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A series of highly-downloaded books in biofuels by Prof. Zhen Fang were published

2012, Springer launched a book series entitled, “Biofuels and Biorefineries” with Professor Zhen Fang serving as Editor-in-Chief.

Professor Zhen FANG cooperates with the Editorial Board, comprising five world-leaders in biofuels and biorefineries:

Prof. Liang-shih Fan, Ohio State Univ., USA;

Prof. John R. Grace, Univ. of British Columbia, Canada;

Prof. Yonghao Ni, Univ. of New Brunswick, Canada;

Prof. Norman R. Scott, Cornell Univ., USA;

Prof. Richard L. Smith, Jr., Tohoku Univ., Japan,

for this book series.

The editorial team is committed to organize and assist authors to publish a number of biomass-related books with the highest quality that will accelerate the growth in this important area, aimed at the publication of at least two volumes per year.

The book series will be focusing on all aspect related with biomass production, biofuels, bioproducts, chemicals, biomaterials, food and pharmaceutical products, energy planning and policy, as well as processing technologies.

The book series will be the powerful and integrative source of biomass, bioenergy, biofuels, bioproducts and biorefinery for scientists, students, policy-makes and engineers to reflect the explosive growth in this interdisciplinary area.

The book series will be operating with a strict refereeing procedure to ensure that the best quality of books and chapters is published.

The selected books published were listed below:

1.Zhen Fang*, RL Smith, Jr, XH Qi (Editors), Production of Biofuels and Chemicals with Microwave, Springer Book Series – Biofuels and Biorefineries, Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg Berlin, ISBN 978-94-017-9611-8, hardcover, 300 pages, 2015. (5665 chapter downloads on April 18 2015).

At: http://www.springer.com/energy/renewable+and+green+energy/book/978-94-017-9611-8

Conversion of biomass into chemicals and biofuels is an active research and development area as trends move to replace traditional fossil fuels with renewable resources. By integrating processing methods with microwave and ultrasound irradiation into biorefineries, the time-scale of many operations can be greatly reduced while the efficiency of the reactions can be remarkably increased so that process intensification can be achieved. “Production of Biofuels and Chemicals with Microwave” and “Production of Biofuels and Chemicals with Ultrasound” are two independent volumes in the Biofuels and Biorefineries series that take different, but complementary approaches for the pretreatment and chemical transformation of biomass into chemicals and biofuels.

The volume “Microwave” provides current research advances and prospects in theoretical and practical aspects of microwave irradiation including properties, effects and temperature monitoring, design of chemical reactors, synergistic effects on combining microwave, ultrasound, hydrodynamic cavitation and high-shear mixing into processes, chemical and catalytic conversion of lignin into chemicals, pyrolysis and gasification, syngas production from wastes, platform chemicals, algal biodiesel, cellulose-based nanocomposites, lignocellulosic biomass pretreatment, green chemistry metrics and energy consumption and techno-economic analysis for a catalytic pyrolysis facility that processes pellets into aromatics. Each of the 12 chapters has been peer-reviewed and edited to improve both the quality of the text and the scope and coverage of the topics. Both volumes “Microwave” and “Ultrasound” are references designed for students, researchers, academicians and industrialists in the fields of chemistry and chemical engineering and include introductory chapters to highlight present concepts of the fundamental technologies and their application.

2.Zhen Fang*, RL Smith, Jr, XH Qi (Editors), Production of Biofuels and Chemicals with Ultrasound, Springer Book Series – Biofuels and Biorefineries, Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg Berlin, ISBN 978-94-017-9623-1, hardcover, 415 pages, 2015. (3857 chapter downloads on April 18 2015).

At: http://www.springer.com/energy/renewable+and+green+energy/book/978-94-017-9623-1

The volume “Ultrasound” provides current research advances and prospects in mechanistic principles of acoustic cavitation in sonochemistry, physical and chemical mechanisms in biofuel synthesis, reactor design for transesterification and esterification reactions, lipid extraction from algal biomass, microalgae extraction, biodiesel and bioethanol synthesis, practical technologies and systems, pretreatment of biomass waste sources including lignocellulosic materials, manures and sludges for biogas production, vibration-assisted pelleting, combined chemical-mechanical methods, valorization of starch-based wastes and  techno-economic methodology.  Each of the 12 chapters has been peer-reviewed and edited to improve both the quality of the text and the scope and coverage of the topics.  Both volumes “Ultrasound” and “Microwave” are references designed for students, researchers, academicians and industrialists in the fields of chemistry and chemical engineering and include introductory chapters to highlight present concepts of the fundamental technologies and their application.

