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New Trends in Bio-oil Production, Conversion and Utilization

Submission Deadline: 30 September 2022 (closed)

Guest Editors

Yi Wang, Professor, State Key Laboratory of Coal Combustion, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China.

Dr. Yi Wang received his doctoral degree in Curtin University, Australia, in 2012. He also experienced a postdoctoral research fellowship at Fuels and Energy Technology Institute, Curtin University, Perth, Australia, during 2012-2014. His research interests have been focused on thermo-chemical conversion technologies of coal/biomass and municipal solid waste to renewable bio-fuels and value-added carbonaceous materials. He is hosting 5 national research projects and industrial projects. He has co-authored more than 140 papers in journals with the H index of 36. He received the first prize of Hubei Province Science and Technology Progress Award in 2018, the second prize of China Science and Technology Progress Award in 2019 and ‘Chutian Scholars’ Program.

Xun Hu, Professor, School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Jinan, China.

Dr. Xun Hu obtained his PhD degree from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2010. From 2010 to 2016, he worked in Fuels and Energy Technology Institute, Curtin University (Australia) as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow under the supervision of Professor Chun-Zhu Li and later hold a position of Curtin Research Fellow in Curtin University. Since October 2016, he joined University of Jinan (China) and established a research group. His major research interest includes the conversion of biomass into the functional carbon materials for the use in catalysis/energy storage, the development of heterogeneous catalysts for hydrogenation or acid-catalysis. He also works on pyrolysis/hydrolysis of biomass and the conversion of biomass to biofuels, value-added chemicals and carbon materials.

Yijun Zhao, Professor, School of Energy Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, China.

Dr. Yijun Zhao received his doctoral degree from Harbin Institute of Technology, China, in 2010. He also has CSC research experiences in Curtin University 2013-2014. His research interests are in biomass thermochemical conversion technologies, including biomass pyrolysis, biomass gasification, biomass tar reforming, etc. He has co-authored over 100 papers. He is also hosting 14 national research projects and industrial projects.

Shu Zhang, Professor, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing Forestry University, China.

Shu Zhang is a full Professor in Department of New Energy Science and Engineering, Nanjing Forestry University, China. He obatined PhD degree in Chemical Engineering from Monash University, Australia in 2010. Before moving back to China, he has been working as a postdoctoral research fellow in Curtin University,Australia and Kyushu University, Japan for nearly 6 years in total. His main research target is to efficiently convert low rank fuels (e.g. biomass) into clean energy and functional carbon materials via thermochemical means. He has co-authored more than 100 journal articles, and currently acting as Managing Editor for Fuel Processing Technology.

Dongdong Feng, Professor, School of Energy Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, China.

Dr. Dongdong Feng received his doctoral degree from Harbin Institute of Technology, China, in 2018. He also has CSC research experiences in University of Nottingham during 2017-2018. His research interests are in biomass thermochemical conversion technologies, including biomass catalytic reforming to produce hydrogen/biochar, carbon dioxide capture, utilization and storage (CCUS), micro-nano mesoscopic scale reaction simulation and control etc. He has co-authored over 60 SCI papers and over 10 EI papers. He is also hosting 8 national research projects and industrial projects.

Bo Zhang, Professor, School of Energy and Environment, Southeast University, China.

Dr. Bo Zhang received his PhD degree from Southeast University in 2016. He is an associate professor and graduate faculty of key laboratory of energy thermal conversion and control of ministry of education at the Southeast University. His research is on discovering and applying novel approaches for renewable energy and value-added process development from biomass. Dr. Zhang’s research activities include biomass thermochemical and biochemical conversions to biofuels and bioproducts. His research focuses on catalysis processes, bio-oil upgrading, and biomass carbon utilization for jet fuels, phenols, aromatics, cycloalkanes, hydrocarbons, activated carbon, and bio-based chemicals’ production. He has an h-index of 22.

Summary

To use renewable energy to replace fossil fuels is critical to achieving carbon neutrality. As the only carbon-based liquid renewable fuel, biomass pyrolysis oil (bio-oil) is a promising alternative energy source to crude oil for broad application prospects. However, bio-oil applications have been impeded due to limited technologies, and poor bio-oil quality (e.g., high moisture and oxygen contents, low heating value and thermal stability) has posed a significant challenge. Consequently, the bio-oil has to be upgraded to improve its quality as transportation fuels. Additionally, the bio-oil contains hundreds of chemical compounds derived from the biomass components (e.g., cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin), making the production of valuable chemicals or materials available. Therefore, research and development on bio-oil upgrading or refinery and conversion continuously need intense efforts.

 

This Special Issue "New Trends in Bio-oil Production, Conversion and Utilization" mainly covers research in fundamental and applied sciences of bio-oil production, conversion and utilization during the development of technologies for reaching the goal of bio-oil commercialization.

 

The scope of interests includes but is not limited to the following topics:

1)     Bio-oils production from the optimized process of biomass,

2)     New techniques for Bio-oils’ physical and chemical characterization,

3)     Fundamental and applied sciences of bio-oil upgrading, refinery and conversion,

4)     Process simulation,

5)     Low carbon economy sustainability basing on bio-oil processing.



Keywords

bio-oil production,bio-oil upgrading,bio-oil refinery,bio-oil conversion for chemicals and materials

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