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Advancing biological production of fuels, chemicals, and biomaterials


Biotechnology for Biofuels has a new subtitle: 'Advancing biological production of fuels, chemicals, and biomaterials'. The change comes with an updated aims and scope to welcome a greater diversity of research and more explicitly encompass biotechnological advances to produce chemicals and biomaterials from carbonaceous feedstocks. Read our revised aims and scope here.



Thematic series
Lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases
Edited by: Dr Jean-Guy Berrin and Dr Paul Walton


Thematic series
The US-DOE Bioenergy Science Center (BESC): Findings and Perspectives
Edited by: Prof Edward Bayer, Dr Brian Davison and Dr Michael Himmel

Thematic series
Life cycle analysis
Edited by: Dr Michael Wang


Thematic series
Chemicals and bioproducts from biomass
Edited by: Prof James du Preez


Thematic series
Special issue from the 20th International Symposium on Alcohol Fuels (ISAF 2013): Alcohol fuels enabling sustainable development
Edited by: Prof Willem H van Zyl

Thematic series
Pretreatment - highlights from the NSERC Bioconversion Network Pretreatment Workshop
Edited by: Prof Jack Saddler, Dr Linoj Kumar


Thematic series
Transgenic plants for enhanced biofuel production


Thematic series
The life and lifework of Mary Mandels - first lady of cellulase research

Announcing the launch of In Review

Biotechnology for Biofuels, in partnership with Research Square, is now offering In Review. Authors choosing this free optional service will be able to:

  • Share their work with fellow researchers to read, comment on, and cite even before publication
  • Showcase their work to funders and others with a citable DOI while it is still under review
  • Track their manuscript - including seeing when reviewers are invited, and when reports are received

Aims and scope

Biotechnology for Biofuels is an open access peer-reviewed journal featuring studies describing advancements in fundamental understanding, technological capabilities, and technoeconomic & life cycle assessment of the production of biofuels, biochemicals and biomaterials.

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Call for papers: Analytical Methods in Plant Biomass Characterization and Valorization

Submissions are invited to a special collection of articles exploring methods for the characterization and utilization of plant biomass in the emerging bioeconomy,  to inform future efforts toward increasing plant productivity and biomass valorization. Read more.

Call for papers: Transitioning towards GHG neutrality: The role of bioeconomy

Submissions are invited to a special collection of articles in the area of bioeconomy towards an environmentally efficient transition to GHG neutrality. Work describing new technical solutions to efficiently use biogenic carbon in the food/feed, material, chemical, and/or fuel (for non-terrestrial transport in particular) sectors are encouraged. This also includes studies focusing on quantifying the environmental performance of such current/emerging technologies. Special consideration will be given to studies investigating the multi-sectorial integration of carbon-dependent products and services within case studies at the regional or national level. 

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Thematic series

Biotechnology for Biofuels has published the following thematic series:

Lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases

The US-DOE Bioenergy Science Center (BESC): Findings and Perspectives

Life cycle analysis

Chemicals and bioproducts from biomass

ISAF 2013: Alcohol fuels enabling sustainable development

Highlights from the NSERC Bioconversion Network Pretreatment Workshop

Transgenic plants for enhanced biofuel production

The life and lifework of Mary Mandels

Announcement: COVID-19 impact on peer review

As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times. Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

Professor Jean Marie Francois

Jean Marie Francois received his PhD in Agronomy and Biological Chemistry from The Catholic University of Louvain La Neuve in 1988. After several post-doctoral periods in USA (North Carolina State University), France (Université de Bordeaux II et CNRS Gif sur Yvette), Brazil (University Sao Paulo) and University Louvain La Neuve, he became full professor at the Institute National des Sciences Appliquées, Federal University of Toulouse in 1993 and reached the exceptional class in 2009. Since then, he created and still manages two research groups (about 25 persons including two associate professors, four senior researchers, 10 technical engineers, four PhD students and five Post-docs) dealing with Integrated Physiology and Functional genomics of microbial systems (PHYGE team) at Toulouse Biotechnology  Institute  and Toulouse White Biotechnology Center.

Dr Michael Himmel

Dr Himmel has 38 years of progressive experience in conducting, supervising, and planning research in protein biochemistry, recombinant technology, enzyme engineering, new microorganism discovery, and the physicochemistry of macromolecules. He has also supervised research that targets the application of site-directed-mutagenesis and rational protein design to the stabilization and improvement of important industrial enzymes, especially glycosyl hydrolases and metabolic pathway enzymes. New areas of interest to his research group include “green electronics” and nanomaterials applications of biomass derived components.

Professor Debra Mohnen

Professor Mohnen received her B.A. in biology from Lawrence University (Wisconsin) and her MS in botany and PhD in plant biology from the University of Illinois. Her PhD research was conducted at the Friedrich Miescher Institute in Basel, Switzerland. She held postdoctoral research associate positions at the USDA's Richard Russell Research Center and at the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center (CCRC) in Athens, GA where she won an NIH National Research Service Award for her postdoctoral research. She was appointed to the CCRC faculty in September 1990 and is currently Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and also adjunct faculty member in the Department of Plant Biology and member of the Plant Center at UGA.

Professor Charles Wyman

Professor Wyman has devoted most of his career to leading advancement of technologies for biological conversion of cellulosic biomass to ethanol and other products. Dr Wyman is currently Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering and Ford Motor Company Chair in Environmental Engineering at the University of California in Riverside with research focused on pretreatment, enzymatic hydrolysis, and dehydration of cellulosic biomass to produce reactive intermediates for conversion into fuels and chemicals.

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