3.Zhen Fang*, C Xu (Editors), Near-critical and Supercritical Water and Their Applications for Biorefineries, Springer Book Series – Biofuels and Biorefineries, Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg Berlin, ISBN 978-94-017-8922-6, hardcover, 490 pages, 2014. (7957 chapter downloads on April 18 2015).

At: http://www.springer.com/energy/renewable+and+green+energy/book/978-94-017-8922-6

The book provides fundamental chemistry and properties of near-critical water (NCW) and supercritical water (SCW), criteria and challenges/solutions in reactor design for NCW and SCW processes, and up-to-date reviews and practice of a wide range of their applications in bio refineries including: production of hydrochars from biomass, SCW oxidation (SCWO) for waste treatment, SCW gasification (SCWG) of biomass and waste for hydrogen and methane production, hydrothermal liquefaction of biomass, production of chemicals and SCWO of biofuels for energy. It also presents techno-economic analysis of hydrogen production via SCWG of biomass. The book will be highly essential for both academic researchers and industrial practitioners for developing novel bio refinery technologies and processes employing NCW or SCW for treatment of various organic waste streams and production of bio-energy and bio-based chemicals from bio-renewable resources.

4.Zhen Fang*, RL Smith, Jr, XH Qi (Editors), Production of Biofuels and Chemicals with Ionic Liquids, Springer Book Series – Biofuels and Biorefineries, Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg Berlin, ISBN 978-94-007-7710-1, hardcover, 353 pages, 2014. (Highly downloaded: 15184 chapter downloads on April 18 2015).

At: http://www.springer.com/energy/renewable+and+green+energy/book/978-94-007-7710-1

The application of ionic liquids to biomass for producing biofuels and chemicals will be one of the hot research areas during the next decade due to the fascinating properties of these versatile group of solvents that allow them to dissolve lignocellulosic materials. The present text provides up-to-date fundamentals, state-of-the-art reviews, current assessments and prospects in this area, including aspects of pretreatment, fermentation, biomass dissolution, cellulose transformation, reaction kinetics and physical properties, as well as the subsequent production of biofuels and platform chemicals such as sugars, aldehydes and acids. Auxiliary methods such as catalysis, microwave and enzymatic techniques used in the transformations are covered. Both researchers and practitioners are certain to find a wealth of information in the individual chapters, which were written by experts in the field to provide an essential basis for assessing possible pretreatment and transformation routes of biomass using ionic liquids, and for developing new methods and chemical processes.

Other books:

5.Zhen Fang* (Editor), Biofuels – Economy, Environment and Sustainability, InTech – Open Access, ISBN 978-953-51-0950-1, hardcover, 386 pages, 2013. (28591 chapter downloads for Jan 2013-April 2015).

At: http://www.intechopen.com/books/biofuels-economy-environment-and-sustainability

Biofuels are gaining public and scientific attention driven by high oil prices, the need for energy security and global warming concerns. There are various social, economic, environmental and technical issues regarding biofuel production and its practical use. This book is intended to address these issues by providing viewpoints written by professionals in the field and the book also covers the economic and environmental impact of biofuels.

This text includes 14 chapters contributed by experts around world on the economy, evironment and sustainability of biofuel production and use. The chapters are categorized into 3 parts:

PART 1: Feedstocks; PART 2: Biofuels; PART 3: Environment

This book overviews social, economic, environmental and sustainable issues by the use of biofuels. It should be of interest for students, researchers, scientists and technologists in biofuels.

6.Zhen Fang* (Editor), Liquid, Gaseous and Solid Biofuels – Conversion Techniques, InTech – Open Access, ISBN 978-953-51-1050-7, hardcover, 541 pages, 2013. (41316 chapter downloads for March 2013-April 2015).

At: http://www.intechopen.com/books/liquid-gaseous-and-solid-biofuels-conversion-techniques

Biomass is a renewable, unevenly geographically distributed resource that can be considered sustainable and carbon-neutral if properly managed. It can be converted to high-qualified gaseous, liquid and solid biofuels with many techniques. This book focuses on the latest conversion techniques for the production of liquid and gaseous biofuels that should be of interest to the chemical scientists and technologists.

