Sustainable development, circular economy, reuse, recycle, valorize, produce rationally, etc., are concepts that must be part of our lives. The more all sectors of society are able to develop them, the better will be our quality of life and that of future generations.
The scientific community plays a very important role, because from the basic knowledge arises the technology that allows the citizen to transfer what has been developed in the laboratory.
Many scientists and technicians are studying the cellulose industry field to adapt the well-known paper production process to the above-mentioned sustainable economy concept. To this end, not only the improvement of the processes involved in pulp and paper industry through biotechnology but also their modification in order to integrate the pulp mill into a biorefinery, is being undertaken. Thus, the need for the use of each one of the wood cell wall components is imperative and under this concept, it can be achieved.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
- New raw materials, analysis and characterization of biomass
- Pre-treatment, fractionation processes
- Catalytic and biocatalytic conversion to fuels and to fine chemicals and chemical platforms
- Clean technologies
- Biobased polymers. Natural fiber based polymeric composites
- Nanolignocellulose and nanocellulose
- Bio-refinery: derivatives of cellulose, hemicellulose, lignin and extractives
- New industrial experiences
- LCA, life cycle assessment
- Food packaging
- Lignocellulosic Food additives