Biomass and Green Chemistry

Building a Renewable Pathway

  • Sílvio Vaz Jr.

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Sílvio Vaz Jr.
    Pages 1-9
  3. Luz Marina Flórez Pardo, Jorge Enrique López Galán, Tatiana Lozano Ramírez
    Pages 11-30
  4. Simone P. Favaro, Cesar H. B. Miranda, Fabricio Machado, Itânia P. Soares, Alan T. Jensen, Anderson M. M. S. Medeiros
    Pages 31-68
  5. Susana Marques, Antonio D. Moreno, Mercedes Ballesteros, Francisco Gírio
    Pages 69-94
  6. Abla Alzagameem, Basma El Khaldi-Hansen, Birgit Kamm, Margit Schulze
    Pages 95-132
  7. Mario Giordano, Qiang Wang
    Pages 133-167
  8. Arnaldo Walter, Joaquim E. A. Seabra, Pedro Gerber Machado, Bruna de Barros Correia, Camila Ortolan Fernandes de Oliveira
    Pages 191-219
  9. Abla Alzagameem, Basma El Khaldi-Hansen, Birgit Kamm, Margit Schulze
    Pages E1-E1
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 221-252

About this book


This book investigates the main vegetable biomass types, their chemical characteristics and their potential to replace oil as raw material for the chemical industry, according to the principles of green chemistry. Authors from different scientific and technical backgrounds, from industry and academia, give an overview of the state of the art and ongoing developments. Aspects including bioeconomy, biorefineries, renewable chemistry and sustainability are also considered, given their relevance in this context. Furthermore, the book reviews green chemistry principles and their relation to biomass, while also exploring the main processes for converting biomass into bioproducts.

The need to develop renewable feedstock for the chemical industry to replace oil has been identified as a major strategic challenge for the 21st century. In this context, the use of different types of vegetable biomass – starch, lignocellulosic, oleaginous, saccharide and algae – can be seen as a viable alternative to the use of non-renewable, more expensive raw materials. Furthermore, it offers a model for adding economic value to the agro industrial chains such as soybean, sugarcane, corn and forests, among others. This will in turn contribute to the sustainability of a wide range of chemicals, mainly organics and their transformation processes, which are widely used by modern society. 


Biomass chemistry Renewable chemistry Biomass conversion processes Biotechnology Biorefineries Bioenergy

Editors and affiliations

  • Sílvio Vaz Jr.
    • 1
  1. 1.Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, National Research Center for Agroenergy (Embrapa Agroenergy)Embrapa Agroenergia, Parque Estação BiológicaBrasília, DFBrazil

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