Biomass, Biofuels, Biochemicals - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444640529, 9780444640536

Biomass, Biofuels, Biochemicals

1st Edition

Microbial Electrochemical Technology: Sustainable Platform for Fuels, Chemicals and Remediation

Editors: S.Venkata Mohan Ashok Pandey Sunita Varjani
eBook ISBN: 9780444640536
Paperback ISBN: 9780444640529
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 29th September 2018
Page Count: 1146
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Table of Contents

Ch 1: Microbial Electrochemical Technology(MET)-Basics and Applications

1.1 Introduction to Bioelectrogenesis

1.2 Applications

1.3 Electrodes

1.4 Membranes

1.5 Design

Ch 2: Electro Microbiology

2.1 Biocatalysts Anode and Cathode

2.2 Bioelectrochemistry Principles and Applications

2.3 Electron Transfer Process towards Harnessing Reducing Powers

2.4 Electroactive Microbiome

2.5 Photosynthesis and Biocatalysts

Ch:3 Microbial Fuel Cell: Power Production

3.1 Physical Factors influencing Power Output

3.2 Biological Factors influencing Power Output (including Biocathode)

3.3 Losses and Strategies to overcome

3.4 Configurations and Design

3.5 Stacking and Scale-up Operation

Ch 4 : Bioelectrochemical Treatment System: Waste Remediation

4.1 Role of Anode on Remediation

4.2 Role of Cathode on Remediation

4.3 Specific Pollutants (priority pollutants, xenobiotics, metals, etc)

4.4 Constructed wetlands embedded Applications

4.5 Microbial Desalination system

43.6 Design and Scaling-u Operation

Ch 5: Bio-Electrosynthesis: Biofuels and Chemicals

5.1 Electrofuels

5.2 Electrochemicals

5.3 Microbial Electrolysis for H2 Production

5.4 Bio-Sequestration of CO2 to Fuels and C hemicals

5.5 Electrofermentation

5.6 Resource Recovery

Ch 6 Sensors

6.1 Portable and Remote Applications

6.2 Microscale electrosensors

Ch 7: Bioelectro-Refinery

7.1 Integrated Biorefinery Approach

7.2 Life Cycle and Sustainability Analysis

7.3 Policy and Bioeconomy


Biomass, Biofuels, Biochemicals encompasses the potential of microbial electrochemical technologies, delineating their role in developing a technology for abating environmental crisis and enabling transformation to a sustainable future. The book provides new and futuristic methods for bioelectrogenesis, multiple product synthesis, waste remediation strategies, and electromicrobiology generation which are widely essential to individuals from industry, marketing, activists, writers, etc. In addition, it provides essential knowledge transfer to researchers, students and science enthusiasts on Microbial Electrochemical Technologies, detailing the functional mechanisms employed, various operational configurations, influencing factors governing the reaction progress and integration strategies.

With these key topics and features, the book generates interest among a wide range of people related to renewable energy generation and sustainable environmental research.

Key Features

  • Depicts the holistic view of the multiple applications of Microbial Electrochemical Technologies (METs) in a unified comprehensible manner
  • Provides strategic integrations of MET with various bioprocesses that are essential in establishing a circular biorefinery
  • Widens the scope of the existing technologies, giving up-to date, state-of-the-art information and knowledge on research and commercialization
  • Contains topics that are lucid, providing interdisciplinary knowledge on the environment, molecular biology, engineering, biotechnology, microbiology and economic aspects
  • Includes more than 75 illustrations, figures, diagrams, flow charts, and tables for further study


Academicians and Researchers at undergraduate, post graduate and Ph.D. level in Chemical and Process Engineering, Environmental science, Sustainability analysis, Electrochemistry, Materials science, Biotechnology, Microbiology, and Molecular biology


