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Carbon Neutrality - Special Issue: Waste Carbon Resource Utilization

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1. Overview

Global warming and climate change have become a vital issue of the century that draws great concerns, attentions and efforts from scientists, engineers, policy-makers and publics worldwide. Different strategies and approaches have been sought to fight against the global warming issue in the past decades. Waste carbon resource utilization is one of the key strategies to mitigate excessive carbon emissions and help achieve a circular carbon economy. Waste carbon resources represent a diversity of abundant, inexpensive, widely available feedstocks which holds untapped potentials to replace or supplement the non-renewable fossil fuels to supply the society with energy, chemicals and materials. The carbon in the waste resources would accumulate and gradually re-emit into the atmosphere in the environment if without utilization. The “waste-to-wealth” concept obviates the re-emission and exploits the waste carbon for valuable products, boasting remarkable environmental and economic benefits. Hence, the valorization of the massive waste carbon resources will be an effective, crucial and indispensable direction to combat global warming.

The special issue on “Waste Carbon Resource Utilization” aims to highlight the recent advances on novel transformation routes to convert different waste carbon resources (biomass, food wastes, plastics, etc.) into various value-added products such as fuels, chemicals and materials.  

2. Topic areas

We cordially invite authors to submit Reviews, Original articles, Comments, Short communications, or Perspectives that focus on the conversion of different waste carbon resources into fuels, chemicals and materials.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

Biomass conversion (including cellulose, chitin, hemicellulose, lignin, waste glycerol, etc.)Upgrading of biomass-derived compoundsSolid organic waste utilization (including municipal solid waste, food waste, etc.)Chemical or biological upcycling of waste plasticsBiochar production and utilization

3. Submission process

Special issue articles are subject to the same review process and high standard as regular Carbon Neutrality articles. Articles should be submitted using our online submission system ( On the submission site, select this special issue in the "Additional Information" section.

4. Deadline for submissions

Deadline for manuscript submission is Mar 31, 2024. Submissions earlier than this date are encouraged. Carbon Neutrality will publish this focus collection incrementally. This means that the articles submitted early will be published as soon as they are accepted and prepared for publication, without being delayed waiting for other papers in the collection.

5. Guest Editors

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Prof. Keiichi TomishigeSchool of Engineering, Tohoku University, Japan; E-mail:

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Prof. Shurong Wang, College of Energy Engineering, Zhejiang University, China; E-mail:

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Assoc. Prof. Xi ChenChina-UK Low Carbon College, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China; E-mail:

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Assoc. Prof. Volkan DegirmenciSchool of Engineering, University of Warwick, UK; E-mail:

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Assoc. Prof. Yong GuoSchool of Chemistry & Molecular Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, China; E-mail:

6. Published articles:

1. Original article: Carbon footprint analysis of supply chain of bio-based methyl levulinate production in China

2. Review: A Machine learning assisted prediction of potential biochar and its applications in anaerobic digestion for valuable chemicals and energy recovery from organic waste

3. Original article: Preparation of High-Performance Manganese-Based Pseudocapacitor Material by Using Spent Lithium-Ion Battery Anode Graphite via Mechanochemical Pretreatment

4. Original article: Structure–activity relationships over Ru/NiAl2O4 catalysts in anisole demethoxylation: spectroscopic and kinetic studies