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Renewable Nanostructured Porous Materials: Synthesis, Processing, and Applications

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Gisele Amaral-Labat, Doctor, National Institute of Space Research (INPE), Brazil
Dr. Gisele Amaral-Labat is a Researcher at the National Institute of Space Research (INPE), Brazil, within the MAPA team, presenting an H-index of 17 (Web of Science-2022). She graduated in Chemistry Engineering and obtained her MSc. in industrial biotechnology at the University of São Paulo-USP (Brazil). She obtained her Ph.D. at ENSTIB in France, developing porous materials, and did two postdoctoral fellowships at the University of São Paulo-USP. In 2018, she was the Brazilian representative at the "2nd BRICS Young Scientist Forum" in China in the Materials field, invited by the Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology. The principal subject of her research is developing new carbon porous materials from renewable resources for specific applications after their characterization.

Flavia Lega Braghiroli, Professor, University of Québec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT), Canada
Dr. Flavia Lega Braghiroli is currently a regular professor in the field of forest bioproducts at the University of Québec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT), Québec, Canada. She was involved in several projects and research groups in different countries: first in Brazil, where she obtained a Brazilian Research Scholarship during her Chemical Engineering studies, then in the United Kingdom, where she completed her Master's Degree in Pollution and Monitoring (EU-Egypt Scholarship), and subsequently in France, where she worked on different projects and gained a variety of experience with several syntheses, characterization, and application methods for organic and carbon materials. Her former research positions were as a laboratory coordinator at the Industrial Waste Technology Center (CTRI) and postdoctoral researcher (Banting Fellowship 2017-2019) at UQAT in collaboration with CTRI. Her research interests include the synthesis, characterization, and application of bio-based and carbonaceous materials in the multidisciplinary fields of science and engineering, green chemistry, environmental science, and bioenergy.


Nanostructured porous materials are of great interest due to their diversified final applicability. The versatile and tunable properties of porous materials, such as surface area, electrical conductivity, lightweight, and chemical stability, are advantageous for applications in different areas, including biomedicine, aerospace and aircraft technologies, catalytic processes, energy storage, soil remediation, purification of water, and wastewater treatment, among others. The increased number of new technologies for the development of new materials, processes, and composites raise awareness of environmental issues because most of the nanostructured materials are based on synthetic and non-renewable sources. This leads to the search for technological innovations in the development of sustainable materials. Therefore, current research in renewable, biobased, and nanostructured materials is a hot topic in light of a circular economy.
This research topic aims to compile a collection of articles based on renewable nanostructured materials. The scope of interests includes but is not limited to the research areas above.


Carbon materials; Nanostructured materials; Graphene; Carbon nanotubes; Covalent organic frameworks (COFs); Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs)

Published Papers

  • Open Access


    Naturally Nitrogen-Doped Biochar Made from End-of-Life Wood Panels for SO2 Gas Depollution

    Hamdi Hachicha, Mamadou Dia, Hassine Bouafif, Ahmed Koubaa, Mohamed Khlif, Flavia Lega Braghiroli
    Journal of Renewable Materials, Vol.11, No.11, pp. 3807-3829, 2023, DOI:10.32604/jrm.2023.029454
    (This article belongs to this Special Issue: Renewable Nanostructured Porous Materials: Synthesis, Processing, and Applications)
    Abstract Reconstituted wood panels have several advantages in terms of ease of manufacturing, but their shorter life span results in a huge amount of reconstituted wood panels being discarded in sorting centers yearly. Currently, the most common approach for dealing with this waste is incineration. In this study, reconstituted wood panels were converted into activated biochar through a two-step thermochemical process: (i) biochar production using pilot scale fast pyrolysis at 250 kg/h and 450°C; and (ii) a physical activation at three temperatures (750°C, 850°C and 950°C) using an in-house activation furnace (1 kg/h). Results showed that the first stage removed about… More >

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    Naturally Nitrogen-Doped Biochar Made from End-of-Life Wood Panels for SO<sub>2</sub> Gas Depollution

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