Biomass conversion strategies have been taking hold of the scientific community agenda in
the evolution of renewable chemical and energy industries. Nonetheless, biomass conversion yet presents
challenges due to its structural complexity and high reactivity of the oxygen functionalities. This
review aims to point out the main encountered difficulties in the conversion of plant-derived feedstocks
and by-products/waste, with a focus on catalytic approaches and efforts of the NanoVal research
group into contributing to a potential future bio-based economy.
Keywords: Biomass valorization, heterogeneous catalysis, catalytic materials, carbon materials, bio-sugars, carbon nanotube.
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