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New Biotechnologies for Increased Energy Security
The Future of Fuel

ISBN 9781774635605
Published March 31, 2021 by Apple Academic Press
340 Pages 144 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This title includes a number of Open Access chapters.

The information contained in this compendium volume sets the stage for the future's large-scale production of biofuels. Biomass is an abundant carbon-neutral renewable feedstock for producing fuel. First-generation biofuels gained attention for their problems, but the authors of this book demonstrate that they are well on their way to creating practical and sustainable second-generation biofuels.

The book begins with an introduction to synthetic biology. Next, it covers pretreatment technologies, advanced microbial technologies, genetic engineering as it relates to biofuel technologies, and nanotechnology and chemical engineering in relation to biofuels.

Well-respected in his field, the editor's firsthand experience gives him the perspective to create a thorough review of the relevant literature. Each chapter is written by experts in biotechnologies, offering graduate and post-doctorate students, as well as other scientific researchers, a wide-angle look at biofuel technologies. At the same time, this volume points to promising directions for new research.

Table of Contents


Part I: Introduction

Synthetic Biology: A Promising Technology for Biofuel Production; Kamaljeet Kaur Sekhon and Pattanathu K. S. M. Rahman

Part II: Pretreatment Technologies

Efficient Extraction of Xylan from Delignified Corn Stover Using Dimethyl Sulfide; John Rowley, Stephen R. Decker, William Michener, and Stuart Black

Process Modeling of Enzymatic Hydrolysis of Wet-Exploded Corn Stover; Vandana Rana, Diwakar Rana, and Birgitte K. Ahring

Bioconversion of Lignocellulose: Inhibitors and Detoxification; Leif J Jönsson, Björn Alriksson, and Nils-Olof Nilvebrant

Part III: Advanced Microbial Technologies

Microbial Production of Sabinene—A New Terpene-Based Precursor of Advanced Biofuel; Haibo Zhang, Qiang Liu, Yujin Cao, Xinjun Feng, Yanning Zheng, Huibin Zou, Hui Liu, Jianming Yang, and Mo Xian

From Biodiesel and Bioethanol to Liquid Hydrocarbon Fuels: New Hydrotreating and Advanced Microbial Technologies; Juan Carlos Serrano-Ruiz, Enrique V. Ramos-Fernández, and Antonio Sepúlveda-Escribano

Synthetic Routes to Methylerythritol Phosphate Pathway Intermediates and Downstream Isoprenoids; Sarah K. Jarchow-Choy, Andrew T. Koppisch, and David T. Fox

Part IV: Genetic Engineering

Metabolic Process Engineering for Biochemicals and Biofuels; Shang-Tian Yang and Xiaoguang Liu

Enhanced Genetic Tools for Engineering Multigene Traits into Green Algae; Beth A. Rasala, Syh-Shiuan Chao, Matthew Pier, Daniel J. Barrera, and Stephen P. Mayfield

Development of A Broad-Host Synthetic Biology Toolbox for Ralstonia Eutropha and Its Application to Engineering Hydrocarbon Biofuel Production; Changhao Bi, Peter Su, Jana Müller, Yi-Chun Yeh, Swapnil R. Chhabra, Harry R. Beller, Steven W. Singer, and Nathan J. Hillson

Part V: Nanotechnology and Chemical Engineering

Heterogeneous Photocatalytic Nanomaterials: Prospects and Challenges in Selective Transformations of Biomass-Derived Compounds; Juan Carlos Colmenares and Rafael Luque

Development of Mesoscopically Assembled Sulfated Zirconia Nanoparticles as Promising Heterogeneous and Recyclable Biodiesel Catalysts; Swapan K. Das and Sherif A. El-Safty

Kinetic Study on the CsXH3-X PW12O40/Fe-SiO2 Nanocatalyst for Biodiesel Production; Mostafa Feyzi, Leila Norouzi, and Hamid Reza Rafiee


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Dr. Juan Carlos Serrano Ruiz is currently a senior research scientist at Abengoa Research in Seville, Spain. He is licensed in chemical sciences by the University of Granada, Spain and received his PhD in chemistry and material science from the University of Alicante, Spain. He has visited many laboratories all around the world in his research on biofuel. He was a Fulbright Student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, where he studied catalytic conversion of biomass. Upon his return to Spain, he accepted work at the Department of Organic Chemistry at the University of Cordoba, where he has continued his work with biofuels. He is the author of more than 50 scientific publications in international journals, including an article in Science Magazine on using sugar as a biofuel. He is also the coinventor of a patent taken out by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation for the conversion of cellulose into diesel and gasoline.