Design and planning of sustainable supply chains for biobased products

Jae Suk Park, Dajun Yue, Fengqi You

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


In this chapter, we present a mathematical framework to model and optimize a supply chain for industrial chemical products derived from biomass. A multi-objective, multi-period mixed-integer linear programming (MILP) model that takes various aspects of the supply chain into account is designed and implemented. Important decisions include the location, capacity and technology selection for the refineries, selection of suppliers and customers, production planning, transportation scheduling as well as inventory management. Seasonality in biomass supply and degradation of biomass are both captured in the model. The proposed multi-objective MILP model is solved using the ε-constraint method to simultaneously optimize economic objective (maximizing profit) and environmental objective (minimizing greenhouse gas emissions). The branch-and-refine algorithm is employed to accelerate the solution process. The proposed model then undergoes an illustrative case study scenario to verify its viable functionality. The result of the case study confirms that as more greenhouse gas emission is allowed, higher profit is generated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMicrowave-Assisted Polymerization
EditorsSeth W. Snyder
PublisherRoyal Society of Chemistry
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781782620396, 9781782621133, 9781782621409, 9781782623175, 9781782624677, 9781849738163, 9781849739597, 9781849739764, 9781849739795
StatePublished - 2016

Publication series

NameRSC Green Chemistry
ISSN (Print)1757-7039
ISSN (Electronic)1757-7047

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Pollution
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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