The Springer book “Production of Materials from Sustainable Biomass Resources” edited by Zhen Fang*, R. L. Smith, Jr., XF Tian, wins the prestigious ‘Springer-Nature China New Development Awards‘ in 2020. Springer Nature granted China New Development Awards to the Chinese authors of ten scholarly books in recognition of their exceptional contributions to the delivery of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
近日，施普林格·自然（Springer Nature）官宣“2020中国新发展奖” (China New Development Awards)获奖图书，以表彰中国学者对全球可持续发展目标所作出的杰出贡献。由方真，RL Smith和田宵飞编著的专著”Production of Materials from Sustainable Biomass Resources“（《可持续生物质资源生产材料》，2019年Springer出版）获“2020中国新发展奖”。
Zhen Fang, Richard Lee Smith Jr, Xiao-Fei Tian
We are very honored to receive the Springer Nature: China New Development Awards for Biofuels and Biorefineries, “Production of Materials from Sustainable Biomass Resources,” Series Editor: Zhen Fang and Editors: Zhen Fang, Richard Lee Smith Jr and Xiao-Fei Tian. This is Volume 9 in the series and presently we have completed 10 volumes with Volume 11 in progress:
- Production of Biofuels and Chemicals with Ionic Liquids, 2014
- Near-critical and Supercritical Water and Their Applications for Biorefineries, 2014
- Production of Biofuels and Chemicals with Microwave, 2015
- Production of Biofuels and Chemicals with Ultrasound, 2015
- Production of Hydrogen from Renewable Resources, 2015
- Production of Biofuels and Chemicals from Lignin 2016
- Production of Platform Chemicals from Sustainable Resources 2017
- Production of Biofuels and Chemicals with Bifunctional Catalysts 2017
- Production of Materials from Sustainable Biomass Resources 2019
- Production of Biofuels and Chemicals with Pyrolysis, 2020
In each volume, advances in a technological area as it relates to biofuels and biorefineries are described by world-class researchers in the field. Each chapter is peer-reviewed and meticulously copy-edited to give Series Readers a polished presentation and Chapter Authors a highly-satisfying product and publishing experience.
Volume 9 is arranged in five parts:
(I) Isolation and Purification of Lignocellulose Components in which products produced from hemicellulose are considered.
(II) Composite Polymers Derived from Lignin and Cellulose in which production of anti-oxidants from lignin and cellulose or the numerous applications of nanocellulose are considered.
(III) Functional Materials Derived from Cellulose and Lignocelluloses in which the hot topic of biochars is considered with examples in electrochemical capacitors, selective and sustainable catalysts, electrodes and energy devices is considered.
(IV) Biomass Pellets as Fuels in which commercial application of pelletization is considered in power generation scenarios and systems. Both chemical (fuel value) and mechanical aspects of pelletization are considered.
(V) Biosynthesis of Polymers from Renewable Biomass in which biochemical methods for the production of lactic acid (LA)-based polymers and oligomers is considered. Of note is the overview on biopolyesters, polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) and polylactic acid (PLA), since these can be expected to replace petrochemical-derived plastics in the near future.
Volume 9 has 12 Chapters:
Chapter 1 summarizes current reports on extraction, purification, chemical com-ponents, structural features, and functional properties of xylan. The preparation of xylan derivatives and xylan-based materials, as well as their potential applications, is discussed. Chemical modifications applied to functionalize xylan, especially to modify its thermo-plasticity, hydrophobicity, conductivity, and stimuli responsiveness, are highlighted. Chapter 2 introduces a detailed literature review on how lignin fits into the growing market for antioxidants, especially as replacements for polyolefins, and discusses hydrolytic depolymerization processes showing how depoly-merization can improve the antioxidant activity of commercial lignin and how the mechanical properties are affected after incorporating lignin into polymer matrices. Chapter 3 focuses on the properties and use of nanocellulose to achieve favorable strength and barrier properties, as well as in coating and paper sheet forming. Chapter 4 describes cellulose derivatization approaches and advanced material designs that have been realized and materials that have potential application in bio-medical areas. Chapter 5 gives a state-of-the-art overview of biochar production, characterization, and applications in nontraditional areas. Potential use of biochar for environmental remediation and for water desalination is demonstrated, as well as sustainable energy applications related to supercapacitors and electrochemical sensors. Chapter 6 covers progress on fabrication of biomass-derived nanostructured carbon materials for use as carbon electrodes. Correlations between carbon structures and electrochemical properties are summarized along with performance aspects. Chapter 7 summarizes the characteristics and properties of biomass-derived catalysts and metal-free functionalized carbocatalysts and shows comparisons to catalysts from other carbon sources and materials. The biomass-derived carbonaceous catalysts used in biodiesel production, gasification, and electro-Fenton oxidation reaction are reviewed. Chapter 8 introduces designs, structural features, and chemical and physical activation of engineered biocarbon-based materials with a focus on the application and performance differences of novel engineered biochars in lithium-ion batteries. Chapter 9 provides a state-of-the-art review of biomass pel-letization on the laboratory, pilot, and industrial scales with particular emphasis on its implementation in power generation. The chapter is rich with examples on the status of large-scale biomass pellets firing and co-firing of worldwide operations. Chapter 10 presents an overview of property differences among biocarbons produced from different thermal processes, including pyrolysis, gasification, and hydrothermal treatment. Of particular importance is the use of biocarbon in the steel industry to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Techno-economic and environmental aspects of biocarbon pellet combustion are analyzed. Chapter 11 highlights the effects of the raw materials, binders, pretreatment, and process parameters on pellet design and the pelletization process and includes practical models for development. Mechanical aspects of charcoal and wood pelletization are covered with actual examples that have resulted in commercial materials. Chapter 12 provides opportunities and challenges regarding the production of lactic-acid-based polymers and related oligomer precursors using genetically modified organisms and engineered enzymes. Future developments show the advantages of using biological techniques to replace fossil fuel feedstocks.
We would like to heartily acknowledge both the many dedicated authors and reviewers, who like ourselves, take great pleasure in developing or helping to develop, scientific works that have clear and lasting value.
We would also like to acknowledge the support of our Editorial Board members:
Professor Jamal Chaouki, Polytechnique Montréal, Canada;
Professor Liang-shih Fan, Ohio State University, USA;
Professor John R. Grace, University of British Columbia, Canada;
Professor Yonghao Ni, University of New Brunswick, Canada;
Professor Vijaya Raghavan, McGill Univ., Canada;
Professor Norman R. Scott, Cornell University, USA;
Professor Richard L. Smith, Jr., Tohoku University, Japan;
Professor Ying Zheng, Univ. of Edinburgh, UK.
Finally, we would like to thank the Springer-Nature staff, with special mention being given to Ms. Becky Zhao (Senior Editor) and Ms. Abbey Huang (Editorial Assistant) for all of their encouragement, guidance and assistance during our endeavors. Especially, we are grateful to the many Springer-Nature production staff who have provided us with carefully crafted proofs, valuable suggestions and polish that have made each volumes brightly shine that have lead to Biofuels and Biorefineries becoming one of the top-tier downloaded Series.