The Introduction of the Special Issue

Biomass can be converted to energy, biofuels, and bioproducts via thermochemical conversion processes, such as combustion, pyrolysis, and gasification. Combustion technology is the most widely applied on an industrial scale. However, pyrolysis and hydrothermal carbonization processes are still in research and development stage. The major products from these processes are syngas, bio-oil and char (called also biochar for agronomic application). Among these products, biomass derived chars have received an increasing attention for different applications, such as gasification, co-combustion, catalysts or adsorbents precursor, soil amendment, carbon fuel cells, supercapacitors.

This Special Issue provides an overview for biomass chars production methods (pyrolysis, hydrothermal carbonization, etc.), the characterization techniques and their suitable recovery in energy, agronomy, environmental and materials applications.


The Research Scope of the Special Issue

·Sustainable Biomass Resources


·Hydrothermal Carbonization

·Characterization techniques

·Soil amendment

·Pollutants removal

·Energy production


The Article Title of the Special Issue

Biomass Derived Chars for Energy, Environmental, Agronomic applications


Submission guidelines

All papers should be submitted via the Insight - Carbon Materials submission system: http://insight.piscomed.com/index.php/ICAR

Submitted articles should not be published or under review elsewhere. All submissions will be subject to the journal’s standard peer review process. Criteria for acceptance include originality, contribution, scientific merit and relevance to the field of interest of the Special Issue.


Important Dates

Paper Submission Due: March 30 , 2020


The Lead Guest Editor

Mejdi Jeguirim

Dr. Mejdi Jeguirim is a professor at the University of Haute Alsace (France) in the field of energy and process engineering. He dedicates most of his career to the biomass valorization through thermochemical conversion and the chars elaboration for energy and syngas production, pollutants removal, soil amendment. He has edited the book char and carbon materials derived from biomass that has been published in Elsevier on march 2019.

The research activities of  Professor Jeguirim were performed in the frame of international collaborations and industrial contracts. He acted as PhD advisor for 10 students and he co-authored more than 100 referred international publications. He is editorial boards member of international scientific journals (Energy, Energy for Sustainable development, Energies, Biofuels) and has organized several special issues as guest editors. He belongs to the scientific committee of international congresses and involved as a scientific expert for several national and international research programs. He has received the French National Research Excellence Award for researcher with high level scientific activity for the 2009-2012, 2013-2016 and 2017-2020 periods.