Biological and fermentative conversion of syngas

C. Wu*, X. Tu

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Syngas fermentation provides a promising and unique route to produce biofuels from the syngas that can be produced from various resources via different technologies. In this chapter, biological conversion of syngas is introduced and reviewed in terms of fermentation mechanism, factors that influence the process including media composition, reactor type, and method of product recovery. In addition, a review of current pilot- and commercial-scale processes of syngas fermentations is included. Combination of biomass gasification and syngas fermentation has been commercially deployed to produce bioethanol in consideration of the advantages of biomass gasification which can use a wide range of raw feedstock and syngas fermentation related to its high product selectivity.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Biofuels Production
Subtitle of host publicationProcesses and Technologies: Second Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9780081004562
ISBN (Print)9780081004555
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Bacteria
  • Conversion
  • Fermentation
  • Syngas

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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