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Analytical Techniques and Methods for Biomass

  • Sílvio Vaz Jr.


  • Covers topics neglected in most book literature such as compositional and structural analyses of biomass and its products

  • Presents different approaches on the application of analytical chemistry in a bioeconomy, especially in what regards biorefineries

  • Describes a variety of instrumental techniques, such as chromatography, NMR, X-ray diffraction, mass spectrometry and capillary electrophoresis

  • Illustrates methods adopting green chemistry principles and promotes biomass usage in substitution of petrochemicals


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Alexis Ferrer, Carlos Alciaturi, Alexis Faneite, Josybel Ríos
    Pages 45-83
  3. Davide Savy, Pierluigi Mazzei, Antonio Nebbioso, Marios Drosos, Assunta Nuzzo, Vincenza Cozzolino et al.
    Pages 85-114
  4. Maria Esther Ricci-Silva, Boniek Gontijo Vaz, Géssica Adriana Vasconcelos, Wanderson Romão, Juliana A. Aricetti, Camila Caldana et al.
    Pages 115-141
  5. Oigres Daniel Bernardinelli, Etelnivo Enrique Novotny, Eduardo Ribeiro de Azevêdo, Luiz Alberto Colnago
    Pages 143-172
  6. Idania Valdez-Vazquez, Francisco R. Quiroz-Figueroa, Julián Carrillo-Reyes, Artemisa Medina-López
    Pages 173-196
  7. Augusto Lopes Souto, Vanda Maria de Oliveira, Viviane Cândida da Silva, Mauro Vicentini Correia, Wesley Pereira da Silva, Magno Aparecido Gonçalves Trindade et al.
    Pages 197-234
  8. Luz Marina Flórez-Pardo, Jorge Enrique López-Galán
    Pages 235-273
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 275-280

About this book


This book deals with the application of techniques and methods of chemical analysis for the study of biomass and its conversion processes, aiming to fill the current gap in the book literature on the subject.

The use of various techniques and analytical methods is presented and discussed in a straightforward manner, providing the reader with the possibility of choosing the most appropriate methodologies for analysis of the major classes of plant biomass and its products.

In the present volume, a select group of international specialists describes different approaches to understand the biomass structure, their physical and chemical properties, the parameters of conversion processes, the products and by-products formation and quantification, quality parameters, etc.


Biomass chemistry Biomass chemical analysis Characterization of biomass Lignin characterization Biorefineries Green Chemistry Extraction of natural products

Editors and affiliations

  • Sílvio Vaz Jr.
    • 1
  1. 1.Brazilian Agricultural Research CorporationNational Research Center for Agroenergy (Embrapa Agroenergy) Embrapa Agroenergia, Parque Estação BiológicaBrasíliaBrazil

About the editors

Prof. Dr. Sílvio Vaz Junior holds a BSc degree in Chemistry, a MSc degree in Physical Chemistry and a PhD degree in Analytical Chemistry from University of São Paulo. He was director and partner of two analytical private laboratories related to environmental analysis technologies. Since 2010, he is a research scientist at the state-owned Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) working on the development of renewable chemicals from biomass and analytical chemistry applied to bioenergy and biomass chemistry. He is a member of IUPAC and has published articles and books related to renewable chemistry and analytical chemistry.

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