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Biorenewable Resources: Engineering New Products from Agriculture

ISBN: 978-0-8138-2263-1
286 pages
April 2003, Wiley-Blackwell
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Immense potential for sustainable development lies in the production of fuels, chemicals, and materials from bioresources. This timely book provides comprehensive coverage of the engineering systems that convert agricultural crops and residues into bioenergy and biobased products.


Leading the way as the first textbook for coursework on biobased products, Biorenewable Resources: Engineering New Products from Agriculture covers not only pertinent technologies but offers a primer on necessary foundation subjects the student or other reader may lack: organic chemistry, thermodynamics, plant science, crop production, environmental science, and process economics. Of special value to those working or planning to work in the field are compilations of bioresource properties, such as


  • production yields,
  • bulk densities and moisture content,
  • summative analysis of plant materials, and
  • chemical conversion yields.


By defining this multi-disciplinary field—at the interface between agricultural sciences and process engineering—Robert C. Brown has produced an introductory textbook that also serves as a handbook for agronomists, engineers, chemists, and environmentalists.

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Preface.

1. Introduction.

2. Fundamental Concepts in Understanding Bioenergy and Biobased Products.

3. The Biorenewable Resource Base.

4. Production of Biorenewable Resources.

5. Products from Biorenewable Resources.

6. Conversion of Biorenewable Resources into Heat and Power.

7. Processing of Biorenewable Resources into Chemical and Fuels.

8. Processing of Biorenewable Resources into Natural Fibers.

9. Environmental Impact of the BioEconomy.

10. Economics of Biorenewable Resources.

Appendix.

Index.

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Robert C. Brown is professor of chemical engineering and mechanical engineering at Iowa State University, Ames. He is also director of the Center for Sustainable Environmental Technologies, which explores the use of both fossil and biomass fuels for the production of chemicals and energy.
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* sustainable development lies in the production of fuels, chemicals, and materials from bioresources

* comprehensive coverage of the engineering systems that convert agricultural crops and residues into bioenergy and biobased products.

* first textbook for coursework on biobased products which includes information on organic chemistry, thermodynamics, plant science, crop production, environmental science, and process economics

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promises to become the intellectual and technical gateway to a sustainable, renewable resource-based industrial society.” --Wolfgang G. Glasser, Professor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg
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