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White Biotechnology - sustainability in industry

White biotechnology is a fast-emerging area that concerns itself with the use of biotechnological approaches in the production of bulk and fine chemicals, biofuels, and agricultural products. The laudable aim of white biotechnology is to create a sustainable society. While there has been occasional conflict between scientists and environmentalists, white biotechnology should lead to a synergy between these two groups of people. It is a truly multidisciplinary area and further progress depends critically on the role of chemists.

This series presents the latest research in these areas from investigators at research institutions and commercial enterprises.

Editors: Dr Rafal Bogel-Lukasik, Prof Arthur Ragauskas, Prof Roland Ulber


  1. Content type: Research article

    Testing and further investigation of organosilica microspheres functionalized with aqueous glycerol as solid curing agents for polyurethane (PU) foams confirms the potential of these materials to cure better a...

    Authors: Rosaria Ciriminna, Ana C Marques, João C Bordado, Aster de Schrijver and Mario Pagliaro

    Citation: Sustainable Chemical Processes 2014 2:24

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  2. Content type: Review

    With the increasing environmental concerns such as sustainability and end-of-life disposal challenges, materials derived from renewable resources such as nanocellulose have been strongly advocated as potential...

    Authors: Sandeep S Nair, JY Zhu, Yulin Deng and Arthur J Ragauskas

    Citation: Sustainable Chemical Processes 2014 2:23

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Reducing the energy used in an ethanol plant is an important step towards reducing both the cost and environmental impact of the process. Pinch technology was used to analyze the energy utilization and to inve...

    Authors: Elisabeth Joelsson, Mats Galbe and Ola Wallberg

    Citation: Sustainable Chemical Processes 2014 2:20

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Due to the depletion of fossil fuel energy sources, new alternative energy sources are becoming prevalent in our society. Biodiesel has been recognized as an attractive replacement for depleting energy sources...

    Authors: Brian M Agee, Gene Mullins and Daniel J Swartling

    Citation: Sustainable Chemical Processes 2014 2:21

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