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International Journal of Computational Materials Science and Surface Engineering
International Journal of Computational Materials Science and Surface Engineering


Special Issue on: "Advances in Catalysis and Materials Sciences for Alternative Fuels and Chemicals"

Guest Editor:
Dr. Yang Xiao, Purdue University, USA

A biofuel is a fuel that is produced through contemporary catalytic processes rather than by geological processes such as those involved in the formation of fossil fuels, e.g., coal and petroleum. If the source biomass can regrow quickly, the resulting fuel is renewable energy. Biofuels can be produced from plants (i.e., energy crops), or from agricultural, commercial, domestic, and/or industrial wastes. Renewable biofuels generally involve contemporary carbon fixation, such as those that occur in plants or microalgae through the process of photosynthesis. Other renewable biofuels are made through the use or conversion of biomass (usually plants or plant-derived materials).

Biofuels and bioenergy include four revolutionary generations as follows, first-generation or conventional biofuels are made from food crops grown on arable land; second-generation biofuels are manufactured from various types of non-food crops on arable land; third-generation biofuels are prepared from algae resources using non-arable land; and fourth-generation biofuels use genetically modified algae to enhance biofuel production. In the last two decades, catalysis science and technologies for the production of the above four generations of biofuels from various biomass resources have been intensively and extensively developed. In this special issue, review articles, regular research papers, and short communications will focus on the recent advances in catalysis science and technologies for biomass conversion to bioenergy and biofuels. Review articles that cover insight into a specific catalytic biomass conversion (e.g. bio-oil upgrading, lignin hydropyrolysis, biosugar to biofuels) are of particular interest for this Special Issue. In addition, we encourage submissions with fundamental research related to advances in catalysis and materials sciences for alternative fuels and chemicals.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • Heterogeneous catalysts homogeneous catalysts
  • Catalysis science and reaction engineering
  • Biomass conversion to biofuels
  • Bio-oil renewable energy
  • Biodiesel and bioethanol
  • Materials science
  • Renewable chemicals
  • Reaction kinetics
  • Chemical reactor
  • First-generation biofuels
  • Second-generation biofuels
  • Third-generation biofuels
  • Fourth-generation biofuels

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process.

All papers must be submitted online. To submit a paper, please read our Submitting articles page.

Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 31 December, 2020

Notification to authors: 31 March, 2021

Final versions due by: 30 June, 2021