Editors Haibo Xie, and Nicholas Gathergood have done an excellent job organizing their recently published book The Role of Green Chemistry in Biomass Processing and Conversion. This book is an excellent resource for chemists interested in understanding the current state of the art for biomass processing. Compared to other books in the biomass processing field this one focuses more on the molecular level transformations, without losing site of the broader context and drivers for biomass derived chemicals. This advance text is likely to appeal to chemistry students and faculty interested in considering new research in this area, or current researchers and practitioners that want to stay up-to-date concerning the recent technology advances.
The book highlights all of the major classes of process methods used to transform biomass into more valuable chemicals or fuels, while focusing on the chemical methods. They cover chemical methods (ionic liquids, heterogeneous catalysis, super critical CO2, etc.), thermochemical processes (pyrolysis, microwaves, and ultrasonics), and one chapter on microbial technologies. Importantly, this book also considers some of the broader implications of these new technologies including environmental and eco-toxicity impacts of various biofuels and processes. You can purchase the new book here.