Editor: Martin Koller

Series Title: Recent Advances in Biotechnology

Microbial Biopolyester Production, Performance and Processing

Volume 2

eBook: US $169 Special Offer (PDF + Printed Copy): US $287
Printed Copy: US $203
Library License: US $676
ISSN: 2468-5364 (Print)
ISSN: 2468-5372 (Online)
ISBN: 978-1-68108-374-2 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-68108-373-5 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2016
DOI: 10.2174/97816810837351160201


Global plastic production is estimated to be over 300Mt annually. Most conventional plastics are predominantly produced from fossil fuels and are highly resistant to biodegradation, and only a small share of about 20% of spent plastics is believed to be recycled, which is a cause for environmental concern. Biodegradable plastics would solve this concern as they are a sustainable alternative, yet these do not even cover 5% of the global plastic market.

Microbial polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) are a versatile group of polyesters produced by nature as prokaryotic storage materials. PHAs can be produced through sustainable bioprocess engineering and have displayed remarkable flexibility in their physical and chemical properties.

Understanding key steps in bioprocessing systems is necessary to develop sustainable and efficient production processes. These processes start with the selection of suitable inexpensive raw materials (microbes and enzymes), optimizing the process engineering and process regime, and conclude with the enhancement of product recovery in terms of time, energy, and material input.

Microbial Biopolyester Production, Performance and Processing: Bioengineering, Characterization, and Sustainability is a compilation of eight chapters covering bacterial polyesters, green plastics and PHAs from various angles. The contents of this volume focus on the sustainability of processes that involve the synthesis and recycling of these materials. The volume is a timely reference for bioprocess engineers, microbiologists, biotechnologists and chemical engineers interested in the basics of biodegradable plastic production.


- Pp. i-v (5)
Ivan Chodak
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- Pp. vi-xii (7)
Martin Koller
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List of Contributors

- Pp. xiii-xv (3)
Martin Koller
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Bacterial Polyesters: The Issue of their Market Acceptance and Potential Solutions

- Pp. 3-74 (72)
Lucía Pérez Amaro, Mohamed A. Abdelwahab, Andrea Morelli, Federica Chiellini, Emo Chiellini
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Sustainability and Plastics

- Pp. 75-109 (35)
Andrej Krzan
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Kinetic Aspects and Mathematical Modeling of PHA Biosynthesis

- Pp. 110-213 (104)
Predrag Horvat, Martin Koller, Gerhart Braunegg
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Bioreactor Design and Biochemical Consideration for PHB Production: Bioengineering Approaches

- Pp. 214-265 (52)
Kianoush Khosravi-Darani, Fatemeh Yazdian, Martin Koller, Abhishek Dutt Tripathi
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Recovery and Characterization of Polyhydroxyalkanoates

- Pp. 266-302 (37)
Abhishek Dutt Tripathi, Tekraj Joshi, Kianoush Khosravi-Darani, Martin Koller, Surendra Prasad Singh, Arpit Shrivastava, Sadhna Mishra
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Current and Emerging Advanced Analytical Technologies for Biopolyesters Characterization

- Pp. 303-402 (100)
Giin-Yu Amy Tan, Liya Ge, Chaozhi Pan, Swee Ngin Tan, Jing- Yuan Wang
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3HB-Based Copolymers and Unusual PHA Homopolymers

- Pp. 403-435 (33)
Ayaka Hiroe, Sho Furutate, Shoji Mizuno, Takeharu Tsuge
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Microbial Bio-polyesters: Crystallinity and Mechanical Properties

- Pp. 436-490 (55)
Maria Cristina Righetti, Andrea Lazzeri, Patrizia Cinelli
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Subject Index

- Pp. 491-498 (8)
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