Minireview of potential applications of hydrochar derived from hydrothermal carbonization of biomass

June Fang, Lu Zhan, Yong Sik Ok, Bin Gao

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Abstract

This review provides a brief overview of the potential applications of hydrochar and its derivatives. It first summarized the key processes of hydrothermal carbonization (HTC) of biomass and basic properties of the resulting hydrochar. Most of the efforts of this review is then on reviewing the potential applications of hydrochar in various fields including environment, energy, adsorbent and medical applications. It also discusses different modification and activation methods to produce hydrochar-based engineered carbon materials for enhanced performances in those applications, particularly with respect to their application as low-cost adsorbents for the removal of heavy metals, organics, phosphate and pathogens.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-21
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry
Volume57
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jan 25
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Fuel
  • Hydrothermal conversion
  • Pyrolysis
  • Soil amendment
  • Sorbent

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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