This book includes 18 chapters contributed by experts around world on conversion techniques. The chapters are categorized into 2 parts:

PART 1: Liquids; PART 2: Gases and other products

This book offers reviews of state-of-the-art conversion techniques for biofuels. It should be of interest for students, researchers, scientists and technologists in the engineering and sciences fields.

7.Zhen Fang* (Editor), Pretreatment Techniques for Biofuels and Biorefineries, Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg Berlin, ISBN 978-3-642-32734-6, hardcover, 476 pages, 2013(Among the top 25% most downloaded eBooks in 2013; 25714 chapter downloads on April 18 2015).

At: http://www.springer.com/engineering/energy+technology/book/978-3-642-32734-6

This book includes 19 chapters contributed by the world’s leading experts on pretreatment methods for biomass. It extensively covers the different types of biomass (e.g. molasses, sugar beet pulp, cheese whey, sugarcane residues, palm waste, vegetable oil, straws, stalks and wood), various pretreatment approaches (e.g. physical, thermal, chemical, physicochemical and biological) and methods that show the subsequent production of biofuels and chemicals such as sugars, ethanol, extracellular polysaccharides, biodiesel, gas and oil. In addition to traditional methods such as steam, hot-water, hydrothermal, diluted-acid, organosolv, ozonolysis, sulfite, milling, fungal and bacterial, microwave, ultrasonic, plasma, torrefaction, pelletization, gasification (including biogas) and liquefaction pretreatments, it also introduces and discusses novel techniques such as nano and solid catalysts, organic electrolyte solutions and ionic liquids.

This book offers a review of state-of-the-art research and provides guidance for the future paths of developing pretreatment techniques of biomass for biofuels, especially in the fields of biotechnology, microbiology, chemistry, materials science and engineering. It intends to provide a systematic introduction of pretreatment techniques. It is an accessible reference work for students, researchers, academicians and industrialists in biorefineries.

8.Zhen Fang* (Editor), Biodiesel – Feedstocks, Production and Applications, InTech – Open Access, ISBN 978-953-51-0910-5, hardcover, 487 pages, 2013. (41813 chapter downloads for Dec 2012-April 2015).

At: http://www.intechopen.com/books/biodiesel-feedstocks-production-and-applications

Biodiesel is renewable, biodegradable, nontoxic and carbon-neutral. Biodiesel production has been commercialized in Europe and United States, and its use is expanding dramatically worldwide.  Although there are many books that focus on biodiesel, there is the need for a comprehensive text that considers development of biodiesel systems from the production of feedstocks and their processing technologies to the comprehensive applications of both by-products and biodiesel.

This book includes 17 chapters contributed by experts around world on biodiesel. The chapters are categorized into 4 parts:

PART 1: Feedstocks; PART 2: Biodiesel production; PART 3: By-product applications; PART 4: Biodiesel applications in engines

This book offers reviews of state-of-the-art research and applications on biodiesel. It should be of interest for students, researchers, scientists and technologists in biodiesel.

 9.JM Marchetti, Zhen Fang (Editors), Biodiesel: Blends, Properties and Applications (hardback). New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., ISBN 13: 9781613246603 ISBN 10: 1613246609, 379 pages, Sep. 2011.

At: https://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=21023

Biodiesel, which consists of long-chain fatty acid methyl esters (FAME) obtained from renewable lipids such as those in vegetable oils or animal fat can be used as both an alternative fuel and an additive for petroleum diesel. This book gathers research from across the globe in the study of biodiesel blends, properties and applications. Topics discussed include biodiesel purification methods; exhaust emissions study of biodiesel operated garbage trucks; the heterogeneous catalyst for the transesterification of triglycerides into biodiesel; valorization of wastes and by-products derived from biodiesel manufacturing and biodiesel production using cation-exchange resin as heterogeneous acid catalyst.

10.Zhen Fang* (Author), Rapid Production of Micro- and Nano-particles Using Supercritical Water, Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg Berlin, ISBN: 978-3-642-12986-5, hardcover, 120 pages, August 2010. (2810 chapter downloads on April 18 2015).

