Release of Ange NZIHOU's book, "Handbook on characterization of biomass, biowaste and related by-products"

Ange NZIHOU, professor at the Centre RAPSODEE IMT Mines Albi, is proud to present his new book written in collaboration with 87 co-authors from 16 different countries.

03 March 2020

An exceptional and rich human adventure

Ange NZIHOU is proud to announce the publication of the reference book "Handbook on characterization of biomass, biowaste and related by-products" with the publisher Springer Nature released in February 2020. The writing and publication of this book is based on a vague idea which has been confirmed over time and which is now taking shape in a major achievement compared to the state of the art in the field. Ange told us, "that it was necessary to convince the publisher Springer Nature of the interest and the need to have a reference book of this type in the field. It was also necessary to identify the best teams at the global level, explain the project to them, explain why this book could be a reference. This has resulted in long hours of exchanges with everyone to refine the project".



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A truly exceptional and rich human adventure, Ange NZIHOU admits to having been impressed by the support and motivation of colleagues for this project. " In the end, the team work in project mode with colleagues from Albi and from all over the world (87 co-authors from 16 countries) was the most important thing for me. A combination and convergence of expertise, knowledge, energy and will that makes it possible to overcome doubts and the scope of the task to arrive at this beautiful result."

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Biography of Ange NZIHOU

Ange NZIHOU is a professor at the Centre de Recherche RAPSODEE UMR CNRS 5302 at IMT Mines Albi. This research centre works on biomass and waste engineering, renewable energy and powder engineering. He is the founder and editor of the Journal "Waste and Biomass Valorization", Springer. He is also the founding president of the Wasteeng Lecture Series. The journal and lecture series are now a unique forum for the international community of researchers working on the conversion of biomass and waste into energy and value-added materials. This conference is labeled by the US AICHE and ACS, and by the European Commission.


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His team has developed internationally recognized research on the thermochemical conversion processes of biomass and waste into energy and value-added materials. A second main area is the characterization, mechanisms, elaboration, functionalization of composite/hybrid materials (sorbents, catalysts, energy vectors, sensors) for energy and depollution. His team’s contribution in this area was rewarded by Thomson Reuters in February 2018 as 'Top 1 world publishing researcher' for 'Breakthrough and Innovative Research in New Materials for Energy and Environment' 'Engineered Phosphates for Energy and Environment'.

During his career, he has already published more than 150 articles in peer-reviewed international scientific journals, 3 books and directed about 30 doctoral theses. He has been invited to present more than 40 plenary lectures at international conferences over the past 10 years. He is a visiting professor at several leading universities in the United States, China, India and Europe and an expert on international institutions and companies.

Among the most significant distinctions, one can mention the promotion as a Knight in the National Order of Merit in 2017, the Grand Prix de l'Académie des Sciences (France) in association with l'IMT (Institut Mines-Télécom). This award recognizes a national or international scientist who has made an outstanding contribution to a specific field through a recognized body of work. Ange Nzihou obtained it in the field: Science and technologies of the energy transition.

Summary of the book

This book provides authoritative information, techniques and data necessary for the appropriate understanding of biomass and biowaste (understood as contaminated biomass) composition and behaviour while processed in various conditions and technologies. Numerous techniques for characterizing biomass, biowaste and by-product streams exist in literature. However, there lacks a reference book where these techniques are gathered in a single book, although such information is in increasingly high demand. This handbook provides a wealth of characterization methods, protocols, standards, databases and references relevant to various biomass, biowaste materials and by-products. It specifically addresses sampling and preconditioning methods, extraction techniques of elements and molecules, as well as biochemical, mechanical and thermal characterization methods. Furthermore, advanced and innovative methods under development are highlighted. The characterization will allow the analysis, identification and quantification of molecules and species including biomass feedstocks and related conversion products. The characterization will also provide insight into physical, mechanical and thermal properties of biomass and biowaste as well as the resulting by-products.


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