Bioconversion of Methane for Value-Added Products

Philip Pienkos, Qiang Fei

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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.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationExtremophilic Microbial Processing of Lignocellulosic Feedstocks to Biofuels, Value-Added Products, and Usable Power
EditorsR. K. Sani, N. K. Rathinam
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9783319744599
ISBN (Print)9783319744575
StatePublished - 26 Jul 2018

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CH-5100-63889


  • anaerobic fermentation
  • biochemicals
  • biofuel
  • biogas
  • methane
  • natural gas
  • shale gas
  • single-cell protein


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