An Open-Access Book on Catalysis for Biomass Conversion
The book emanated from a Summer 2010 school (held in Germany), which was co-supported by the PIRE program led by Abhaya Datye, CBiRC, and its international partners. (Reference: Behrens, Malte and Abhaya Datye (eds.) Catalysis for the Conversion of Biomass and Its Derivatives. Max Planck Research Library for the History and Development of Knowledge, Proceedings 2. Berlin: Edition Open Access (ISBN 978-3-8442-4282-9). 2013. http://www.edition-open-access.de/proceedings/2/ ).
Each of the book's 13 chapters reflects a presentation given by a subject expert from the United States or Europe. As noted in the introduction to the text, “All chapters present introductory material designed to root the subject back into the respective disciplinary foundations as well as state-of-the-art results illuminating current knowledge. While a remote observer may be fascinated by the detail of understanding gained in some aspects of the treatment of the complex and non-uniform material called 'biomass,' the experts feel that the current understanding of catalysis, mainly devoted to increase the functionality of feedstock molecules for desired chemical reactivity, is still unsuitable to efficiently deal with the transformation of biomass. ”