Methane Biocatalysis: Paving the Way to Sustainability

  • Marina G. Kalyuzhnaya
  • Xin-Hui Xing

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Ludmila Chistoserdova
    Pages 1-15
  3. Svetlana N. Dedysh, Claudia Knief
    Pages 17-42
  4. Huub J. M. Op den Camp, Sepehr S. Mohammadi, Arjan Pol, Peter F. Dunfield
    Pages 43-55
  5. Norma Cecilia Martinez-Gomez, Elizabeth Skovran
    Pages 67-82
  6. Valentina N. Khmelenina, Olga N. Rozova, Ilya R. Akberdin, Marina G. Kalyuzhnaya, Yuri A. Trotsenko
    Pages 83-98
  7. Ilya R. Akberdin, Merlin Thompson, Marina G. Kalyuzhnaya
    Pages 99-115
  8. Calvin A. Henard, Michael T. Guarnieri
    Pages 117-132
  9. Stephanie Heux, Trygve Brautaset, Julia A. Vorholt, Volker F. Wendisch, Jean Charles Portais
    Pages 133-151
  10. Thomas J. Smith, Tim Nichol
    Pages 153-168
  11. Toshiaki Kamachi, Ichiro Okura
    Pages 169-182
  12. Hadi Nazem-Bokaee, Zhen Yan, Costas D. Maranas, James G. Ferry
    Pages 183-197
  13. Ilka Madeleine Mühlemeier, Robert Speight, Peter James Strong
    Pages 213-235
  14. Carla Risso, Swati Choudhary, Arild Johannessen, Joshua Silverman
    Pages 293-298
  15. Bryan Yeh
    Pages 299-312

About this book


This book provides in-depth insights into the most recent developments in different areas of microbial methane and methanol utilization, including novel fundamental discoveries in genomics and physiology, innovative strategies for metabolic engineering and new synthetic approaches for generation of feedstocks, chemicals and fuels from methane, and finally economics and the implementation of industrial biocatalysis using methane consuming bacteria.  

Methane, as natural gas or biogas, penetrates every area of human activity, from households to large industries and is often promoted as the cleanest fuel. However, one should not forget that this bundle of energy, carbon, and hydrogen comes with an exceptionally large environmental footprint. To meet goals of long-term sustainability and human well-being, all areas of energy, chemicals, agriculture, waste-management industries must go beyond short-term economic considerations and target both large and small methane emissions. The search for new environment-friendly approaches for methane capture and valorization is an ongoing journey. While it is not yet apparent which innovation might represent the best solution, it is evident that methane biocatalysis is one of the most promising paths. Microbes are gatekeepers of fugitive methane in Nature. Methane-consuming microbes are typically small in number but exceptionally big in their impact on the natural carbon cycle.  They control and often completely eliminate methane emission from a variety of biological and geothermal sources. The tremendous potential of these microbial systems, is only now being implemented in human-made systems.  

The book addresses professors, researchers and graduate students from both academia and industry working in microbial biotechnology, molecular biology and chemical engineering. 


methanotrophic bacteria Systems biology monooxygenase biogas production sustainable energy biocatalysis

Editors and affiliations

  • Marina G. Kalyuzhnaya
    • 1
  • Xin-Hui Xing
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BiologySan Diego State UniversitySan DiegoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Chemical EngineeringTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina

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