Fermentative Alcohol Production

Mariano Martín, Antonio Sánchez, John M. Woodley

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In this chapter we present some of key principles of bioreactor design for the production of alcohols by fermentation of sugar and syngas . Due to the different feedstocks, a detailed analysis of the hydrodynamics inside the units , bubble columns or stirred tank reactors , the gas-liquid mass transfer rates, the implications in the heat transfer for jacketed reactors and the kinetic mechanisms for microbial reactions are presented. In particular, three examples are analyzed including the production of first generation bioethanol, second generation bioethanol from sugars and syngas as well as biobutanol.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBioreactors for Microbial Biomass and Energy Conversion
EditorsQ. Liao , J. Chang , C. Herrmann , A. Xia
Place of PublicationSingapore
Publication date2018
ISBN (Print)978-981-10-7676-3
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-10-7677-0
Publication statusPublished - 2018
SeriesGreen Energy and Technology


  • Bioethanol
  • Biobutanol
  • Syngas
  • Reactor design


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