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item Hou, Ching

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Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/15/2005
Publication Date: 6/26/2006
Citation: Hou, C.T. 2006. Preface. In: Hou, C. T. editor. Handbook for Industrial Biocatalysis. New York, NY. Dekker/CRC Press.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: The definition of Biocatalysis includes enzyme catalysis, biotransformation, bioconversion, fermentation and biotechnology. It deals not only with one step catalytic reaction, but also includes many sequential reaction steps to produce a product. Biocatalysis is a bioprocess including molecular manipulation of enzymes, the reaction itself, and product recovery. This Handbook was assembled with the intent of bringing together all types of industrial biocatalysis. The Handbook is divided into three sections and twenty nine chapters. The first section describes the world's newest biotechnology, including bioprocesses on producing potential industrial products from hydrophobic substrates such as oils and fats. The products include healthy food, nutritional supplements, neutraceuticals, chiral synthons, specialty chemicals, surfactants, biopolymers, and antimicrobial and physiologically active agents. The second section of this Handbook deals with producing value-added products from carbohydrate substrates. The scope includes ethanol production, oligosaccharides and glycosides, utilization of hemicelluloses, and carbohydrate-active enzymes. The third section deals with other potential industrial bioprocesses. This Handbook of Industrial Biocatalysis is intended for teachers, postdocs, graduate students and industrial scientists who conduct research in biosciences and biotechnology.