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Advances in Bioenergy by Xumeng Ge, Yebo Li

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Chapter One

Biobutanol Production From Renewable Resources

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J. Zhang, S. Wang and Y. Wang1     Auburn University, Auburn, AL, United States1 Corresponding author: E-mail: yiwang3@auburn.edu 

Abstract

Butanol (n-butanol) is considered as an excellent fuel substitute for gasoline, superior to ethanol, and has been used as a valuable chemical feedstock in various industries. Biobased production of butanol (biobutanol) through the acetone-butanol-ethanol (ABE) fermentation process has a history of over 100 years and was the second largest industry in the first half of the 20th century. However, with the prosperity of the petrochemical industry, most ABE fermentation plants were closed and almost all butanol were produced through petrochemical ...

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