Venko Beschkov

Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Venko Beschkov was born in 1946 in Sofia, Bulgaria. He graduated in chemistry from the Sofia University, St. Clement Ohridski, Bulgaria (1969). He received his PhD in 1978 and his DSc degree in 1996. His present interests are chemical and biochemical processes for environment protection and utilization of renewable energy sources. He participated in 36 scientific projects, as well as in 20 applied projects. He has published over 200 scientific papers, 2 monographs, and 7 chapters in selected issues (encyclopedia, books). Over 1500 citations of his papers have been noted. He was Head of the Institute of Chemical Engineering at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences for 21 years (1993/2014) and Deputy-minister of Environment in the Bulgarian Government (1991/92).

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The interest in biofuel production and application is governed by the depletion of fossil fuel resources and the threatening pollution of the atmosphere because of the extensive emissions of greenhouse gases, which the present global vegetation cannot cope with. A remedy against the greenhouse gas emissions is the use of biomass presently grown as a source for biofuels. Biofuels can be further utilized as substrates for bulk chemical products. This approach is known as the biorefinery concept as an analogue to the oil-based refineries.The present book offers some examples and new ideas for the broader applications of biofuels and the resulting raw materials for energy and chemical products as alternatives to the traditional fossil fuels.

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