Catalysis for Renewables: From Feedstock to Energy Production / Edition 1

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With its focus on catalysis and addressing two very hot and timely topics with significant implications for our future lives, this will be a white book in the field.

The authority behind this practical work is the IDECAT Network of Excellence, and the authors here outline how the use of catalysis will promote the more extensive use of renewable feedstocks in chemical and energy production. They present the latest applications, their applicability and results, making this a ready reference for researchers and engineers working in catalysis, chemistry, and industrial processes wishing to analyze options, outlooks and opportunities in the field.

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"...this is a book to be recommended for all those who want to quickly familiarize themselves with the state of science and technology in the conversion of renewable raw materials…" (ChemSusChem, January 2008)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783527317882
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/16/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 7.01 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Gabriele Centi is full professor of industrial chemistry at the University of Messina and a Past President of the European Federation of Catalysis Societies and Coordinator of the Network of Excellence IDECAT. He co-directs the European Laboratory for Catalysis and Surface Science. His research activities are centered in the area of development of industrial heterogeneous catalysts for applications in the field of sustainable chemical processes, and environmental protection and clean energy. He also serves as member of panel committees of evaluation of various international institutes, and was visiting professor at various European Universities. He is a member of the Core Team which elaborates the European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry.

Rutger Anthony van Santen gained his doctorate in theoretical chemistry in 1971, from the University of Leiden, joining Shell, Amsterdam as a research chemist the following year. In 1988 he became Professor of Catalysis at the Eindhoven University of Technology where he was promoted to scientific director in 1989. In 1991 he became director of the Netherlands Institute of Research in Catalysis, and in 2005 he was made Royal Netherlands Academy of Science and Arts Professor. He is a member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences, Dutch Academy of Engineering and is a Knight in the order of the Dutch Lion. He has been active in many national and international catalysis research programs and organizations, and has been awarded several awards and visiting professorships. His main research interest is the molecular mechanistic understanding of catalytic reactions.

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Table of Contents


List of Contributors.

1 Renewable Catalytic Technologies – a Perspective (Rutger A. van Santen).

1.1 Introduction.

1.2 Economic and Societal Background.

1.3 Technology Options.

1.4 Process Options for Biomass Conversion.

1.5 Conclusions.


2 Lignocellulose Conversion: An Introduction to Chemistry, Process and Economics (Jean-Paul Lange).

2.1 Overview.

2.2 Introduction.

2.3 Chemistry and Processes.

2.4 Economics.

2.5 Summary and Conclusions.


3 Process Options for the Catalytic Conversion of Renewables into Bioproducts (Pierre Gallezot).

3.1 Overview.

3.2 Introduction.

3.3 The Biore.nery Concept.

3.4 Strategies for Biomass Conversion into Bioproducts.

3.5 Concluding Remarks.


4 Industrial Development and Application of Biobased Oleochemicals (Karlheinz Hill).

4.1 Overview.

4.2 Raw Material Situation.

4.3 Ecological Compatibility.

4.4 Examples of Products.

4.5 Perspectives.


5 Fine Chemicals from Renewables (Herman van Bekkum and Leendert Maat).

5.1 Introduction.

5.2 Vanillin.

5.3 Monoterpenes.

5.4 Alkaloids.

5.5 Steroids.

5.6 Enantioselective Catalysis.

5.7 Artimisinine.

5.8 Tamiflu.

5.9 Final Remarks.


6 Options for Catalysis in the Thermochemical Conversion of Biomass into Fuels (Sascha R. A. Kersten, Wim P. M. van Swaaij, Leon Le.erts, and Kulathuiyer Seshan).

6.1 Introduction.

6.2 Biomass as Feedstock for Fuels.

6.3 Composition of Biomass.

6.4 Biore.nery.

6.5 Biomass Pretreatment.

6.6 Thermochemical Conversion of Lignocelluloses.

6.7 Biomass Gasi.cation.

6.8 Liquefaction of Biomass.

6.9 Upgrading Pyrolysis Oil to Fuels.

6.10 Hydrolysis.

6.11 Underlying Approach for Catalyst Design.

6.12 Summary.


7 Thermal Biomass Conversion (Simone Albertazzi, Francesco Basile, Giuseppe Fornasari, Ferruccio Trifirò, and Angelo Vaccari).