At: http://www.springer.com/materials/nanotechnology/book/978-3-642-12986-5

This book shows how to use supercritical water (SCW) to synthesize nano- and micro- oxides, inorganic salts and metal particles and its recent advancement. Also polymer/biomass particles can be produced by using the method of precipitation of solutes from SCW. The particles can be used as catalysts for biomass conversions, materials in ceramics & electronic devices and composite materials. Particles are easily produced continuously in a flow reactor in short reaction times or synthesized in a batch reactor in long reaction times. Besides the synthesis process, the book also present studies of the properties of these materials. The size, size distribution, crystal growth & structure, and morphology of particles produced by supercritical water can be controlled by the feed concentrations, pH, pressures, temperatures, heating & cooling rates, organic modifications, reducing or oxidizing atmospheres, flow rates and reaction times.

11.Zhen Fang* (Author), Complete Dissolution and Oxidation of Organic Wastes in Water, VDM Verlag Dr. Müller, Saarbrücken, Germany, ISBN: 9783639144246, paperback, 192 pages, April 2009.

At: http://www.amazon.com/Complete-dissolution-oxidation-organic-wastes/dp/3639144244

This book is about using supercritical water (SCW) process to dissolve organic wastes, and subsequent using oxygen to completely destroy the wastes by homogeneous oxidation. First, properties of SCW were introduced, and its peculiar properties were used to dissolve organics for oxidation. Phase behavior of pure organics were studied in an optical micro- reactor diamond anvil cell (DAC) coupled with optical & FT-IR microscopes. Oxidation experiments in SCW were performed in larger batch and flow reactors for complex wastes. From the visual observations in the DAC, homogeneous phases with water were found for cellulose, naphthalene, benzo(a) pyrene and polystyrene. Complete dissolution of decachlorobiphenyl occurred only when O2/Na2CO3 was present. The homogeneous conditions were used for the oxidation of a complex De-inking sludge waste that was mainly composed of the above pure organics and heavy metals (Pb, Cr, Cd) in larger reactors. It was found that all organics in the sludge could be almost completely oxidized. The heavy metal salts were effectively removed by precipitation to insoluble oxides and salts with little leachability.

12.Upcoming! Zhen Fang*, RL Smith, Jr, XH Qi (Editors), Hydrogen production from renewable resources, Springer Book Series – Biofuels and Biorefineries, 14 Chapters, hardcover, contract-signed, Expected published in 2015.
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Short Bio

Zhen Fang, Professor in Bioenergy; Inventor of Fast Hydrolysis Process (US patent#: 8268126); Editor-in-Chief, Springer Book Series – Biofuels and Biorefineries; Leader and founder of biomass group, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden. He is also adjunct full Professor of Life Sciences, University of Science and Technology of China.

He has background in both bioenergy (PhD, Agr. Eng. China Agr. Univ. 1991) and nanotechnology (PhD, Mat.Eng. McGill, 2003).

He has 24 years in bioenergy, more than 13 years in hydrothermal, nanotechnology and diamond anvil cell techniques of international research experiences at top universities and institutes around the world (China, Canada, Japan and Spain). He found that hot-water can completely dissolve and hydrolyze cellulose that was published in I&EC Research, and was further selected as the “95 Most-Cited I&EC Research Publications” (cites: 355 from Scopus). He invented a technique to completely dissolve and fast hydrolyze wood in hot-water that may open up a new field in refining wood solution (US patent#: 8268126). He has 174 scientific publications (papeprs in journals and conference proceedings, reports, books and book chapters) and patents, including more than 90 papers (Scopus-indexed, Scopus Author ID: 7402681505), published in the top international journals in the areas of energy and chemical engineering. The total cites are >2000 times, H index 23 for his papers. He is listed in “2014 Most Cited Chinese Researchers” in energy (Elsevier-Scopus). He wrote 3 books (2 in English), 10 book chapters, 29 papers in refereed conference proceedings and 7 reports, edited 10 books (in English), gave 32 keynote & invited lectures and 27 oral presentations & posters, and filed 27 Chinese, 3 US and 3 international PCT invention patents (19 Chinese and 1 US patents were authorized), and founded a spin-off company in New York to transfer his tech. He won Yunnan governor’s friendship award, serving as Editor-in-Chief, Springer Book Series – Biofuels and Biorefineries; Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Technology Innovations in Renewable Energy; associate editor, Biotechnology for Biofuels (Impact factor 6.2, Highest IF in Biofuels);and 9 editorial board members of international journals (e.g., Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining -Biofpr, IF 4.3; Energy, Sustainability and Society-a Springer open journal).

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