Special Issue: Green Chemistry and Engineering Approaches for Waste Valorization

  This special issue is a collection of articles covering recovery of valuable products from waste and its conversion technologies that were presented at the International e-Conference on “Green Chemistry and Engineering towards Sustainable Development-An Industrial Perspective” held during 16-18th June 2021 at Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Surat, Gujarat, India. 

  As per the World Bank report, with the rapid population growth and urbanization, the annual waste generation is expected to reach 3.40 billion tonnes in 2050. Waste valorization is the process of converting waste materials into useful chemical products, sustainable materials and other forms of energy. Due to the rapid deterioration of natural resources in addition to waste generation, providing eco-friendly solutions through waste management has become the need of the hour. Disposal and treatment of wastes lead to emission of greenhouse gases and ultimately contributing to the perennial problem of climate change. In this regard, research in various scientific domains are being conducted towards the utilization of green chemistry approach via extraction, catalytic conversion, microwave radiation, etc., to process various waste streams into sustainable energy, fuels and other added value products with a circular economy concept in the background. Moreover, the biorefinery model based on biowastes encompasses environmental, economic and social sustainability resulting in a win-win-win situation. 

  Moreover, the theme for the 2021 conference was based on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all the member states of the United Nations in 2015 and the SDGs adopted therein require focus on greener aspects as the final outcome must be attained using the zero or minimum environmental impact, energy efficiency, benign chemicals (raw materials, solvents and products) with economic feasibility. This reflects the role of technology and engineering in creating an integrated closed-loop economy for a sustainable future. Concepts of Green Chemistry and Green Engineering have to be imbibed in any process/product/system in order to ultimately achieve the goal of sustainable development. Accordingly, this special issue welcomes research and review articles with a focus on adopting green chemistry and engineering measures towards waste valorization.

Topics covered include, but not limited to

  • Green Processes in Pharmaceutical and Chemical Industries 
  • Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals 
  • Petroleum Refining and Petrochemicals 
  • Green and Sustainable Chemistry in Environment 
  • Eco-friendly Polymeric Materials 
  • Green Nanotechnology 
  • Process Intensification Techniques in Green Chemistry and Engineering
  • Waste to Wealth 
  • Renewable Energy and Clean Energy 
  • Future Trends in Green Chemistry and Engineering


GUEST EDITORS

Prof. Dr. Jigisha K. Parikh
Department of Chemical Engineering
Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Surat 
395007, Gujarat, India
jkp@ched.svnit.ac.in

Dr. S.K. Sundar
Department of Chemical Engineering
Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Surat 
395007, Gujarat, India
sundarsk@ched.svnit.ac.in


Submissions:
Please note this special issue is limited to papers presented at the Green Chemistry and Engineering towards Sustainable Development-An Industrial Perspective conference.