Chemical Feedstocks and Fine Chemicals from Other Substrates

  • K. Muffler
  • N. Tippkötter
  • R. Ulber
Reference work entry
Part of the Handbook of Hydrocarbon and Lipid Microbiology book series (HHLM)


It is well known that classical energy sources such as petroleum oil and natural gas make up the fundamental materials, on which all modern industrial chemical parks are based on. According to the finiteness availability of these consuetudinary resources and due to the increasing demand for energy of developing countries and the related rise in prices of oil and natural gas, renewable resources must be considered as valuable alternatives. Discussions about climate changes with regard to alternatives of energy production are very fervid, but alternatives have to be examined from a matter-of-fact-based, economical, and scientific point of view. Within the frame of this contribution, we focus therefore on alternative sources with respect to their potential as future building blocks for chemical synthesis processes.


Renewable resources Biorefinery Methanol Methane Lipids Whey Biotransformation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Bioprocess EngineeringUniversity of KaiserslauternKaiserslauternGermany

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