1st Edition

New Microbial Technologies for Advanced Biofuels Toward More Sustainable Production Methods

Edited By Juan Carlos Serrano-Ruiz Copyright 2015
    382 Pages 61 B/W Illustrations
    by Apple Academic Press

    382 Pages 61 B/W Illustrations
    by Apple Academic Press

    This title includes a number of Open Access chapters.

    The world needs renewable and clean forms of energy. Biofuels offer an alternative to fossil fuels, but first-generation biofuels had many challenges to be overcome. One strategy that second-generation biofuels are employing is microbial technology.

    This compendium volume gathers together recent investigations within this vital field of research. It offers:

    • An overview of the topic

    • Investigations into the varieties of microorganisms useful for this technology

    • Pretreatment methodologies

    • Genetic engineering research that will further this technology

    Internationally recognized experts contribute chapters on their individual areas of research within this vital field of study. The book offers an authoritative platform from which graduate students and scientists can build future investigations that will create still more advanced biofuels.



    Co-Production of High-Value Recombinant Biobased Matter in Bioenergy Crops for Expediting the Cellulosic Biofuels Agenda; Mariam B. Sticklen

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

    Challenges and Generations of Biofuels: Will Algae Fuel the World?; Yaser Dhaman and Pallavi Roy

    Part I: Microorganisms

    2Selection of Organisms for Systems Biology Study of Microbial Electricity Generation: A Review; Longfei Mao and Wynand S. Verwoerd

    From Tiny Microalgae to Huge Biorefineries; Luisa Gouveia

    Yeast Biotechnology: Teaching the Old Dog New Tricks; Diethard Mattanovich, Michael Sauer, and Brigitte Gasser

    Microbial Community Structures Differentiated in a Single-Chamber Air-Cathode Microbial Fuel Cell Fueled with Rice Straw Hydrolysate; Zejie Wang, Taekwon Lee, Bongsu Lim, Chansoo Choi, and Joonhong Park

    Metataxonomic Profiling and Prediction of Functional Behavior of Wheat Straw Degrading Microbial Consortia; Diego Javier Jiménez, Francisco Dini-Andreote, and Jan Dirk van Elsas

    Part II: Pretreatments

    Pretreatment of Lignocellulosic Biomass Using Microorganisms: Approaches, Advantages, and Limitations; Thomas Canam, Jennifer Town, Kingsley Iroba, Lope Tabil, and Tim Dumonceaux

    Discovery and Characterization of Ionic Liquid-Tolerant Thermophilic Cellulases from a Switchgrass-Adapted Microbial Community; John M. Gladden, Joshua I. Park, Jessica Bergmann, Vimalier Reyes-Ortiz, Patrik D’haeseleer, Betania F. Quirino, Kenneth L. Sale, Blake A. Simmons, and Steven W. Singer

    Ultrasonic Disintegration of Microalgal Biomass and Consequent Improvement of Bioaccessibility/Bioavailability in Microbial Fermentation; Byong-Hun Jeon, Jeong-A Choi, Hyun-Chul Kim, Jae-Hoon Hwang, Reda AI Abou-Shanab, Brian A. Dempsey, John M. Regan, and Jung Rae Kim

    Rapid and Effective Oxidative Pretreatment of Woody Biomass at Mild Reaction Conditions and Low Oxidant Loadings; Zhenglun Li, Charles H. Chen, Eric L. Hegg, and David B. Hodge

    Part III: Metabolic Engineering

    Molecular Cloning and Expression of Cellulase and Poly-galacturonase Genes in E. coli as a Promising Application for Biofuel Production; Eman Ibrahim, Kim D. Jones, Ebtesam N. Hosseny, and Jean Escudero

    Directed Evolution of an E. coli Inner Membrane Transporter for Improved Efflux of Biofuel Molecules; Jee Loon Foo and Susanna Su Jan Leong

    Generating Phenotypic Diversity in a Fungal Biocatalyst to Investigate Alcohol Stress Tolerance Encountered during Microbial Cellulosic Biofuel Production; Rosanna C. Hennessy, Fiona Doohan, and Ewen Mullins

    Genome Replication Engineering Assisted Continuous Evolution (GREACE) to Improve Microbial Tolerance for Biofuels Production; Guodong Luan, Zhen Cai, Yin Li, and Yanhe Ma



    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.