18 Februar 2011

nova-Review: Books about Biotechnology

Important references of Biorefineries over the last years

More and more books for experts and interested communities handle topics around Green Chemistry, Industrial Biotechnology and Biorefineries. Some of those published in 2010 should be introduced here:

  • KammBirgit Kamm, Patrick R. Gruber, Michael Kamm (ed.; 2006, 2010): Biorefineries – Industrial Processes and Products. Status quo and Future Directions. Wiley-VCH, Weinheim. Reprint, 994 pages, ca. 114,- Euro. ISBN 978-3-527-32953-3.

Kamm et al. 2006 somehow is one of the most important references of Biorefineries over the last years. It was first published in 2006 in a two volumes hardcover version and in 2010 a softcover versions was brought to market – a very good reason to review this book here at first: This book was one of the first of his kind, bringing a holistic overview of the whole world of biorefineries. After a very helpful introduction to biorefinery concepts and the most promising feedstocks and products, the editors covered all aspects of biorefining in different sections written by international experts. The selection leads from the biomass refining global impacts through the technical and economic challenges to all the different kinds of known biorefinery concepts based on different feedstocks from sugar and lignocellulose to plant juices and biochemical as well as thermochemical technologies. In further parts it covers the biomass production and conversion technologies, the biobased product family trees (carbohydrates, lignin fats and oils) and leads to the “Economy, Commercialization and Sustainability” of the biobased industry.

  • DemirAyhan Demirbas (2010): Biorefineries. For Biomass Upgrading Facilities. Springer, London. 240 pages, ca. 140,- Euro. ISBN 978-1-84882-720-2.

    In his book published in the Springer series “Green Energy and Technology” the author Demirbas concentrates on energy opportunities from biorefineries. He describes the main biorefinery concepts for the production of fuels based on biomass and their technical opportunities. For this he starts with an overview to the current situation of fossil fuels and the need of biomass for fuels, introducing the different types of biofuels. In the more technical parts he shows the biomass fractionation and valorisation, the different thermochemical and biochemical processes and an overview to economical, political and environmental impacts of biorefineries. Overall this book is a good reference for biofuel production in biorefineries.

  • SoetartWim Soetart, Erick J. Vandamme (ed.; 2010): Industrial Biotechnology: Sustainable Growth and Economic Success. Wiley-VCH, Weinheim. 499 pages, ca. 114,- Euro. ISBN 978-3-527-31442-3.
    With their book on Industrial Biotechnology Soetart and Vandamme published a very interesting overview of all aspects of this field. They start with a very interesting overview on the history of the Industrial biotechnology which shows the very long and interesting story of this approach coming from the early history from 7000 BC, when Sumeria and Babyloniy started their first brewing receipts and the Egypts with their applications for cheese production until the newest aspects of the 21st century. In other chapters the authors show a wide variety of aspects on fermentation technologies covering aspects like the directed evolution of industrial biocatalysts, enzyme production, nanobiotechnology and downstream processing. It also handles different field of utilizations like the chemical and pharmaceuthical industry, the food and feed sector , pulp and paper and biofuels. To finish the last chapters handle with aspects of sustainability – environmental, economical and social aspects – of the Industrial Biotechnology. All chapters are written by international experts in their fields so beside the joy of reading it is an excellent source for getting experts knowledge.
  • WinkMichael Wink (Hrsg..; 2010): Molekulare Biotechnologie. Konzepte, Methoden und Anwendungen. 2., aktualisierte Auflage. Wiley-VCH, Weinheim. 654 pages, 79,- Euro. ISBN 978-3-527-32655-6.

    The book from Michael Link written in German is acompetent educational work for students, professionals and all who are interested in the topics of molecular biotechnology, mainly focussed on pharmaceuthical and medical applications. For this reason it starts with a description the whole area of molecular and cell biology before concentrating on standard methods and main topics of the modern molecular biotechnology. It covers the fields of genomics and functional genomics, system biology, bioinformatics, molecular diagnostics and pharmacological biotechnology, transgenetics and gene therapy as well as the plant biotechnology and methods of the biocatalysis in the industrial biotechnology. In a last part it informs about the economical aspects and the ways of industrial applications of molecular biotechnology including patents, regulations of therapeuthic goods and a guidance for start-up in this business.

  • Cover BiotecWilliam J. Thieman, Michael A Palladino (ed.; 2007): Biotechnologie. Pearson Studium, München. 445 pages, 44,95 Euro. ISBN 978-3-8273-7236-9.

    This book from 2007 also from his concept is an educational book for students and others who are interested in this area; for students this book is available as a “Bafög” version for a price of 29,95 Euro. It covers the whole field of biotechnology as an overview not reaching too much in all the different topics to get an overview of the biotechnology field. It starts with a geral overview on the history of biotechnology and genetic engineering, following by a description of the biotechnology of microorganisms, plants and animals and leading to the genetic fingerprint and applications for forensics, environmental remediation and medicine to end with a short part on ethics. As an educational book to get an overview on biotechnology and mainly genetic engineering it works well but for a deeper view especially into the industrial biotechnology area which is only edged in this book one will need other literature.

  • Cover BiochemSome books on chemistry “für Dummies”:
    Especially for all those people who don’t have an understanding on all the complex aspects of chemistry and biochemistry or need to refresh their knowledge on the basics, several books came to market to handle these “Dummies”. For this reason we want to advice to you the series “für Dummis”, written in German (in English a series “for Dummies” also exists).

    For example:

    John T. Moore (2008): Chemie für Dummies. Wiley-VCH, Weinheim. 19,95 Euro. ISBN 978-3-527-70473-6.

    Arthur Winter (2008): Organische Chemie für Dummies. Wiley-VCH, Weinheim. 19,95 Euro. ISBN 978-3-527-70508-5.

    John Moore, Richard Langley (2009): Biochemie für Dummies. Wiley-VCH, Weinheim. 19,95 Euro. ISBN978-3-527-70292-3.

  • Source: Birgit Kamm, Patrick R. Gruber, Michael Kamm: Biorefineries – Industrial Processes and Products; Ayhan Demirbas: Biorefineries. For Biomass Upgrading Facilities; Wim Soetart, Erick J. Vandamme: Industrial Biotechnology: Sustainable Growth and Economic Success; Michael Wink: Molekulare Biotechnologie. Konzepte, Methoden und Anwendungen; William J. Thieman, Michael A Palladino: Biotechnologie; John T. Moore: Chemie für Dummies; a.o, 2011-02.

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