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Porous Carbon Materials from Sustainable Precursors
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The search for new functional porous carbons; Starbons (R); Hydrothermal carbonisation; Characterisation of porous carbonaceous solids; Commercialisation

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Secondary Address: FMF - Freiburger Materialforschungszentrum Stefan-Meier-Strasse 21, 79104 Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. Dr. Rafael Luque is currently a Ramon y Cajal fellow in the Departamento de Quimica Organica of Universidad de Cordoba (UCO) in Spain. He got his Ph.D from Universidad de Cordoba (2002-2005), spending 9 months in the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence at York University under the supervision of Dr. Duncan Macquarrie. Following a 3 year postdoctoral in the Green Chemistry Centre under the supervision of Prof. James Clark (2005-2008), he returned back to UCO where he was recently granted a prestigious Ramon y Cajal Fellowship (2009-2014) coming up second at a national level in the broad area of Chemistry. Dr. Luque is co-author of more than 75 publications (2005-2010, h index= 14), 2 patents, more than 15 book chapters and 80+ international conference contributions (>15 oral presentations) including several invited and keynote speeches at International conferences. His work has received more than 450 citations (2005-2010) and in the past 5 years, with many recognitions to his work as hot articles, highlights in synfacts and other publications, press articles and journal covers. Dr. Luque is editor-in-chief of the book Handbook of biofuels production: processes and technologies to be published by Woodhead publishing/CRC Press in September 2010. Currently, Dr. Luque is also guest editor of a special issue of C-heteroatom couplings for the journal Current Organic Synthesis and co-editor (with Prof. Jose Goldemberg) of a biofuels themed issue for the journal Energy and Environmental Science from the RSC. His research interests are Green Chemistry applied to nanomaterials, supported metal/metal oxide nanoparticles on porous materials, heterogeneous catalysis and biofuels. CSIC, Spain

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"This is a timely volume ... a good introduction for early stage researchers seeking to familiarise themselves with the field ... an in-depth report of porous carbon materials, their synthesis, and their applications ... Overall, the book gives an excellent introduction to the motivations and strategic significance of the field. The overview of materials, synthesis, and characterisation constitutes a useful reference for researchers in the field." -- JP Connolly This is a timely volume given current concerns over climate and environment leading to recent articles on the mass extinction event we are in, and recent pronouncements by the pope Francis. In this context, this book is concerned with gathering current state of knowledge for sustainable routes to carbon based materials in industries ranging from the petrochemical to agricultural applications. The first and foremost is the field of provision of organic carbon-based materials for energy in particular as well as the wide range of industrial and medical, and especially the important agricultural applications. This is a thriving field in renewable energy fields, covering synthesis from thermal inorganic routes to organic solutions. The difficult transition from the current industry based on fossil fuels to a sustainable one is underlined by this text and forms one of the main motivations for this collection of topics. The twelve chapters lead the reader through the topic starting with a review of the technologies relying on porous carbon. This first chapter lays the foundations of the sustainable technology focus of the topic, and is a good introduction for early stage researchers seeking to familiarise themselves with the field. It gives an over-view of future technological scenarios such as the hydrogen economy, the methane economy, and so on, that have been proposed. The chapter gives only a brief discussion of their likely adoption in future, and instead focusses on informing the reader of the main features of these alternatives, and concludes with a more detailed overview of nanostructured carbon-based materials in the field. The bulk of the book constitutes an in-depth report of porous carbon materials, their synthesis, and their applications, with an interesting accent, intentional or not, on energy applications where we mention just the zero-net carbon fuels synthesis to CO2 sequestration technologies. The book includes chapters on characterisation of porous carbon systems and description of their interaction with a range of materials corresponding to the applications mentioned in the chapters describing forms of porous carbon. The concluding chapter is a brief review of commercial applications together with a mention of other approaches for synthesis of porous carbon materials. This is the only section of the book which could do with some development since it contains material for at least two chapters. Overall, the book gives an excellent introduction to the motivations and strategic significance of the field. The overview of materials, synthesis, and characterisation constitutes a useful reference for researchers in the field. -- JP Connolly

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