Bioconversion of Methane for Value-Added Products

  • Qiang FeiEmail author
  • Philip T. Pienkos


This chapter will briefly summarize the background of methane production from natural gas and biogas together with an introduction to the biomolecular basis of methanotrophy and the actual and potential commercial applications. This chapter also discusses the safety considerations for using methane in laboratory and safe development of methane-based bioprocesses. In the end, this chapter will focus on the process development for biological conversion of methane into desired products with attention to the enhancement of mass transfer efficiency and the development of bioreactor designs.


Methane Natural gas Shale gas Biogas Anaerobic fermentation Single-cell protein Biochemicals Biofuel Methanotroph Methane monooxygenase RuMP cycle Serine cycle Safety control Upper explosive limit Lower explosive limit Limiting oxygen concentration Bioconversion Fed-batch culture Continuous culture Mass transfer efficiency Bioreactor design Continuous stirred-tank bioreactors Bubble column bioreactors Airlift bioreactors Trickle-bed bioreactor Monolithic biofilm bioreactors Membrane biofilm bioreactor 



This work was supported by Key Research and Development Plan (2017GY-146) of Shaanxi Province of China and the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) of the US Department of Energy.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Xi’an Jiaotong UniversityXi’anChina
  2. 2.National Renewable Energy LaboratoryNational Bioenergy CenterGoldenUSA

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