Biomass as Renewable Raw Material to Obtain Bioproducts of High-tech Value examines the use of biomass as a raw material, including terrestrial and aquatic sources to obtain extracts (e.g. polyphenols), biofuels, and/or intermediates (furfural, levulinates) through chemical and biochemical processes. The book also covers the production of natural polymers using biomass and the biosynthetic process, cellulose modified by biochemical and chemical methods, and other biochemicals that can be used in the synthesis of various pharmaceuticals.
Featuring case studies, discussions of sustainability, and nanomedical, biomedical, and pharmaceutical applications, Biomass as Renewable Raw Material to Obtain Bioproducts of High-tech Value is a crucial resource for biotechnologists, biochemical engineers, biochemists, microbiologists, and research students in these areas, as well as entrepreneurs, policy makers, stakeholders, and politicians.
- Reviews biomass resources and compounds with bioactive properties
- Describes chemical and biochemical processes for creating biofuels from biomass
- Outlines production of polysaccharides and cellulose derivatives
- Features applications in the fields of medicine and pharmacy
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1. Biomass for Fuels and Biomaterials 2. Microalgae as Renewable Raw Material for Bioproducts: Identification and Biochemical Composition of Microalgae from a Raceway Pond in The Netherlands 3. Macroalgae Biomass as Sorbent for Metal Ions 4. Integrated Processing of Biomass for Fine Chemicals Obtaining: Polyphenols 5. Assessing the Sustainability of Biomass Use for the Production of Biofuels 6. Biodiesel a Green Fuel Obtained Through Enzymatic Catalysis 7. Catalytic Approaches to the Production of Furfural and Levulinates from Lignocelluloses 8. Biomass Derived Polyhydroxyalkanoates: Biomedical Applications 9. Biochemical Modification of Cellulosic Biomass 10. Chemically Modified Polysaccharides with Applications in Nanomedicine 11. Cellulose-Based Hydrogels for Medical/Pharmaceutical Applications 12. Thermoresponsive Supramolecular Hydrogels Comprising Diblock Methylcellulose Derivatives
Valentin I. Popa is Professor emeritus of Wood Chemistry and Biotechnology at Gheorghe Asachi Technical University of Iasi, Romania. Dr. Popa obtained his BSc and MSc in Chemical Engineering (1969) and PhD in the field of polysaccharide chemistry (1976) in Polytechnic Institute of Iasi, Romania. He was awarded with Romanian Academy Prize for his contributions in the field of seaweed chemistry (1976). He published more than 600 papers in the following fields: wood chemistry and biotechnology, biomass complex processing, biosynthesis and biodegradation of natural compounds, allelochemicals, bioadhesives, bioremediation, and he is author or co authors of the 38 books or book chapters
Associate Professor, Gheorghe Asachi Technical University of Iasi, Environmental Engineering and Management Department, Senior Researcher. Doctor of Science (Chemical Engineering). Publications: author of 6 books, author/co-author of 5 book chapters, 40 ISI peer-reviewed journal articles, 35 peer-reviewed journal articles indexed in international databases, 35 international conference proceeding publications, 1 patent. Internal and international scientific projects: 24. Research interests: biomass conversion, natural treatment systems: bioremediation of degraded land and poor crop production based on vegetal material (peat, sawdust, lignocellulose and polyphenolic products) as amendments, phytoremediation, regulators of plant growth based on natural products, industrial biotechnology.