Biopetrochemicals via Biocatalysis by Hydrocarbons Microbes and their Enzymes

  • R. Karande
  • A. Schmid
  • K. Buehler
Reference work entry
Part of the Handbook of Hydrocarbon and Lipid Microbiology book series (HHLM)


Hydrocarbon-degrading organisms are an important source for industrial relevant reactions. The respective degradation pathways harbor oxidoreductases, an enzyme class catalyzing highly interesting reactions for the production of high value added compounds and fine chemicals. Exploiting these reactions for biocatalysis requires the development of different reaction concepts, as hydrocarbons are often problematic substrates in terms of toxicity and solubility. This chapter will present the development of various reaction concepts for the technical utilization of hydrocarbon degrading organisms and their respective enzymes as biocatalysts.


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  1. 1.Department of Solar MaterialsHelmholtz Center for Environmental Research Leipzig (UFZ)LeipzigGermany

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