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About the Editors

S.Venkata Mohan Editor

Dr.S.Venkata Mohan is working as Principal Scientist in CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad since 1998. He was a Visiting Professor at Kyoto University (2005) and Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Fellow at Technical University of Munich, Germany (2001-02). His main research interests are in the domain of Environmental Bioengineering Specifically in the areas of Advance Waste Remediation, Aciodogenesis, Microbial Electrogenesis, Photosynthesis and Waste Biorefinery. He has authored more than 310 research articles, 36 chapters for books, edited 4 books and has 9 patents. His publication has more than 12,750 citations with an h-index of 62 (Google Scholar). He has guided 22 PhDs., 2 M.Phils and more than 100 M.Tech./B.Tech./M.Sc. students. Recently, Dr Mohan recently successfully demonstrated a pilot plant for biohydrogen production from waste for MNRE and waste fed biorefinery platform for CSIR. He carried out various industrial and consultancy projects in the area of environmental management. Dr Mohan is recipient of coveted ‘Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar (SSB) Prize’ for the year 2014 in Engineering Sciences from Government of India. He also received several awards and honours, which includes, Most outstanding Researcher in the field of Environmental Science in India- 2018 by Carrer360, as ‘National Bioscience award-2012’ by DBT, Government of India, SERB-IGCW-2017 for ‘Biohydrogen Technology’ from DST-SERB, Environmental Engineering Design Award 2017 by the National Design and Research Forum (NDRF) of Institute of Engineers, India (2017), ‘ Young Researcher Award in Sustainable Development -2010’ under Energy Category by United Nations University and Elsevier, ‘NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Award- 2010’ in Earth, Oceanographic & Environmental Sciences by NASI and Elsevier, Nawab Zain Yar Jung Bahadur Memorial Prize-1994 by The Institution of Engineers (India), etc. Dr Mohan is an elected Fellow of National Academy of Engineering, Biotech Research Society of India, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Akademy of Sciences, International Forum on Industrial Bioprocesses, Institution of Engineers, International Society for Energy, Environment and Sustainability, etc. Dr Mohan is National Editor for Science Portal (EVS), subject Editor for the Journal of Energy, Associate Editor for Frontiers in Environmental Science and Frontiers in Energy Research and is serving on the Editorial Board of several journals viz., Bioresource Technology, Advances in Energy Research, Carbon Resources Conversion, etc.

Affiliations and Expertise

Principal Scientist in CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad, India

Ashok Pandey

Ashok Pandey Editor

Professor Ashok Pandey is currently Distinguished Scientist at CSIR-Indian Institute for Toxicology Research, Lucknow, India and Honorary Executive Director at the Centre for Energy and Environmental Sustainability- India; he was the former Deputy Director for CSIR’s National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology at Trivandrum, where he head the Centre for Biofuels and Biotechnology Division. Professor Pandey’s research interests are on bio-based economy for the production of fuels and chemicals. He has over 1000 publications and communications, which include 14 patents and design copyright, 34 books, 99 book chapters, and 391 original and review papers. Professor Pandey is the recipient of many national and international awards and fellowships, including Fellow of International Society for Energy, Environment and Sustainability, National Academy of Science (India), Biotech Research Society, India, and the International Organization of Biotechnology and Bioengineering. He was Chairman of the International Society of Food, Agriculture and Environment, Finland (Food & Health) from 2003-2004. He is Founder President of the Biotech Research Society, India (; International Coordinator and General Secretary of International Forum on Industrial Bioprocesses, France (, and Vice-President of the International Society for Energy, Environment & Sustainability ( and All India Biotech Association ( Professor Pandey is Editor-in-chief of Bioresource Technology, Honorary Executive Advisors of Journal of Water Sustainability and Journal of Energy and Environmental Sustainability and editorial board member of several international and Indian journals. Prof. Pandey was also recently honoured as the Most Cited Author as per the Shanghai Ranking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2016.

Affiliations and Expertise

CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow, India

Sunita Varjani Editor

Dr. Sunita Varjani is Scientific Officer at Gujarat Pollution Control Board, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India. She holds M.Sc. degree in Microbiology and Ph.D. in Biotechnology. Her major areas of research are Industrial and Environmental Microbiology/Biotechnology. Dr. Varjani has authored more than eighty publications, including research and review papers, books and book chapters. She has won several awards and honours, including Young Scientist Award - 2018 by International Society for Energy, Environment and Sustainability, Certificate of Appreciation - 2017, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland, Top Reviewer Award - 2017, Bioresource Technology Journal, Elsevier, Young Scientist Award at AFRO-ASIAN Congress on Microbes for Human and Environmental Health, New Delhi (2014) and Best Paper Awards in national and international conferences in 2008, 2012 and 2013. She is member of editorial board of Journal of Energy and Environmental Sustainability and has served as guest editor of special issues of Bioresource Technology journal, Journal of Energy and Environmental Sustainability and Indian Journal of Experimental Biology. She is recipient of visiting scientist fellowship from EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland (2017).

Affiliations and Expertise

Scientific Officer, Gujarat Pollution Control Board