Biocatalysis and Nanotechnology

Peter Grunwald

July 31, 2017 by Pan Stanford
Reference - 900 Pages
ISBN 9789814613699 - CAT# N11976
Series: Pan Stanford Series on Biocatalysis


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  • Imparts fundamental knowledge of nanobiocatalysis and provides a detailed overview of its application potential
  • Written by reckoned scientists, considering theoretical as well as experimental aspects of the respective research fields
  • Represents the state of the art of the discussed topics
  • Supplemented by an actual and comprehensive list of references for further reading.


This book provides an actual overview of the various relations between nanotechnology and biocatalysis. Recently, nanobiocatalysis has rapidly developed to a subarea of enzyme biotechnology. It combines the advances in nanotechnology that have generated nanoscale materials of different sizes, shapes, and physicochemical properties, with the excellent characteristics of biocatalysts to an innovative technology. The book discusses the fabrication and application of these nanomaterials for the immobilization of enzymes for the sustainable production of goods and chemicals. Nanosupports are of advantage compared with bulk solid materials due to their high surface area resulting in a comparatively high enzyme loading and a significantly reduced mass transfer limitation. These characteristics are also of great use for applications in the fields of enzymatic biosensors, biofuel cells, bioelectronics, and photoelectrochemical analyte detection, where conductive nanomaterials improve the rate of electron transfer. Furthermore, nanostructured enzyme catalysis in organic solvents and its potential application for biodiesel production, probing of enzymatic activity, and identification of enzyme functions or inorganic nanoparticles as enzyme mimics together with an overview of nanotoxicology are also covered in this book.