Special Issue "Biochar Based Materials for a Green Future"

Submission Deadline: 31 December 2021
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Guest Editors
Zhen Fang, Professor, Nanjing Agricultural University, China.
Zhen Fang is a Professor and Leader of the Biomass Group at Nanjing Agricultural University. Professor Fang specializes in thermal/biochemical conversion of biomass, nanocatalyst synthesis and their applications, pretreatment of biomass for biorefineries, and supercritical fluid processes. He holds Ph.D.s from China Agricultural University and McGill University.

Lijian Leng, Professor, School of Energy Science and Engineering, Central South University, China.
Lijian Leng is a Professor at the School of Energy Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha, China. His interest focuses on biochar/hydrochar production from biomass and the upgrading of theses carbon materials for applications in energy and environment.

Buchun Si, Associate Professor, College of Water Resource and Civil Engineering, China Agricultural University, China.
Buchun Si is an Associate Professor at the College of Water Resource and Civil Engineering, China Agricultural University, Beijing, China. His current researches concentrate on hydrothermal conversion of biowaste for biofuels and value-added products production, and biochar accelerated anaerobic conversion.

Tengfei Wang, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Geosciences and Environmental Engineering, Southwest JiaoTong University, China.
Dr. Tengfei Wang is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Geosciences and Environmental Engineering, Southwest JiaoTong University, Chengdu, China. His current work focuses on hydrochar for biofuel production, activated carbon preparation, upgrading and modification of biochar/hydrochar, electrochemical materials, and catalysts.

Summary

Over the past 20 years, thermal conversion techniques have been developed as effective ways for the valorization of biowaste and biomass to valuable products and minimization of the environmental burden. As one of the most critical products, bio/hydro-char shows advantages in the fields of environmental remediation, energy storage, carbon-based materials, and chemical catalysis. In particular, the natural diversity of biomass and post modifications brings infinite possibilities to the utilization of bio/hydro-char materials. The material science and engineering is expecting the fast development of green process and sustainable precursors such as renewable biomass.

 

This special issue aims to collect recent outstanding works in the field. Topics of interest include but not limited to pyrolysis and hydrothermal conversion or a catalytical process for biochar production, and potential applications of bio/hydro-char material that are related to biodegradation, carbon capture and CO2 adsorption, enhancement of anaerobic digestion, soil remediation and crop productivity improvement, electrochemical materials preparation, activated carbon preparation for environmental pollutants removal including organics and heavy metals and organics, energy storage and solid biofuel, nano-biochar materials utilizations and co-work with nano materials.

 

This thematic issue will provide guidance for new knowledge and development of a green future for bio/hydro-char materials applications in environmental protection and energy sustainability.


Keywords
Biomass and biowaste; Thermal conversion; Bio/Hydro-char materials; Energy storage; Biofuel