New Biotechnologies for Increased Energy Security
The Future of Fuel

Editor: Juan Carlos Serrano-Ruiz, PhD

New Biotechnologies for Increased Energy Security

Published. Available now.
Pub Date: June 2015
Hardback Price: $149.95 US
Hard ISBN: 9781771881463
E-Book ISBN: 9781771882361
Pages: 340 pp with index
Binding Type: hardback

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
  • 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.

CONTENTS:
Introduction
Part I: Introduction
1. Synthetic Biology: A Promising Technology for Biofuel Production
Kamaljeet Kaur Sekhon and Pattanathu K. S. M. Rahman

Part II: Pretreatment Technologies
2. Efficient Extraction of Xylan from Delignified Corn Stover Using Dimethyl Sulfide
John Rowley, Stephen R. Decker, William Michener, and Stuart Black
3. Process Modeling of Enzymatic Hydrolysis of Wet-Exploded Corn Stover
Vandana Rana, Diwakar Rana, and Birgitte K. Ahring
4. Bioconversion of Lignocellulose: Inhibitors and Detoxification
Leif J Jönsson, Björn Alriksson, and Nils-Olof Nilvebrant

Part III: Advanced Microbial Technologies
5. 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
6. 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
7. 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
8. Metabolic Process Engineering for Biochemicals and Biofuels
Shang-Tian Yang and Xiaoguang Liu
9. 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
10. 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
11. Heterogeneous Photocatalytic Nanomaterials: Prospects and Challenges in Selective Transformations of Biomass-Derived Compounds
Juan Carlos Colmenares and Rafael Luque
12. Development of Mesoscopically Assembled Sulfated Zirconia Nanoparticles as Promising Heterogeneous and Recyclable Biodiesel Catalysts
Swapan K. Das and Sherif A. El-Safty
13. Kinetic Study on the CsXH3−X PW12O40/Fe-SiO2 Nanocatalyst for Biodiesel Production
Mostafa Feyzi, Leila Norouzi, and Hamid Reza Rafiee
Index


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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