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Biorefineries - Industrial Processes and Products: Status Quo and Future Directions

Birgit Kamm (Editor), Patrick R. Gruber (Editor), Michael Kamm (Editor)
ISBN: 978-3-527-32953-3
949 pages
August 2010
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This successful book is devoted to biorefineries and biobased industrial technologies, and, as such, is directed towards the technological principles of biorefineries, green processes, plants, concepts, current and forthcoming biobased product lines, as well as the economic aspects. Since the hot topics of green chemistry and green processes are of a multidisciplinary interest, this book will benefit the whole spectrum of the process industry, including chemical engineers, process engineers, apparatus construction engineers, chemical industry, chemists in industry, and biotechnologists.
The editors and authors are all internationally recognized experts from industry and academia, including Dr. Patrick Gruber, the former Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Cargill Dow, winner of the U.S. Presidential Green Chemistry Award and holder of more than 40 patents.
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Table of Contents

Biorefinery Systems -
An Overview
Biomass Refining Global Impact -
The Biobased Economy of the 21st Century
Development of Biorefineries -
Technical and Economic Considerations
Biorefineries for the Chemical Industry -
A Dutch Point of View
The Lignocellulosic Biorefinery -
A Strategy for Returning to a Sustainable Source of Fuels and Industrial Organic Chemicals
Lignocellulosic Feedstock Biorefinery: History and Plant Development for Biomass Hydrolysis
The Biofine Process -
Production of Levulinic Acid, Furfural, and Formic Acid from Lignocellulosic Feedstocks
A Whole Crop Biorefinery System: A Closed System for the Manufacture of Non-food Products from Cereals
Iogen's Demonstration Process for Producing Ethanol from Cellulosic Biomass
Sugar-based Biorefinery -
Technology for Integrated Production of Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate), Sugar, and Ethanol
Biomass Refineries Based on Hybrid Thermochemical-Biological Processing -
The Green Biorefiner Concept -
Fundamentals and Potential
Plant Juice in the Biorefinery -
Use of Plant Juice as Fermentation Medium
Biomass Commercialization and Agriculture Residue Collection
The Corn Wet Milling and Corn Dry Milling Industry -
A Base for Biorefinery Technology Developments
Enzymes for Biorefineries
Biocatalytic and Catalytic Routes for the Production of Bulk and Fine Chemicals from Renewable Resources
The Key Sugars of Biomass: Availability, Present Non-Food Uses and Potential Future Development Lines
Industrial Starch Platform -
Status quo of Production, Modification and Application
Lignocellulose-based Chemical Products and Product Family Trees
Lignin Chemistry and its Role in Biomass Conversion
Industrial Lignin Production and Applications
Towards Integration of Biorefinery and Microbial Amino Acid Production
Protein-based Polymers: Mechanistic Foundations for Bioproduction and Engineering
New Syntheses with Oils and Fats as Renewable Raw Materials for the Chemical Industry
Industrial Development and Application of Biobased Oleochemicals
Phytochemicals, Dyes, and Pigments in the Biorefinery Context
Adding Color to Green Chemistry? An Overview of the Fundamentals and Potential of Chlorophylls
Industrial Chemicals from Biomass -
Industrial Concepts
Succinic Acid -
A Model Building Block for Chemical Production from Renewable Resources
Polylactic Acid from Renewable Resources
Biobased Consumer Products for Cosmetics
Industrial Biotech -
Setting Conditions to Capitalize on the Economic Potential
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Author Information

Birgit Kamm studied chemistry at the Technical University of Merseburg, Germany where she obtained her Diploma in 1986, and received her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry in 1991 at the Institute of Organic Chemistry (with Prof. M. Schulz and Prof. E. Fanghänel). After receiving a grant from the German Federal Environmental Foundation in 1997, she joined the Institute of Chemistry (with Prof. E. Kleinpeter and Prof. M.G. Peter), University of Potsdam, where she fi nished her Habilitation in Organic Chemistry in 2005. She founded the Biorefinery Association
Berlin-Brandenburg, Germany, in 1997. Since 1998 she has been a member of the board of the Research Institute of Bioactive Polymer Systems (biopos e.V.), and since 2001 she has been scientific director of this institute.

Patrick Gruber is currently President and CEO of Outlast Technologies. He is the former Vice President and Chief Technology Offi cer at NatureWorks LLC (formerly Cargill Dow LLC), USA. He has over 40 patents to his name and has repeatedly won top awards for his work in chemicals made from renewable resources, including the Discovery Award for Environmental Innovation awarded by the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation, the US Presidential Green Chemistry Award, and the US Department of Energy Technology of the Year Award 2001, together with Cargill Dow Inc., for the pioneering NatureWorks PLA project. He has served on the Advisory Board to the Energy Futures Coalition, The DOE/USDA Biomass Federal Advisory Board, and several other boards.

Michael Kamm studied organic chemistry at the Technical University of Merseburg, Germany, where he graduated with his Diploma. After a research assistantship in Halle-Wittenberg he moved to Potsdam University, co-founded the research institute biopos e.V. where he was involved in the material utilization of renewable raw materials. Since the foundation of biorefinery.de GmbH in 2001 he was President of this company with its headquarter in Potsdam, Germany. He authored and co-authored more than 60 scientific publications and is the holder of 15 international patents.
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"Altogether, the edition is an interdisciplinary effort to collect knowledge, experience, and potential in the field of biomass treatment and utilization from a rather chemical point of view. It is a useful source of information for interested scientists, technologists, and engineers in chemistry, agricultural and food sciences and technology as well as related fields."

"The book covers a wide range of topics and is, to my knowledge, the best and most comprehensive review of biorefineries. It is the work of 85 experts from universities, R&D institutes, industry and commerce. The authors address the challenges of moving towards a sustainable society in which biological feedstocks, processes and products become the main pillars of the economy, together with the science and technology that makes this transition possible, including economic, infrastructure and policy issues."
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"The topics presented in this volume are challenges of moving toward a sustainable society in which bio-based feedstocks, processes and products are fundamental pillars of the economy. One important feature of the book is that it discusses the necessary topics of economics, infrastructure and policy. The book can be a very valuable scientific support for the specialists interested in conservation of non-renewable resources and development of biorefineries - technologies for bio-conversion."
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