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Biodiesel, as an environmental-friendly renewable energy, receives continuous attention and is extensively studied. How to improve the efficiency of biodiesel production is a hot research topic. As the biodiesel industry grows rapidly, the discharge of main by-product glycerol increases substantially. Therefore, utilizing by-product glycerol to produce high value-added products has become the new focus of attention. Read the rest of this entry »

  Hydrolysis of cellulose to glucose is a crucial step for effective use of lignocellulosic biomass because glucose can be efficiently refined to various biofuels, chemicals, foods and medicines. Therefore, many studies have been done to hydrolyze cellulose to glucose with enzymes, dilute acids and sub- or super-critical water; however, these methods have many disadvantages such as the high cost of enzymes, difficulty in separation of catalysts, corrosion of reactors, undesirable waste effluents and severe reaction conditions. Read the rest of this entry »

  2012.12.31, ProfDong Mingdong and Dr. Lin Lin, who come from iNANO, visited Xishuangbanna tropic botanical garden and lectured for biomass group members. In the morning of December 31, ProfDong first introduced a series research works of using scanning probe microscopy and related techniques for analysis structure characteristics and biological effects of macromolecular under nanometer scales. He emphasized the applications of molecular self assembled in the DNA structure changes, applications of atomic force microscopy in biology, study of the macromolecular self assembly using scanning tunneling microscopy, test and analysis of single molecule mechanical spectrum, Filamentous bacteria transport electrons over centimeter distances. Then, Dr. Lin reported preparation of a novel carbon based catalyst and its application in biodiesel production. Read the rest of this entry »

  According to USPTO Public PAIR,  a U.S. patent #: 8268126 has been issued to Zhen Fang (Kunming, CN) and Chun Fang (WA, US)  for technology that provides a simple and low-cost method to fast dissolve and hydrolyze lignocellulosic biomass with great potential for a novel biorefinery. Read the rest of this entry »

  2012.7.18-19, Dr. Chin-Hua Chia and Dr. Hong Cui, who come from Univesiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and Universityof Hawaiiat Manoa, visited Xishuangbanna tropic botanical garden and lectured for biomass group members. In the afternoon of July 18 , Dr. Chin-Hua Chia first introduced biomass resources in Malaysia, then he reported their research projects, targets and achievements in his research team. Their research achievements including: Production of glucose from EFB cellulose via acid hydrolysis (HCl and H2SO4); Production and characterization of cellulose and nano-crystalline cellulose (NCC) from kenaf core wood; Production of antibacterial cellulose and chitosan beads loaded with silver (Ag) nanoparticles and graphene oxide (GO); et al. Read the rest of this entry »

Recently, Springer has launched a book series entitled, “Biofuels and Biorefineries” with Professor Zhen Fang ( serving as Editor-in-Chief. Read the rest of this entry »

  At present, due to the rapid development of the global biodiesel industry, the main by-product glycerol is produced abundantly (0.1 Kg of glycerol per 1 Kg of biodiesel production), leading to its market price falling sharply. Therefore, it is imperative to develop new applications of glycerol to value-added chemicals and biofuels. Read the rest of this entry »

  Prof. FANG Zhen of Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG) has been recently appointed as an Associate Editor for peer-reviewed scientific journal Biotechnology for Biofuels (impact factor 4.15), after the role of being an Editorial Board Member of it for a few months. Read the rest of this entry »

  Biomass resource is very rich. The annual global biomass production is equivalent to 10 times of world energy consumption. Almost all biomass is in the form of lignocellulose that contains about 50% cellulose (e.g., wood, grass and crop-straws). Therefore, how to effectively and economically convert cellulose to sugars is the key for biorefining of biomass to biofuels and chemicals. Read the rest of this entry »

  During the bioethanol production, pretreatment, serving as the process to de-crystallization of natural cellulose, is required to benefit the subsequent enzymatic saccharification and to increase the porosity of its surface. Read the rest of this entry »

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