Recent application of biochar on the catalytic biorefinery and environmental processes

Hyung Won Lee, Heejin Lee, Young Min Kim, Rae su Park, Young Kwon Park

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Lignocellulosic biomass is an abundant and environment-friendly source for renewable energy production. The value and application of biochar, which is obtained from the thermochemical conversion of biomass, is increasing rapidly because of its high carbon content and porosity. The property of biochar, such as surface area, porosity, and number of functional groups, can be improved by controlling the conditions of biomass conversion, biochar activation, and functionalization methods. The production and activation of biochar as well as its potential use for soil remediation, pollutant adsorption, and biorefinery have been reviewed extensively over recent decades. This paper provides a conceptual approach for biochar production and activation together with its application as a catalyst for biorefineries and the removal of environmental contaminants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2147-2150
Number of pages4
JournalChinese Chemical Letters
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2019


  • Activation
  • Biochar
  • Biomass
  • Catalyst
  • Thermochemical conversion


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