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One of the great technological issues of this 21st century involves the effort of man to manage climate change through the reduction of fossil-fuel consumption. Part of this plan calls for the gradually replacement of petroleum refineries with biorefineries that use biomass as its renewable feedstock. Lignocellulosic biomass represents a huge potential reservoir for the production of renewable energy, chemicals and materials, which could have a significant impact in our society’s efforts to manage greenhouse gas emissions while reducing petroleum consumption. The book describes the current status, development, and future prospects for the critical technology of second-generation biorefineries, specifically with a focus on lignocellulosic materials as feedstock. The book will primarily serve scientists and engineers in chemistry and biochemistry, working both in academia and in industry. But with its careful development of the main points, and many dozens of color illustrations, it is also accessible to a broader public, such as policy makers and students.


  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Photosynthesis, the Ultimate Beginning for Biorefineries
  • Features of First Generation Biorefineries
  • Cellulose, the Predominant Constituent of Biomass
  • Enzymatic and non-Biological Degradation of Cellulose
  • Hemicelluloses and Lignin, Other Key Constituents of Biomass
  • Pretreatments of Lignocellulosic Biomass
  • Biochemical Conversion of Biomass
  • Thermochemical Conversion of Lignocellulosic Biomass
  • Perspectives


Publisher: EPFL Press English Imprint

Author(s): Jean-Luc Wertz, Olivier Bédué

Collection: Chemistry

Published: 25 june 2013

Edition: 1st edition

Media: Book

Pages count Book: 548

Format (in mm) Book: 160 x 240

Weight (in grammes): 1390

Language(s): English

EAN13 Book: 9782940222681

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