Special Issue: "Biofuels"  Energies Journal
MDPI launched a new publication platform at www.mdpi.com.
Guest Editor:
Clifford Louime, Ph.D.
Research Associate, Grapes Breeding and Genetics, Center For Viticulture and Small Fruit Research
Florida A&M University, 6505 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32315, USA
Tel: 850-412-7395, Fax: 850-561-2617, Email: clifford.louime@famu.edu

Deadline for Paper Submission:  31 October 2008


Dear Colleagues,

The value of biomass as a sustainable source of energy and carbon has been heralded for years.

Despite the information available on enzyme systems and plant cell walls structure, application of this knowledge to biomass conversion into biofuels and useful chemicals has met with limited success.


The goal of this special issue is to examine the stand of the latest available technologies to ensure a sustainable commercial use of biomass wastes.

Dr. Clifford Louime


1. Biomass Characterization & Analysis:
1a. Characterization of biomass feedstock and products;
1b. Process design;
1c. Development of new methods and tools
2. Biochemical Conversion Technologies:
2a. Development of pretreatment technologies;
2b. Cellulase Enzyme Development: e.g. basic science underlying enzymatic hydrolysis;
2c. Strain Development: metabolic engineering techniques;
3. Thermochemical Conversion Technologies:
3a. Gasification R&D;
3b. Pyrolysis processes;
4. Biobased Product & Development:
4a. Discovery, improvement, and development of conversion  technologies;
4b. Novel separation technologies;
4c. Quantifying the quality and performance of biobased products;
Planned and Published Papers
Open Access
Arjun B. Chhetri 1, K. Chris Watts 2 and M. Rafiqul Islam 1,*

1 Civil and Resources Engineering, Dalhousie University, Room D510, 1360 Barrington St., Box 1000, Halifax, N.S. B3J 2X4, Canada; E-mail: kcarjun@gmail.com (for Arjun B. Chhetri)
2 Process Engineering, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Box 1000, Halifax, N.S. B3J 2X4, Canada; Tel. +1 (902) 494-3269; Fax
+1 (902) 420-7639; E-mail: chris.watts@dal.ca
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed; E-mail: rafiqul.islam@dal.ca
Received: 27 March 2008 / Accepted: 9 April 2008 / Published: 10 April 2008
Article: Waste Cooking Oil as an Alternate Feedstock for Biodiesel Production
Energies 2008, 1, 3-18 (PDF format 171 K); DOI: 10.3390/en1010003

Open Access
David Pimentel *, Alison Marklein, Megan A. Toth, Marissa Karpoff, Gillian S. Paul, Robert McCormack, Joanna Kyriazis and Tim Krueger
5126 Comstock Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed; E-mail: Dp18@cornell.edu
Received: 29 July 2008 / Accepted: 11 September 2008 / Published: 16 September 2008

Review: Biofuel Impacts on World Food Supply: Use of Fossil Fuel, Land and Water Resources
Energies 2008, 1, 41-78 (PDF format 230 K); DOI: 10.3390/en1020041

Open Access
Abiney L. Cardoso, Soraia Cristina Gonzaga Neves and Marcio J. da Silva *
Departament of Chemistry, Federal University of Viçosa, Viçosa, Minas Gerais, Brazil, 36570-000.
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed; E-Mail:silvamj2003@ufv.br
Received: 5 August 2008; in revised form: 16 September 2008 / Accepted: 17 September 2008 / Published: 24 September 2008

Article: Esterification of Oleic Acid for Biodiesel Production Catalyzed by SnCl2: A Kinetic Investigation
Energies 2008, 1, 79-92 (PDF format 110 K); DOI: 10.3390/en1020079

See also papers published in another MDPI journal International Journal of Molecular Sciences.

Leading Papers and Reviews


All papers should be submitted to energies@mdpi.org with copy to the guest editor. To be published continuously until the deadline and papers will be listed together at the special  websites. 


Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Instructions for Authors page. Energies is an international peer-reviewed quarterly journal published by Molecular Diversity Preservation International.


Please visit the instructions for authors at http://www.mdpi.org/energies/publguid.htm before submitting a paper. Open Access publication fees are 800 CHF per paper. English correction fees (250 CHF) will be added in certain cases (1050 CHF per paper for those papers that require extensive additional formatting and/or English corrections.).

Mr. Matthias Burkhalter
MDPI Center - Energies Office
Kandererstrasse 25 - CH-4057 Basel / Switzerland
E-mail: energies@mdpi.org; burkhalter@mdpi.org
Tel +41 61 683 7734, Fax +41 61 302 8918

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