Review Article

Developments in Fermentative Butanol Production as an Alternative Biofuel Source

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Kit Wayne Chew

Department of Chemical and
Environmental Engineering,
Faculty of Engineering,
University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus,
Jalan Broga,
Semenyih 43500, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia;
Bioseparation Research Group,
Faculty of Engineering,
University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus,
Jalan Broga,
Semenyih 43500,
Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
e-mail: kitwayne.chew@gmail.com

Jing Ying Yap

Department of Chemical and
Environmental Engineering,
Faculty of Engineering,
University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus,
Jalan Broga,
Semenyih 43500, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
e-mail: ying930907@gmail.com

Siti Sabariah Din

Bioseparation Research Group,
Faculty of Engineering,
University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus,
Jalan Broga,
Semenyih 43500, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia;
Institute of Graduate Studies,
University of Malaya,
Kuala Lumpur 50603, Malaysia
e-mail: sitisabariah18@gmail.com

Tau Chuan Ling

Institute of Biological Sciences,
University of Malaya,
Kuala Lumpur 50603, Malaysia
e-mail: tcling@um.edu.my

Purushothaman Monash

School of Civil and Chemical Engineering,
Department of Chemical Engineering,
VIT University,
Vellore 632014, Tamilnadu, India
e-mail: monash.purushothaman@vit.ac.in

Pau Loke Show

Department of Chemical and
Environmental Engineering,
Faculty of Engineering,
University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus,
Jalan Broga,
Semenyih 43500, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia;
Bioseparation Research Group,
Faculty of Engineering,
University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus,
Jalan Broga,
Semenyih 43500, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
e-mail: PauLoke.Show@nottingham.edu.my

1Corresponding author.

Contributed by the Advanced Energy Systems Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF ENERGY RESOURCES TECHNOLOGY. Manuscript received July 11, 2017; final manuscript received March 16, 2018; published online April 9, 2018. Assoc. Editor: Yaning Zhang.

J. Energy Resour. Technol 140(4), 040801 (Apr 09, 2018) (8 pages) Paper No: JERT-17-1351; doi: 10.1115/1.4039737 History: Received July 11, 2017; Revised March 16, 2018

Biobutanol is an attractive, economical, and sustainable alternative fuel to petroleum oil which are depleting in sources due to the diminishing oil reserves and creating an increase in the concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Alternative routes to sustainable bacterial fermentation for the production of biobutanol are being sought and prepared for commercialization. The challenges for implementing an economically competitive fermentation process for biobutanol production include the availability of cheaper feedstock by improvement toward large-scaled production, improvement of fermentation efficiency, and better strategies for solvent recovery. The development of biobutanol production was analyzed and various methods to increase the fermentative butanol production were discussed in detail. It was found that the implementations of metabolic engineering of the Clostridia sp., advanced fermentation techniques, and utilization of renewed substrates are among the potential and economically viable technology in the production butanol production. Besides, this review outlines several challenges and potential future work for the advancement of fermentative butanol production.

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Metabolic pathways in ABE fermentation by Clostridium



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