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On the Cover
Vol. 11, Issue 1

In the domain of sustainable agriculture, a groundbreaking study (DOI: 10.18331/BRJ2024.11.1.3) sheds light on enhanced micronutrient delivery and soil health. A team of German researchers has devised a novel method for producing manganese-enriched fertilizers, leveraging artificial humic substances (AHS). These synthetic materials, derived from biomass, replicate the beneficial attributes of natural humic substances. By integrating manganese directly into the AHS structure during its hydrothermal treatment, the researchers engineer amorphous, readily available fertilizer complexes that surpass conventional manganese salts. Moreover, alongside manganese, the utilization of AHS demonstrates an impressive capacity to augment iron transport, underscoring the broad potential of these materials for managing micronutrient transport. This innovation in fertilizer production resonates with the growing interest in AHS, recently acknowledged as a leading emerging technology by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). This pioneering approach envisions a future where the sustainable utilization of biomass via hydrothermal humification significantly enhances agricultural methodologies. Cover art by BiofuelResJ. ©2024.


Biofuel Research Journal (BRJ) is a leading, peer-reviewed academic journal dedicated to publishing high-quality research on biofuels, bioproducts, and related biomass-derived materials and technologies. BRJ is an open-access online journal and completely free-of-charge, aiming to advance knowledge and understanding of sustainable energy solutions, environmental protection, and the circular economy through cutting-edge research and innovative applications. The journal welcomes original articles, review papers, case studies, short communications, and hypotheses in the following areas:

  1. Biofuels and Bioproducts: Exploring the production, characterization, and application of various biofuels, such as biodiesel, bioalcohols (bioethanol, biobutanol), biogas (biomethane, biohydrogen), algal biofuels, and other emerging biofuel sources. Additionally, BRJ encourages research on bioproducts, including biocomposites, bio-based smart materials, and innovative applications in the fields of food, pharmaceuticals, and beyond.
  2. Biomass Valorization: Investigating efficient and sustainable methods for biomass conversion, including biorefineries, bioprocesses, and advanced biomass utilization techniques to maximize energy and value-added product yields.
  3. Biomass-Derived Materials for Energy and Storage Systems: Advancing research on biomass-derived materials with potential applications in energy conversion and storage systems, including fuel cells, batteries, supercapacitors, and photovoltaic modules.
  4. Biomass-Derived Materials for Environmental Sustainability: Exploring using biomass-derived catalysts and materials for carbon dioxide capture and conversion to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, researching biomass-derived catalysts for air, soil, and water pollution mitigation contributes to improved environmental quality.
  5. Biomass-Derived Materials for Sustainable Applications: Investigating the use of biomass-derived materials in food applications, such as sustainable packaging materials or functional food ingredients, as well as their potential in biomedical applications, drug delivery systems, tissue engineering, and regenerative medicine.
  6. Biomass-Derived Materials for Catalytic Applications: Advancing the understanding and development of biomass-derived materials with catalytic properties, enabling green and sustainable manufacturing processes and chemical transformations.
  7. Techno-Economic and Environmental Assessments: Analyzing the techno-economic feasibility and environmental sustainability (life cycle assessment, exergy, emergy, risk assessment) of biofuel, bioproduct, and biomass-derived materials production and application pathways, ensuring their compatibility with international standards (e.g., PAS 2050:2011 and ISO 14040:2006).
  8. Climate Change and Sustainability: Investigating the impacts of biofuel and bioproduct production and consumption on climate change and promoting innovative, low-carbon pathways for their production and use. Articles focusing on strategies for limiting greenhouse gas emissions and promoting circular economy principles in the bioenergy sector are encouraged.
  9. Novel Processing and Integrated Systems: Highlighting innovative approaches and integrated systems for biofuel and bioproduct processing, as well as energy audits for production plants to enhance efficiency and sustainability.
  10. Artificial Photosynthesis for Biofuels Production: Exploring cutting-edge research on artificial photosynthesis as a potential green route for biofuels production.
  11. Promotion of Biofuels and Bioproducts in Developing Economies: Encouraging research on the promotion and adoption of biofuels and bioproducts in developing economies to foster indigenous development and sustainable energy solutions.
  12. Biofuels and Bioproducts in Circular Economy: Addressing the role of biofuels and bioproducts in the circular economy framework, focusing on resource efficiency, waste valorization, and sustainability.
  13. Biofuels and Bioproducts Finance: Exploring financial aspects related to biofuels and bioproducts, including investment strategies, funding mechanisms, and economic considerations for the development and commercialization of sustainable bioenergy solutions.

BRJ aims to foster interdisciplinary collaborations among researchers, engineers, scientists, policymakers, and industry experts to accelerate the adoption of sustainable energy solutions and foster a greener future. The journal is committed to maintaining the highest standards of peer review and editorial integrity, ensuring that only high-quality and impactful research is published.


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Editor-in-Chief: Vijai Kumar Gupta


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Current Issue: Volume 11, Issue 1, March 2024, Pages 1999-2064 

Research Paper

Critical impacts of energy targeting on the sustainability of advanced biobutanol separation

Pages 1999-2012


Keikhosro Karimi; Benyamin Khoshnevisan; Joeri F.M. Denayer

Critical impacts of energy targeting on the sustainability of advanced biobutanol separation

Artificial humic substances as sustainable carriers for manganese: Development of a novel bio-based microfertilizer

Pages 2013-2024


Alexander Volikov; Helen Schneider; Nadezda V. Tarakina; Nader Marzban; Markus Antonietti; Svitlana Filonenko

Artificial humic substances as sustainable carriers for manganese: Development of a novel bio-based microfertilizer