Background and General Introduction.- Structure of Lignocellulosic Biomass.- Conversion of Biomass to Fuel.- Pretreatment of Lignocellulosic Biomass.- Summary of Biomass Pretreatment Methods.- Future Perspectives.
Dr. Pratima Bajpai has a Ph.D from the National Sugar Institute (NSI), Kanpur, India. She is currently a technical consultant in the pulp and paper industry and has over 30 years' experience in research at the National Sugar Institute Kanpur, the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Western Ontario in Canada, and the Thapar Center for Industrial Research and Development in India. She has also worked as a visiting professor at the University of Waterloo, Canada, and visiting scientist at Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. Dr. Bajpai's main areas of expertise are industrial biotechnology, pulp and paper, and environmental biotechnology. She is a recognized expert in industrial biotechnology and has contributed immensely to the field. She is currently actively engaged in commercializing biotechnological processes for the pulp and paper industry. Her research accomplishments have resulted in over 150 publications in respected international journals and conference proceedings. She has also written several advanced technical books on environmental and biotechnological aspects of pulp and paper, which have been published by leading publishers - PIRA International, UK; Springer, Germany; Miller Freeman USA, John Wiley, and Elsevier Science. She has also contributed chapters to a number of books and encyclopedias, obtained 11 patents, and has written several technical reports. In addition, she has implemented several processes in Indian paper mills. Dr. Bajpai is an active member of the American Society of Microbiologists and is a reviewer for many international research journals.