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The major by-product of biodiesel production process is glycerol which can be technically/environmentally problematic. Catalytic valorization of glycerol into fuel additives could be a promising strategy. However, the effects of catalyst type and its synthesis method on glycerol conversion are instrumental. In the March 2020 Issue of Biofuel Research Journal, Indian researchers applied a highly active and stable CeO2-ZrO2 metal oxide catalyst for esterification of glycerol with acetic acid (DOI: 10.18331/BRJ2020.7.1.2). The developed catalyst was synthesized through the combustion approach and was functionalized with sulphate (SO42-) groups. This study reveals that the sulphated metal oxide catalyst has an excellent activity in glycerol conversion with acetic acid while it is highly selective towards diacetin production (fuel additive). Photography & Cover art by BiofuelResJ. ©2020.

BRJ publishes high-quality original articles, review articles, case studies, book reviews, short communications, and hypotheses on the fundamentals, applications, processing, and management of biofuel research and technologies:

  • Biodiesel
  • Bioalcohols (bioethanol, biobuthanol, etc.)
  • Biogas (biomethane & biohydrogen)
  • Biomass valorization
  • Algal biofuels
  • Bioprocess (bioreactions, bioreactors, membrane-bioreactors, fermentation, etc.)
  • Biorefineries
  • Applied microbiology
  • Combustion
  • Bioresource technologies associated with conversion or production of biofuel

Moreover, novel and integrated biofuel processing and hybrid systems as well as energy audit for biofuel production plants are of interest. The journal also seeks to publish articles with a focus on the application of artificial photosynthesis for biofuels production, carbon footprint analysis, strategies for limiting green house gas (GHG) emissions, life cycle assessment (LCA) and exergy analysis of biofuel production/application pathways, compliance with the international standards (such as PAS 2050:2011 and ISO 14040:2006), technoeconomic analysis of biofuel production/application, impacts of biofuels production/consumption on climate change, futuristic pathways for biofuels production, and promotion of biofuel applications in the developing world for indigenous development. In addition to the above, BRJ also considers articles with a focus on biofuels and bioproducts in Circular Economy and biofuels finance.

Biofuel Research Journal is indexed in Scopus and Web of Science.

BRJ does not charge any submission or publication fees. 

Editor-in-Chief: Meisam Tabatabaei

International Advisory Board: Yusuf Chisti, Ahmad Fauzi Ismail, Seeram Ramakrishna, Solange I. Mussatto

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Current Issue: Volume 7, Issue 1, Winter 2020, Pages 1100-1142 

Research Paper

2. Kinetic studies on the synthesis of fuel additives from glycerol using CeO2–ZrO2 metal oxide catalyst

Pages 1100-1108

10.18331/BRJ2020.7.1.2

Rajeswari M. Kulkarni; Pradima J. Britto; Archna Narula; Syed Saqline; Deeksha Anand; C. Bhagyalakshmi; R. Nidhi Herle

Kinetic studies on the synthesis of fuel additives from glycerol using CeO<sub>2</sub>–ZrO<sub>2</sub> metal oxide catalyst


Review Paper

4. Pretreatment methods for lignocellulosic biofuels production: current advances, challenges and future prospects

Pages 1115-1127

10.18331/BRJ2020.7.1.4

Wai Yan Cheah; Revathy Sankaran; Pau Loke Show; Tg. Nilam Baizura Tg. Ibrahim; Kit Wayne Chew; Alvin Culaba; Jo-Shu Chang

Pretreatment methods for lignocellulosic biofuels production: current advances, challenges and future prospects


5. Biorefinery perspectives of microbial electrolysis cells (MECs) for hydrogen and valuable chemicals production through wastewater treatment

Pages 1128-1142

10.18331/BRJ2020.7.1.5

Abudukeremu Kadier; Pratiksha Jain; Bin Lai; Mohd Sahaid Kalil; Sanath Kondaveeti; Khulood Fahad Saud Alabbosh; Ibrahim M Abu-Reesh; Gunda Mohanakrishna

Biorefinery perspectives of microbial electrolysis cells (MECs) for hydrogen and valuable chemicals production through wastewater treatment