Editor: Martin Koller

Microbial Biopolyester Production, Performance and Processing

Volume 2

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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

Introduction

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.

Contributors

Editor(s):
Martin Koller
Office of Research Management and Service
c/o Institute of Chemistry
University of Graz
NAWI Graz, Heinrichstrasse 28/III, 8010 Graz
Austria




Contributor(s):
Abhishek Dutt Tripathi
School of Biochemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology
Banaras Hindu University
Varanasi-221005
India


Andrea Lazzeri
Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering
Largo Lucio Lazzarino 1, 56112
Pisa
Italy


Andrea Morelli
BIOlab Research Group, Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry
University of Pisa
UdR INSTM PISA
Via G. Moruzzi 13
56124 Pisa
Italy


Andrej Kržan
Laboratory for Polymer Science and Technology
National Institute of Chemistry
Hajdrihova 19, 1000 Ljubljana

Slovenia


Arpit Shrivastava
School of Biochemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology
Banaras Hindu University
Varanasi-221005
India


Ayaka Hiroe
Tokyo Institute of Technology
School of Materials and Chemical Technology
Nagatsuta
Midori-ku
Yokohama
Japan


Chaozhi Pan
Residues and Resource Reclamation Centre, Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute
Nanyang Technological University
1 Cleantech Loop, 637141
Singapore.
/
Division of Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Nanyang Technological University
50 Nanyang Avenue, 639798
Singapore


Emo Chiellini
BIOlab Research Group, Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry
University of Pisa
UdR INSTM PISA
Via G. Moruzzi 13
56124 Pisa
Italy


Fatemeh Yazdian
Department of Life Sciences Engineering, Faculty of New Sciences and Technologies
University of Tehran
Tehran
Iran


Federica Chiellini
BIOlab Research Group, Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry
University of Pisa
UdR INSTM PISA
Via G. Moruzzi 13
56124 Pisa
Italy


Gerhart Braunegg
ARENA Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Ressourcenschonende & Nachhaltige Technologien
Inffeldgasse 21b, 8010 Graz
Austria


Giin-Yu Amy Tan
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hung Hom
Kowloon
Hong Kong.
/
Residues and Resource Reclamation Centre, Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute
Nanyang Technological University
1 Cleantech Loop, 637141
Singapore.
/
Division of Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Nanyang Technological University
50 Nanyang Avenue, 639798
Singapore


Jing-Yuan Wang
Residues and Resource Reclamation Centre, Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute
Nanyang Technological University
1 Cleantech Loop, 637141
Singapore.
/
Division of Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Nanyang Technological University
50 Nanyang Avenue, 639798
Singapore


Kianoush Khosravi-Darani
Research Department of Food Technology, National Nutrition and Food Technology Research Institute, Faculty of Nutrition Sciences and Food Technology
Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences
P.O.Box: 19395-4741
Tehran
Iran


Liya Ge
Residues and Resource Reclamation Centre, Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute
Nanyang Technological University
1 Cleantech Loop, 637141
Singapore


Lucía Pérez Amaro
Institute of Chemistry of Organometallic Compounds (ICCOM- CNR, UOS Pisa)
Via G. Moruzzi 1, 56124 Pisa
Italy


Maria Cristina Righetti
CNR-IPCF
National Research Council - Institute for Chemical and Physical Processes
Via G. Moruzzi, 1, 56124 Pisa
Italy


Martin Koller
Office of Research Management and Service, c/o Institute of Chemistry
University of Graz
NAWI Graz, Heinrichstrasse 28/III
8010 Graz
Austria.
/
ARENA Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Ressourcenschonende & Nachhaltige Technologien
Inffeldgasse 21b
8010 Graz
Austria


Mohamed A. Abdelwahab
Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science,
Tanta University
Tanta, 31527
Egypt


Patrizia Cinelli
Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering
Largo Lucio Lazzarino 1, 56112
Pisa
Italy


Predrag Horvat
Department of Biochemical Engineering, Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology
University of Zagreb
Pierottijeva 6, 10000 Zagreb
Croatia


Sadhna Mishra
School of Biochemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology
Banaras Hindu University
Varanasi-221005
India


Sho Furutate
Tokyo Institute of Technology
School of Materials and Chemical Technology
Nagatsuta
Midori-ku
Yokohama
Japan


Shoji Mizuno
Tokyo Institute of Technology
School of Materials and Chemical Technology
Nagatsuta
Midori-ku
Yokohama
Japan


Surendra Pratap Singh
School of Biochemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology
Banaras Hindu University
Varanasi-221005
India


Swee Ngin Tan
Natural Sciences and Science Education Academic Group
Nanyang Technological University
1 Nanyang Walk, 637616
Singapore


Takeharu Tsuge
Tokyo Institute of Technology
School of Materials and Chemical Technology
Nagatsuta
Midori-ku
Yokohama
Japan


Tekraj Joshi
School of Biochemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology
Banaras Hindu University
Varanasi-221005
India




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