Biotechnology in the Chemical Industry

Biotechnology in the Chemical Industry

Towards a Green and Sustainable Future

1st Edition - November 8, 2019

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  • Author: Pratima Bajpai
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128184035
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128184028

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Biotechnology in the Chemical Industry: Towards a Green and Sustainable Future focuses on achievements and prospects for biotechnology in sustainable production of goods and services, especially those that are derived at present mostly from the traditional chemical industry. It considers the future impact of industrial biotechnology and lays out the major research areas which must be addressed to move from a flourishing set of scientific disciplines to a major contributor to a successful future knowledge-based economy. The book focuses on the research needed to underpin three broad topics: biomass, bio-processes and bio-products, including bio-energy. Readers, including advanced students, researchers, industry professionals, academics, analysts, consultants, and anyone else interested, or involved in biotechnology will find this book very informative.

Key Features

  • Offers a comprehensive introduction to the subject for researchers interested in the biotechnological applications in chemical industry
  • Provides a state-of-the art update on the field
  • Presents the economic and ecological advantages of industrial biotechnology
  • Discusses efforts made by developing countries towards industrial biotechnology
  • Describes new biotechnological applications
  • Includes the major challenges facing industrial biotechnology


Biotechnologists, Biochemists, Microbiologists, Industrial Technologists, Chemists, Chemical Engineers, Biochemical Engineers, Environmental Engineers, Process Engineers

Table of Contents

  • 1. General introduction
    2. Industrial sustainability and Biotechnology
    3. Renewable versus fossil resources
    4. Renewable raw materials for the industry
    4.3 Bioprocesses in industrial biotechnology Fermentation processes Enzymatic processes
    4.4 Application of biotechnology in chemical industry Bulk chemicals Food additives and food supplements Bio-pesticides Bio-colorants, flavours and aroma compounds Solvents Plastics or bio-plastics Vitamins Fine chemicals and Pharmaceuticals . Biofuels Bioethanol Biodiesel Biogas Bioremediation
    4.5 The economical and ecological advantages of industrial biotechnology
    4.6 Efforts made by developing countries towards industrial biotechnology
    4.7 Major challenges facing Industrial Biotechnology
    4.7 Future perspectives

Product details

  • No. of pages: 246
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2019
  • Published: November 8, 2019
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128184035
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128184028

About the Author

Pratima Bajpai

Dr. Pratima Bajpai is currently working as a Consultant in the field of Paper and Pulp. She has over 36 years of experience in research at the National Sugar Institute, University of Saskatchewan, the University of Western Ontario, in Canada, in addition to the Thapar Research and Industrial Development Centre, in India. She also worked as a visiting professor at the University of Waterloo, Canada, and as a visiting researcher at Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. She has been named among the World’s Top 2% Scientists by Stanford University in the list published in October 2021. This is the second consecutive year that she has made it into the prestigious list. Dr. Bajpai's main areas of expertise are industrial biotechnology, pulp and paper, and environmental biotechnology. She has contributed immensely to the field of industrial biotechnology and is a recognized expert in the field. Dr. Bajpai has written several advanced level technical books on environmental and biotechnological aspects of pulp and paper which have been published by leading publishers in the United States and Europe. She has also contributed chapters to a number of books and encyclopedia, obtained 11 patents, written several technical reports, and has implemented several processes in Indian Paper mills. Dr. Bajpai is an active member of the American Society of Microbiologists and is a reviewer of many international research journals. She has also handled several Sponsored Research Projects from industry and government agencies. She is an active member of the New York Academy of Science, American Society for Microbiology, and many more.

Affiliations and Expertise

Consultant-Pulp and Paper, Kanpur, India

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