Biofuels : Biotechnology, Chemistry, and Sustainable Development book cover
1st Edition

Biotechnology, Chemistry, and Sustainable Development

ISBN 9781420051247
Published June 4, 2008 by CRC Press
424 Pages 116 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Evaluating a wealth of quantitative data, Biofuels: Biotechnology, Chemistry, and Sustainable Development discusses different types of biofuels, the science behind their production, the economics of their introduction to the marketplace, their environmental impacts, and their implications for world agriculture. It broadens the discussion on biofuels beyond bioethanol and biodiesel, taking into account the data, ideas, and bioproducts that have appeared over the last 50 years.

An Insider’s Look at the Biotech Industry

Written by a seasoned expert in the biotech industry, the book analyzes in detail the present status and future prospects of biofuels, from ethanol and biodiesel to biotechnological routes to biohydrogen. It emphasizes the ways biotechnology can improve process economics as well as facilitate sustainable agroindustries and crucial elements of a biobased economy. The author also explores the additional innovations required in microbial and plant biotechnology, metabolic engineering, bioreactor design, and the genetic manipulation of novel biomass species of plants, such as softwoods and algae.

The Role of Biofuels in the Future

With over 1,000 references and nearly 200 graphs and tables of data, this well-researched, comprehensive work examines the past and present of various biofuels while considering the future of a biocommodity economy.

Table of Contents

Historical Development of Bioethanol as a Fuel
Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Microbiology of Lignocellulosic Biomass
Biotechnology of Bioethanol Production from Lignocellulosic Feedstocks
Biochemical Engineering and Bioprocess Management for Fuel Ethanol
The Economics of Bioethanol
Diversifying the Biofuels Portfolio
Radical Options for the Development of Biofuels
Biofuels as Products of Integrated Bioprocesses

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