Project Details Glossary on Renewable Chemistry

Project No.:
Start Date:
01 December 2013
End Date:
21 May 2018


Preparation and publication of a nomenclature guide -an IUPAC Glossary- related to biomass chemistry and green chemistry.


Nowadays, the increase in the bioeconomy relevance [1] has contributed to the development of emerging branches inside Chemical Sciences as green chemistry [2] and biorefineries [3], which seeks for a renewable Chemistry. Institutions around the world as NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA), and ILI (International Lignin Institute, Europe) have worked on biomass terms and analytical methodologies [4, 5]; nevertheless, there is not a comprehensive glossary that comprises technical and scientific terms in renewable Chemistry to help students, professionals, and researchers. This proposal seeks to fill this editorial gap.

[1] J.-L. Dubois, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 3 (2011) 11.
[2] P.T. Anastas, J.C. Warner, Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice, Oxford University Press, New York, 1998.
[3] B. Kamm, P.R. Gruber, M. Kamm, Biorefineries – Industrial Processes and Products, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2006.
[4] National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Data & Resources. <>, accessed July 2013.
[5] The International Lignin Institute. Norms and Standards. <>, accessed July 2013.

Firstly, will be compiled the major technical and scientific terms related to biomass chemistry and green chemistry, based on these approaches or items for index: analytical chemistry, catalysts and biocatalysts, environmental chemistry, biochemical processes, biotechnology, biorefinery, biomass constitution, green products and processes, sources and production of biomass, life cycle assessment and bioeconomy.

Secondly, the significance of each term will be established and discussed by the scientific committee.

Thirdly, the terms will be validated and the Draft of Glossary will be constructed for revision.

Fourthly, the Draft of Glossary will be validated and the Glossary – Version One will be constructed. Fifthly, the Glossary – Version One will be validated and the Glossary – Final Version will be published by IUPAC.

This proposal is related to the R&D project “Use of D-xylose from sugar cane bagasse to obtain high value renewable chemicals (C5-AGREGA)”, under leadership of Dr. Sílvio Vaz Jr. and funded by Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa), and the biannual event the Brazilian Symposium on Biorefineries (Sep 24-26, 2013, Brasilia, Brazil) supported in 2013 by IUPAC (


July 2014 – Project announcement published in Chem. Int. July-Aug 2014, p. 15; DOI: 10.1515/ci.2014.36.4.15b

Last update 17 July 2014