1st Edition

Biofuels Scientific Explorations and Technologies for a Sustainable Environment

Edited By Samudra Banik, Debasis Bagchi Copyright 2024
    614 Pages 112 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Biofuels are promising eco-friendly, renewable energy alternatives, simultaneously curbing the dependence on depleting fossil fuel reserves, reducing the global carbon footprint. However, there have been technological constraints deterring the global wide-scale adoption of biofuel. Biofuels: Scientific Explorations and Technologies for a Sustainable Environment presents a comprehensive analysis of different types of biofuels. Five sections provide detailed information on the history and discovery of biofuels, first-generation biofuels, second-generation biofuels, third-generation biofuels, and beyond, as well as prospects of biofuels as cleaner and greener alternatives.


    • Introduces the history of the origin of biofuels
    • Narrates the evolution of biofuel raw material beyond generations, from food crops to plastic waste
    • Explains the application of primary biofuel types: biodiesel, bioethanol, and biohydrogen
    • Discusses the promises and prospects of biofuel for a cleaner, sustainable future

    Biofuels: Scientific Explorations and Technologies for a Sustainable Environment analyzes the promising future of biofuel technology and its judicious use to minimize dependency on fossil fuels. It is designed for academia, scientists, and researchers, as well as industrialists, environmentalists, biofuel technicians, R&D industries, and those from the petroleum industry.

    Section A: Introduction and Overview


    Chapter 1: History of Biofuel: Ethanol as a Fuel from Neolithic times to Twentieth Century                                                                                                

    Timothy J. Tse and Martin J. T. Reaney


    Section B: Bioethanol: A Prospective Biofuel


    Chapter 2: Bioethanol from food crops - Corn, sugar cane and soybean   

    N. Rajesh, M. Vidya Vani, T. Chandrasekhar, V. Anuprasanna, K. Riazunnisa


    Chapter 3: Cellulosic ethanol: A paradigm shift from food crops

    Arunima Biswas


    Chapter 4: Filamentous fungi: The production powerhouses of cellulolytic and hemicellulolytic enzymes

    Shakuntala Ghorai


    Chapter 5: Advances in enzymatic hydrolysis and saccharification technology

    Manoj Kumar Koradiya





    Chapter 6: Harnessing the potential of lignocellulolytic enzymes: Advances in pretreatment technologies for conversion of lignocellulose to cellulosic ethanol

    Arpan Das



    Chapter 7: Tweaking Cellulolytic Enzyme Aggregates for Enhanced Bioethanol Production

    Samudra Prosad Banik, Rituparna Ghosh, Suman Khowala, Manashi Bagchi, Debasis Bagchi


    Chapter 8: A step ahead towards improved cellulosic ethanol production   

    Dr. Souvik Roy, Sampreet Manna, Subhayu Chowdhury & Dr. Lopamudra Choudhury



    Chapter 9: Genetically engineered designer cell factories for cellulosic ethanol production

    Soumi Guha Polley


    Section C: Biodiesel


    Chapter 10: A review on Biodiesel production

    Dr. Ali Gholami and Dr  Fathollah Pourfayaz, PhD


    Chapter 11: Prospects and Challenges in microbial biodiesel production

    Subhasis Sarkar, Bannhi Das, Koushik Mukherjee


    Chapter 12: A Review on Industrial Biodiesel Production from Mixed Oils

    Siri Fung Basumatary, Sujata Brahma, Bipul Das and Sanjay Basumatary


    Chapter 13: Enhanced Lipid production from oleaginous yeast using optimized fermentation techniques to obtain biodiesel

    Sweta Sinha, Gunjan Singh, Madhusudan Reddy, Debarati Paul



    Chapter 14: Biodiesel fuel from renewable feedstocks: The role of catalysis for sustainable production

    Othmane Amadine, Said Sair, Houda Maati, Soumia Aboulhrouz, Ilham Jiouia, Boutaina rezki, Abu Yousuf, Younes Essamlali, and Mohamed Zahouily


    Chapter 15: Biodiesel production for a Sustainable Future

    Tadios Tesfaye Mamo, I.D. Beza Yetimgeta Kibret, Bamlake Alemayehu Seyoum and Mengizam Tsegaye Getachew



    Section D: Algal Biofuel


    Chapter 16: An insight into “The recent developments of Biofuel production from microalgae”

    Sundipan Bhowmick, Romit Mitra, Raviranjan Kumar, Santoshnambi Yadav, Serveshwar Tripathi, Sayari Mukherjee, Ramkrishna Sen


    Chapter 17: Crude Microbial Enzymes (Fungal enzymes) from Agro-wastes as a Potent Agent for Biological Pretreatment of Algal Biomass Processing to Biofuel Production

    Sangita Mahapatra , Lalit Kumar Singh


    Chapter 18: Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy through Microalgae-based Biofuels

    Samuel Ogbeide Ebhodaghe, Olumuyiwa Timothy Ogundijo


    Chapter 19: Biofuels from algae: the long road to commercial viability

    Biprojit Singha Roy, Priyanjana Nath, Sanmitra Ghosh, Arpita Das, Rajib Majumder


    Section E: Advances in Biofuel Technology


    Chapter 20: Seaweed as Potential Supply Chain for Future Biofuel

    Olanrewaju S Oladokun, Hafiza Shukor, Giulia Guerriero, Syahidah K Ismail, and Okezie I Aruoma


    Chapter 21: Butanol from Biomass: The ABE Fermentation

    Brajesh Kumar, Surendra Kumar


    Chapter 22: Biofuels from chitinous sources                                            

    Aishwarya Krishnamoorthy, Tarun Kumar Upadhyay and Amit Baran Sharangi



    Chapter 23: Chitinolytic enzymes in biofuel production: applications and future challenges

