SMART biochar technology-A shifting paradigm towards advanced materials and healthcare research

Yong Sik Ok, Scott X. Chang, Bin Gao, Hyun Joong Chung

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Biochar, produced through pyrolysis of biomass under low or no oxygen conditions, has found a wide range of applications from soil fertility improvement to removal of contaminants. Initial interest in biochar is to use it as a means to capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere; however, recent developments are seeing biochar being applied in engineering, and health care and life sciences, some of those applications have large potentials for rapid commercialization. We expect a paradigm shift towards the development of the next generation of biochar with applications in a range of new fields.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)206-209
Number of pages4
JournalEnvironmental Technology and Innovation
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Oct 1
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was supported by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF), funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology ( 2012R1A1B3001409 ) (contribution: 100%) and the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) (grant no. 249664 ).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 Elsevier B.V.


  • Amendment
  • Black carbon
  • Charcoal
  • Slow pyrolysis
  • Surface modification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • Soil Science
  • Plant Science


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