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Bracher, J.M. (author)
Nearly 200 parties signed and committed to the Paris agreement in 2017, which comprises the long-term goal to keep the average global temperature increase well below 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels. Virtually all possible scenarios drafted to reach this goal include a strongly increased use of biofuels for transport by land, sea and air....
doctoral thesis 2019
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Marques, W.L. (author)
Contemporary society heavily depends on fossil sources. The energy and materials derived from fossil reserves were major contributors to the acceleration and intensification of agriculture and industry over the past 100 years. Such reserves are finite, hence, after expanding geographically, our economy is now consuming natural reserves that...
doctoral thesis 2018
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Verhoeven, M.D. (author)
The recent start-up of several full-scale ‘second generation’ ethanol plants marks a major milestone in the development of Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast strains for fermentation of lignocellulosic hydrolysates of agricultural residues and energy crops. In contrast to the fermentation of hexose sugar-rich substrates, such as corn syrup or sugar...
doctoral thesis 2018
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Papapetridis, I. (author)
Mankind’s energy requirements, which are currently mainly covered by the combustion of fossil fuels, have been steadily increasing in the past half century. While fossil fuels have a high energy content, their use results in significant emissions of greenhouse gases (mainly CO2, methane and nitrous oxide). As the industrialization of developing...
doctoral thesis 2018
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Mans, R. (author)
Microbial production of fuels and chemicals provides opportunities for replacing conventional production processes, which are based on chemical synthesis from non-renewable raw materials or on labour- and capital-intensive extraction from animal or plant tissues. Aeons of evolution, in which astronomical numbers of microorganisms competed for...
doctoral thesis 2017
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Guadalupe Medina, V.G. (author)
In its search to decrease the environmental impact of the production of materials and food, and for other socio-economic reasons, mankind has recently taken the first steps into a paradigm shift from a petrochemical-based society to a new, sustainable and to a significant extent bio-based society. In this new scenario, biomass derived from...
doctoral thesis 2013
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