    Vikram Poria, Prakriti Jhilta, Anusha Suresh, Surender Singh, Pawan Kumar, Sandeep Kumar


    Chapter 24: Hydrolases from extremophiles: Exploring alternative strategies for low cost biofuel production

    Avishek Ghosh


    Chapter 25: Animal derivatives as a source of biofuel

    Subir Chandra Dasgupta and Nabanita Ghosh



    Chapter 26:Biofuel from plastic waste: A step forward to a greener and cleaner future

    Bipasha Roy and Avishek Ghosh


    Chapter 27: Biohydrogen production from bio-oil and other sources        

    Thummala Chandrasekhar, Khateef Riazunnisa, Vankara Anu Prasanna, Muni Ramanna Gari Subhosh Chandra


    Chapter 28: Second Generation Biodiesel Production from Household and Industrial Waste

    Bidisha Saha, Mainak Mukhopadhyay, Debalina Bhattacharya


    Chapter 29: Green Biotechnology for Sustainable Development and Climate Change

    Sutapa Saha,Swagatam Pala, Sreeja Dasa, Parakbritta Hazra Duttaa, Ankur Mukhopadhyay



    Section F: Biofuel Economics


    Chapter 30: Analysis of decentralized biofuel-based mini-grid power project with respect to current policy and regulatory framework

    Atreyee Sinha Chakraborty, Satadru Chakraborty, Shantanu Ghosh


    Chapter 31: Biofuel Economy

    Mizik Tamás


    Chapter 32: Profit, Carbon Footprints and Challenges in Biofuel Industries

    Arnab Bose

    North Carolina State University, NC, USA.  



    The Past, Present, and Future of Biofuels: Tomorrow will never be the same

    Samudra Prosad Banik, Rituparna Ghosh, Manashi Bagchi, and Debasis Bagchi



    Debasis Bagchi, PhD, MACN, FRSM, CNS, FISNFF, CFFS, MAIChE, received his Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry in 1982. He is an Adjunct Professor in the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Texas Southern University, Houston, TX; an Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Biology, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, and the Course Director of Neurotoxicology (BIO 585); an Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Psychology, Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, and the Course Co-Director of Integrative Neuroscience Seminar (PIA395-001); and Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Herbs LLC, Concord, CA. Ex-Professor in the Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy, Houston, TX. He served as the Chief Scientific Officer at Cepham Inc, Belmont, NJ, from June 2013, till Dec 2018, and as the Director of Scientific Affairs, VNI Inc., Bonita Springs, FL, from Jan 2019 to Jan 2023. He served as the Senior Vice President of Research & Development of InterHealth Nutraceuticals Inc, Benicia, CA, from 1998 till Feb 2011; Director of Innovation and Clinical Affairs, of Iovate Health Sciences, Oakville, ON, till June 2013.

    Dr. Bagchi received the Master of American College of Nutrition Award in October 2010; became a Fellow of ISNFF in 2021 and awarded an overseas Fellow of Royal Society of Medicine (FRSM) in 2022. He is the Past Chairman of International Society of Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods (ISNFF), Past President of American College of Nutrition, Clearwater, FL, and Past Chair of the Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods Division of Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), Chicago, IL. He is serving as a Distinguished Advisor on the Japanese Institute for Health Food Standards (JIHFS), Tokyo, Japan. Dr. Bagchi is a Member of the Study Section and Peer Review Committee of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD. Dr. Bagchi has 443 papers in peer reviewed journals, 48 books and 20 patents. Dr. Bagchi is also a Member of the Society of Toxicology, Member of the New York Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the Nutrition Research Academy, and Member of the TCE stakeholder Committee of the Wright Patterson Air Force Base, OH. Dr. Bagchi is the Associate Editors of the Journal of Functional Foods, Journal of the American College of Nutrition, and Archives of Medical and Biomedical Research, and also serving as Editorial Board Member of numerous peer reviewed journals, including Antioxidants & Redox Signaling, Cancer Letters, Food & Nutrition Research, Toxicology Mechanisms and Methods, The Original Internist, and other peer reviewed journals.

    Samudra Prosad Banik completed his B.Sc. in Microbiology from Calcutta University, India in 2001. Subsequently he did his Masters from the Department of Biophysics & Molecular Biology from the same University in 2003. Thereafter, he obtained his Ph.D. in protein biochemistry and fungal biotechnology from CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Kolkata in 2009 after qualifying as a Junior Research Fellow in University Grants Commission-National Eligibility Test of India. He has been the recipient of travel grant from International Rice Research Institute, Philippines. He has been serving as Assistant Professor at the Department of Microbiology, Maulana Azad College, Kolkata since 2009. His teaching specialization is Biophysics, Molecular Biology, Microbiology and Protein Biochemistry. He has been the Principal Investigator of one major and one minor research grant awarded by the University Grants Commission, India and the thrust areas of his research interest are 1) Biophysical characterization of glycated proteins and their implications in Type II diabetes and neurodegenerative disorders and 2) Biophysical characterization of industrially important fungal glycosidases in relation to production of cellulosic ethanol. He has authored 27 peer reviewed publications with an average JCR impact factor of more than 3 and has contributed 14  chapters in books. He has successfully mentored one doctoral student till now and numerous Masters’ students for their summer internship. He is a Life member of the Biotech Research Society of India and Microbiologists Society, India. He is presently the Head of his department and also a member of the Internal Quality Assurance Cell of his college.