientific research projects or lateral projects of the unit. his H-index is 14, and he has received more than 40 awards at the university level and above, and he is currently serving as a topic advisor and guest editor of an academic journal. Currently, he is the subject advisor and guest editor of some journals, and has reviewed more than 80 times for more than 20 well-known SCI journals and Chinese journals, and has collaborated with scholars from Germany and India. His specialties are water treatment engineering, environmental materials science, environmental catalysis, soil remediation, and environmental chemistry.


Nowadays, Environmental pollution, especially water and soil pollution, has become one of the great threats to the ecological environment and human health, and is also a research hotspot for global scholars. All this leads to the search for materials with ever-higher efficiency. Carbon-based materials (e.g., biochar) might be one such profitable product. Biomass wastes (agricultural waste, animal waste, wood waste, etc.) are known as organic precursors for the production of carbon materials due to their low cost, accessibility, ubiquity, renewable nature, and environmental friendliness. Biochar and carbon-based materials have beneficial physicochemical features, high generation and conversion of heat and energy, advantageous agronomic properties, and high efficiency in water purification from xenobiotics. All properites and applications are influenced by factors, such as the type of pyrolysis conditions, and type of feedstocks. With the rapid development of environmental science and materials chemistry, novel biochar or carbon-based materials have shown excellent performance, such as new adsorbents, photocatalysts, functional filter membranes, modified functional fibers, soil conditioners, water retention agents and other composites and hybrids nanomaterials have been widely used in the fields of environmental protection and agriculture. The removal effects, interfacial reactions, migration transformation, and mechanisms during its application have also attracted extensive discussions among readers, which are beneficial for cross-disciplinary development.


We expect to provide a platform for researchers to disseminate the recent advances used in biochar and carbon-based materials for material characteristics and environmental applications. Original articles, reviews, case studies, short communications, and perspective articles are encouraged. Including but not limited to the following topics:


(a) From biomass to carbon-based materials (procedure of synthesis, pyrolysis conditions, thermal methods, type of feedstock, physicochemical, and surface characteristics);

(b) Energy and heat performance of carbon-rich materials;

(c) Purification of water: adsorption/desorption of adsorbates in mono, binary, or multisystem on carbonaceous solid in aqueous media (impact of various factors on the process, organic and inorganic adsorbates, modelling using kinetic equations and isotherms of adsorption equilibrium, and regeneration of solids);

(d) Applications as soil amendment: impact on physicochemical properties of soil, plant growth, and decontamination of xenobiotics,

(e) Other innovative and practical applications for carbon-based materials.


Bio-based materials, bio-based nanomaterials, organic wastes, top-down approaches, environmental friendly application, valorization, waste bioeconomy, circular economy

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