Special Issue "Hydrogen Production from Biomass through Thermochemical Techniques"

Submission Deadline: 30 July 2022
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Guest Editors
Kuo Zeng, Associate Professor, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China.
Kuo Zeng is a specialist in Biomass Thermochemical Conversion driven by concentrated solar energy. He received his Ph.D. degree in Energy and Environmental Engineering from Processes, Materials and Solar Energy Laboratory, PROMES-CNRS France in 2016. Prof. Zeng’s research interests mainly focus on solar gasification and solar pyrolysis of carbonaceous feedstocks for solar fuel production. He has published more than 43 papers in SCI indexed papers and one chapter to date. He has also achieved fifteen invention patents in China.

Anqing Zheng, Associate Professor, Deputy Director of Laboratory of Waste Treatment and Resource Utilization, Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China.
Dr. Anqing Zheng is an associate professor within the Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He received his Ph.D. degree from State Key Laboratory of Heavy Oil Processing, China University of Petroleum. His main research thrusts are the development of economical processes to produce renewable chemicals and liquid fuels from biomass waste. He has published over 130 peer-reviewed articles. He has been cited over 3400 times in his career.


Hydrogen is considered as a zero-emission fuel when produced through biomass thermochemical conversion. Prominent thermochemical methods i.e. pyrolysis, gasification, supercritical water gasification, hydrothermal upgrading followed by steam gasification, bio-oil reforming, and pyrolysis inline reforming have received significant attention. Recent research trend has been oriented to get high yield and improved quality of hydrogen from biomass. Nevertheless, the high energy input and poor conversion of biomass to hydrogen-rich syngas increase its cost. In order to fulfill the energy demand in a sustainable and clean manner, it is necessary to develop the technology for the production. Different reaction schemes involved in cracking, reforming, pyrolysis, and co-pyrolysis processes can be thermodynamically controlled after understanding the reaction mechanism. Understanding the reaction mechanism and implementing the optimized process parameters and suitable biomass, an appropriate quantity of hydrogen can be produced economically.


This Special Issue, hydrogen production from biomass through thermochemical techniques, seeks high-quality works and topics on a better understanding of reaction mechanism involved in biomass thermochemical conversion. This special issue also considers manuscripts that provide concepts or methodology that can be utilized for the engineering of hydrogen production from biomass. Also, it covers various influences of biomass type, process parameters and operating conditions responsible for high yield of hydrogen production. The scope of interests includes but it is not limited to the following topics:

1. Thermochemical methods

2. Concepts or methodology for hydrogen production

3. Reaction mechanism of biomass thermochemical conversion

4. Catalyst for hydrogen production

5. Process simulation

Biomass; Hydrogen production; Thermochemical; Gasification; Pyrolysis; Catalysts