There continues to be widespread interest in the applications of hydrogen as a clean fuel and its potential for local electricity production and use in transport. Recent years have seen a variety of breakthroughs in our understanding of the nature, structure, and biosynthesis of hydrogenases. This book is a timely description of these developments, taking a lucid, multidisciplinary approach. Scientists in fields, such as clean technology, biochemistry, electrochemistry, agriculture, and general biotechnology, will find this an accessible resource that brings together the many facets of these enzymes.
Preface Kornel L. Kovacs and Paulette M. Vignais
Origins, Evolution, and the Hydrogen Biosphere
Biodiversity of Hydrogenases
Regulation of Hydrogenase Gene Expression
Bärbel Friedrich and Paulette Vignais
The Assembly Line
Hydrogenases and Their Activities
Juan-Carlos Fontecilla-Camps and Michel Frey
Spectroscopy—the Functional Puzzle
The Catalytic Machinery
Hydrogenase in Biotechnology: Hydrogen Consumption
Hydrogenase in Biotechnology: Producing Hydrogen as a Fuel
Krishna Rao and Richard Cammack.