7.1 Introduction.

7.2 Biomass Resources and Biomass Pre-treatment.

7.3 Biomass Combustion.

7.4 Biomass Gasi.cation.

7.5 Pyrolysis.

7.6 Fuels via Thermal Biomass Conversion.

7.7 Conclusions.


8 Thermal Biomass Conversion and NOx Emissions in Grate Furnaces (Rob J.M. Bastiaans, Hans A.J.A. van Kuijk, Bogdan A. Albrecht, Jeroen A. van Oijen and L. Philip H. de Goey).

8.1 Introduction.

8.2 Tunable Diode Laser Measurements of Biomass Kinetics.

8.3 Propagation of Thermal Conversion Fronts.

8.4 Gas-phase CFD Modeling of Grate Furnaces.

8.5 Conclusions.


9 Bioethanol: Production and Pathways for Upgrading and Valorization (Stephane Pariente, Nathalie Tanchoux, François Fajula, Gabriele Centi, and Siglinda Perathoner).

9.1 Introduction.

9.2 Production, a Short Overview.

9.3 Uses as Biofuel.

9.4 Bioethanol Upgrading and Valorization.

9.5 Conclusions.


10 Conversion of Glycerol into Traffic Fuels (Tiia S. Viinikainen, Reetta S. Karinen, and A. Outi I. Krause).

10.1 Introduction.

10.2 Glycerol.

10.3 Etheri.cation of Glycerol with Isobutene.

10.4 Improvements to Biodiesel Process.

10.5 Reforming of Glycerol.

10.6 Future Aspects.


11 Catalytic Transformation of Glycerol (Bert Sels, Els D’Hondt, and Pierre Jacobs).

11.1 Introduction and Scope.

11.2 Catalytic Dehydration of Glycerol and Acrolein Formation.

11.3 Etheri.cation of Glycerol via Catalytic Dehydration.

11.4 Catalytic Oxidation of Glycerol.

11.5 Catalytic Hydrogenolysis of Glycerol.

11.6 Glycerol Reforming and Hydrogen Production.

11.7 Miscellaneous Oxidation Reactions.

11.8 Conclusions.


12 Catalytic Processes for the Selective Epoxidation of Fatty Acids: More Environmentally Benign Routes (Matteo Guidotti, Rinaldo Psaro, Maila Sgobba, and Nicoletta Ravasio).

12.1 Introduction.

12.2 Non-catalytic Epoxidation Systems.

12.3 Homogeneous Catalytic Systems.

12.4 Chemoenzymatic Epoxidation Systems.

12.5 Heterogeneous Catalytic Systems.

12.6 Epoxidation of FAMEs Over Titanium-based Catalysts: The Skills in Milan.

12.7 Conclusions.


13 Integration of Biocatalysis with Chemocatalysis: Cascade Catalysis and Multi-step Conversions in Concert (Tom Kieboom).

13.1 Overview.

13.2 Introduction.

13.3 Types of Cascades.

13.4 Technologies for Cascades.

13.5 Conclusions.


14 Hydrogen Production and Fuel Cells as the Bridging Technologies Towards a Sustainable Energy System (Frank A. de Bruijn, Bert Rietveld, and Ruud W. van den Brink).

14.1 Introduction.

14.2 Hydrogen Production from Natural Gas.

14.3 Novel Processes for Hydrogen Production with CO2 Capture.

14.4 Conclusions and Catalytic Challenges.


15 Pathways to Clean and Green Hydrogen (Gert J. Kramer, Joep P. P. Huijsmans, and Dave M. Austgen).

15.1 Introduction.

15.2 Energy Resource Availability.

15.3 Modes of Hydrogen Production and Distribution.

15.4 The Cost of Hydrogen Fuel.

15.5 "Clean Hydrogen" and the Scope for CO2 Reduction.

15.6 Coal and Biomass.

15.7 Conclusions.


16 Solar Photocatalysis for Hydrogen Production and CO2 Conversion (Claudio Minero and Valter Maurino).

16.1 Introduction.

16.2 The Photocatalytic Process.

16.3 Photoelectrochemical Cells.

16.4 New Materials.

16.5 Conclusions.


Conclusions, Perspectives and Roadmap (Gabriele Centi and Rutger A. van Santen).

1 Introduction.

2 Driver for a Biomass Economy.

3 Main Issues and Perspectives on Bioenergy and Biofuels in Relation to Catalysis.

3.1 Biofuels.

3.2 Biore.neries.

3.3 Use of By-products Deriving from Biomass Transformation.

3.4 Biomass as Feedstock for Chemical Production.

3.5 Use of Solar Energy.

4 Conclusions.



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