Biofuels. An Overview.

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A survey of resource availability and the constraints and advantages of technologies that could be used for biofuels. More
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About Ian J Miller

Ian J Miller was born 7th August 1942 to the son of a policeman sent to Hokitika (New Zealand) to fill vacancies due to the mass murderer Stanley Graham. Secondary education was at Ashburton High School, thence to University of Canterbury (BSc Hons1, PhD), followed by post-docs at Calgary, Southampton and Armidale. I returned to New Zealand to Chemistry Division, DSIR, to work first on lignin chemistry, then recycling, seaweed research, then hydrothermal wood liquefaction. In 1986 I left DSIR to set up Carina Chemical Laboratories Ltd, to carry out research to support the private half of a joint venture to make pyromellitates, the basis of high temperature resistant plastics. (When called to a TV program to discuss the danger of foam plastics in fires, I aimed a gas torch at the palm of my hand, protected only by a piece of foam plastic I had made shortly before. Fortunately, it worked, it glowed yellow hot, but held the heat for about half a minute.) This venture, and an associated seaweed processing venture collapsed during the late 1980s financial crisis, mostly for financial reasons. Current projects include the development of Nemidon gels ( and fuels and chemicals through the hydrothermal treatment of microalgae ( I have written about 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers, about 35 other articles, and I was on the Editorial Board of Botanica Marina between about 1998-2008.

In my first year University, following an argument with some Arts students, I was challenged to write a fictional book. I did in spare time: Gemina. I subsequently self-published a revised version, only to find publicity was forbidden as a condition of getting my finance for the pyromellitates project. Since then, I have written a few more science in fiction thriller-type novels that don't fit nicely in any category. These form a "future history", and Puppeteer is the first of one entry point.

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Audrey Driscoll reviewed on Nov. 8, 2021

It's hard for me to rate this book because I lack the background knowledge of chemistry to evaluate the content. However, it is written clearly, with excellent editing. The author explains a number of processes to produce fuels and other products from biological materials. He makes it clear that something that may work well in a laboratory may not be practical at an industrial level. I was impressed (and confused) by detailed descriptions of reactions that lead to different outcomes depending on a number of variables, such as the material being processed, temperatures, pressure, etc. I doubt that many non-specialists are aware of the complexities of fuel production. Reading this book has made me think about production and consumption of fuels in a different way.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
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