Industrial Biocatalysis

Peter Grunwald

December 11, 2014 by Pan Stanford
Reference - 1232 Pages - 32 Color & 212 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9789814463881 - CAT# N11162
Series: Pan Stanford Series on Biocatalysis

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Features

  • Covers the state of the art and future prospects in actual fields of industrial biocatalysis, including directed evolution of enzymes and cells for industrial biocatalysis, important aspects of biotransformation design, biocatalysts for the synthesis of bio-based materials, and compounds as intermediates for follow-up products, biofuel production, algal biotechnology, and microbial consortia
  • Services as a graduate-level textbook on industrial biocatalysis/biotechnology
  • Includes supplemental figures and comprehensive tables, along with the relevant literature

Summary

Biocatalysis has become an essential tool in the chemical industry and is the core of industrial biotechnology, also known as white biotechnology, making use of biocatalysts in terms of enzymes or whole cells in chemical processes as an alternative to chemical catalysts. This shift can be seen in the many areas of daily life where biocatalysts—with their environmentally friendly properties—are currently employed.

Drivers are the big societal challenges resulting from concerns about the global climate change and the need for an assured energy supply. Modern biocatalysis relies to a large extent on the tremendous advances in the so-called omics techniques and the structural elucidation of biomolecules, which have led to synthetic biology and metabolic engineering as new research fields with high application potential for the rational design of enzymes and microbial production strains. In this book, renowned scientists discuss the actual developments in these research fields together with a variety of application-oriented topics.