Biochar for sustainable construction industry

Huanyu Li, Lei Wang, Yuying Zhang, Jian Yang, Daniel C.W. Tsang, Viktor Mechtcherine

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With the rapid growth of population, the construction industry will grow drastically in the future, causing a great burden on the environment. During the cement production, a large volume of carbon dioxide can be emitted into atmosphere, which could incur irreversible climate change. Biochar derived from bio-waste is a promising carbon-negative material. Biochar possesses great potential in reducing CO2 emission due to its carbon sequestration ability and it has been used as a supplementary construction material. The chapter reviewed the production and origins of biochar and provided up-to-date information on its application in the construction field. The impact of biochar on the properties of construction and building materials, in particular cement-based composites, were comprehensively outlined and discussed. Future research prospects of utilizing biochar in construction material are also suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCurrent Developments in Biotechnology and Bioengineering
Subtitle of host publicationBiochar Towards Sustainable Environment
Number of pages33
ISBN (Electronic)9780323918732
ISBN (Print)9780323985031
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2023


  • Bio-waste pyrolysis
  • Biochar
  • Carbon neutrality
  • Construction materials
  • Sustainable development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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