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Microbial alkane production for jet fuel industry: motivation, state of the art and perspectives

AuthorsJiménez-Díaz, Lorena; Caballero, Antonio; Pérez-Hernández, Natalia ; Segura, Ana
Issue Date2017
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
CitationMicrobial Biotechnology 10: 103- 124 (2017)
AbstractBio-jet fuel has attracted a lot of interest in recent years and has become a focus for aircraft and engine manufacturers, oil companies, governments and researchers. Given the global concern about environmental issues and the instability of oil market, bio-jet fuel has been identified as a promising way to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from the aviation industry, while also promoting energy security. Although a number of bio-jet fuel sources have been approved for manufacture, their commercialization and entry into the market is still a far way away. In this review, we provide an overview of the drivers for intensified research into bio-jet fuel technologies, the type of chemical compounds found in bio-jet fuel preparations and the current state of related pre-commercial technologies. The biosynthesis of hydrocarbons is one of the most promising approaches for bio-jet fuel production, and thus we provide a detailed analysis of recent advances in the microbial biosynthesis of hydrocarbons (with a focus on alkanes). Finally, we explore the latest developments and their implications for the future of research into bio-jet fuel technologies.
Identifiersdoi: 10.1111/1751-7915.12423
issn: 1751-7915
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