Chemical Engineering

New Microbial Technologies for Advanced Biofuels
Toward More Sustainable Production Methods

Editor: Juan Carlos Serrano-Ruiz, PhD

New Microbial Technologies for Advanced Biofuels

Published. Available now.
Pub Date: June 2015
Hardback Price: $159.95 US
Hard ISBN: 9781771881302
E-Book ISBN: 978-1-4987-2884-3
Pages: 382pp with index
Binding Type: hardback

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.

1. Overview
a. Co-Production of High-Value Recombinant Biobased Matter in Bioenergy Crops for Expediting the Cellulosic Biofuels Agenda
Mariam B. Sticklen
b. Synthetic Biology: A Promising Technology for Biofuel Production
Kamaljeet Kaur Sekhon and Pattanathu K. S. M. Rahman
c. Challenges and Generations of Biofuels: Will Algae Fuel the World?
Yaser Dhaman and Pallavi Roy

Part I: Microorganisms
2. Selection of Organisms for Systems Biology Study of Microbial Electricity Generation: A Review
Longfei Mao and Wynand S. Verwoerd
3. From Tiny Microalgae to Huge Biorefineries
Luisa Gouveia
4. Yeast Biotechnology: Teaching the Old Dog New Tricks
Diethard Mattanovich, Michael Sauer, and Brigitte Gasser
5. 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
6. 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
7. Pretreatment of Lignocellulosic Biomass Using Microorganisms: Approaches, Advantages, and Limitations
Thomas Canam, Jennifer Town, Kingsley Iroba, Lope Tabil, and Tim Dumonceaux
8. 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
9. 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
10. 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
11. 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
12. Directed Evolution of an E. coli Inner Membrane Transporter for Improved Efflux of Biofuel Molecules
Jee Loon Foo and Susanna Su Jan Leong
13. 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
13.Genome Replication Engineering Assisted Continuous Evolution (GREACE) to Improve Microbial Tolerance for Biofuels Production
Guodong Luan, Zhen Cai, Yin Li, and Yanhe Ma

About the Authors / Editors:
Editor: Juan Carlos Serrano-Ruiz, PhD
Senior Research Scientist, Abengoa Research, Seville, Spain

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 fifty 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.

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