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Publication Acceptance Date: 1/20/2008
Publication Date: 8/30/2008
Citation: Hou, C.T. 2008. Preface. In: Hou, C.T., editor. Biocatalysis and Bioenergy. New York, NY:John Wiley & Sons. i-ii.
Technical Abstract: This book was assembled with the intent of bringing together current advances and in-depth review of biocatalysis and bioenergy with emphasis on biodiesel, bioethanol, biohydrogen and industrial products. Biocatalysis and bioenergy defined in this book include enzyme catalysis, biotransformation, bioconversion, fermentation, genetic engineering and product recovery. Bioenergy includes energy derived from biomass and all kind of biological resources. Due to the high cost of petroleum products, biofuels drew great attention recently. Production of biofuels in the United States is forecasted to exceed 16 billion gallons by 2015, ethanol will account for 9.4% of gasoline consumption, and biodiesel will be approximately 4% of total estimated diesel consumption. Global production of ethanol is expected to exceed 120 billion gallons by 2020, while the worldwide production of biodiesel is seen to reach 3.2 billion gallons by the end of 2010. Therefore, the trend of bioenergy is clearly one that will continue to grow. Biocatalysis presents the advantages of high specificity, efficiency, energy conservation and pollution reduction. Therefore, biocatalysis and biotechnology are increasingly important for bioenergy production. This book is composed of 32 chapters divided into three sections: biodiesel, bioethanol and industrial products. There is no comprehensive book on bioenergy or biofuels. This is the most current book on bioenergy and industrial products. This book will serve as a reference book for teachers, graduate students, and industrial scientists who conduct research in biosciences and biotechnology.