• Vol 10, No 8 (2019)
  • Editorial

Biomass: from Waste to Valuable Materials

Sutrasno Kartohardjono, Agus Sunjarianto Pamitran, Nandy Putra

Corresponding email: sutrasno@che.ui.ac.id

Cite this article as:
Kartohardjono, S., Pamitran, A.S., Putra, N., 2019. Biomass: from Waste to Valuable Materials. International Journal of Technology. Volume 10(8), pp. 1465-1468

Sutrasno Kartohardjono Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Indonesia, Kampus UI Depok, Depok 16424, Indonesia
Agus Sunjarianto Pamitran Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Indonesia, Kampus UI Depok, Depok 16424, Indonesia
Nandy Putra Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Indonesia, Kampus UI Depok, Depok 16424, Indonesia
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Biomass originating from agricultural waste if improperly disposed of will cause emissions of N2O, SO2, CH4 and large amounts of smoke into the atmosphere, causing global pollution problems[.1] . Agricultural waste is organic matter disposed of by humans in the process of agriculture and includes waste from crops, chemicals and[.2]  rural households.[.3]  Apart from environmental pollution, economic losses caused by traditional disposal of agricultural waste cannot be ignored. Burning agricultural waste, including crop residues, in the open air or the kitchen is one of the main sources of serious air pollution.[.4]  On the other hand, agricultural waste can be utilized as valuable materials, such as bio-adsorbents, because it has loose and porous structural properties as well as functional groups like carboxyl and hydroxyl. In addition, agricultural waste is [.5] available in large quantities, can be recycled, is biodegradable, and is environmentally friendly so that it has good prospects for the comprehensive utilization of resources when used to control environmental pollution.

This special edition contains 20 papers, 9 of which discuss the use of biomass as bio-adsorbents. In addition, there is 1 paper that discusses the production of low-fat ice cream, 2 papers from electrical engineering, 5 papers from mechanical engineering, 1 paper from metallurgical engineering and 2 papers from environmental engineering.

The first paper, written by M. Cornelia and Sanny, proposed to make low-fat pumpkin and date palm ice cream as a source of antioxidants and dietary fiber using different types of stabilizers. Several formulations of ice cream were examined. The best formulation was made with gelatin stabilizer with the addition of pumpkin puree and date palm puree at the ratio of 1:2 and can be categorized as high-fiber ice cream as it contains no less than 6 g of dietary fiber in 100 g formulation.

The second paper, written by A. H. P. Harahap, A. A. Rahman, I. N. Sadrina and M. Gozan, investigated the effect of microwave-assisted alkaline pretreatment of OPEFB by using response surface methodology with Box–Behnken design[.6]  (BBD) to find the optimum pretreatment conditions. The authors reported that, to achieve the highest lignin removal of 88.10%, the optimal conditions for the pretreatment were a combination of microwave power at 832.9 W, a NaOH concentration at 2.7% (w/v), and a reaction time of 8.9 min.

The third paper, written by R. Desmiarti, Y. Trianda, M. Martynis, A. Viqri, T. Yamada and F. Li, examined phenol adsorption by granular activated carbon from coconut shells in batch experiments under various initial phenol concentrations. The authors reported that, based on the fluorescence spectroscopy results, the Kuranji River DOM contained two major components: humic-like substances and protein-like substances. The maximum removal rate of 92.5% for both types of samples was obtained post-adsorption, as measured by the phenol kit.