© 2019


  • Falk Harnisch
  • Dirk Holtmann

Part of the Advances in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology book series (ABE, volume 167)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Falk Harnisch, Dirk Holtmann
    Pages 1-14
  3. Francesca Simonte, Gunnar Sturm, Johannes Gescher, Katrin Sturm-Richter
    Pages 15-38
  4. Tanja Vidakovic-Koch
    Pages 39-85
  5. Lisa Marie Schmitz, Katrin Rosenthal, Stephan Lütz
    Pages 87-134
  6. Sven Kerzenmacher
    Pages 135-180
  7. Miriam A. Rosenbaum, Carola Berger, Simone Schmitz, Ronny Uhlig
    Pages 181-202
  8. Annemiek ter Heijne, Florian Geppert, Tom H. J. A. Sleutels, Pau Batlle-Vilanova, Dandan Liu, Sebastià Puig
    Pages 203-229
  9. Thomas Krieg, Joana Madjarov, Luis F. M. Rosa, Franziska Enzmann, Falk Harnisch, Dirk Holtmann et al.
    Pages 231-271
  10. Benjamin Korth, Falk Harnisch
    Pages 273-325
  11. Christoph Kurt Tanne, Axel Schippers
    Pages 327-359
  12. Babu Halan, Jenny Tschörtner, Andreas Schmid
    Pages 361-393
  13. Dirk Holtmann, Falk Harnisch
    Pages 395-411
  14. Sven Kerzenmacher
    Pages 413-413
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 415-420

About this book


This volume discusses both the latest experimental research in bioelectrosynthesis and current applications. Beginning with an introduction into the “electrification of biotechnology” as well as the underlying fundamentals, the volume then discusses a wide range of topics based on the interfacing of biotechnological and electrochemical reaction steps. It includes contributions on the different aspects of bioelectrochemical applications for synthesis purposes, i.e. the production of fine and platform chemicals based on enzymatically or microbially catalyzed reactions driven by electric energy. The volume finishes with a summary and outlook chapter which gives an overview of the current status of the field and future perspectives. Edited by experts in the field, and authored by a wide range of international researchers, this volume assesses how research from today’s lab bench can be developed into industrial applications, and is of interest to researchers in academia and industry.


electrobiotechnology Photo-electrochemical system Microbial electrolysis Microbial electron transfer Microbial electrodes Electrochemical processes Microbial electrochemical biomining

Editors and affiliations

  • Falk Harnisch
    • 1
  • Dirk Holtmann
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Environmental MicrobiologyHelmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research GmbH - UFZLeipzigGermany
  2. 2.Industrial BiotechnologyDECHEMA-ForschungsinstitutFrankfurt am MainGermany

About the editors

Falk Harnisch is group leader at the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ in Leipzig (Germany) since 2012. He earned his PhD (2009) and a Diploma (2006) from the University of Greifswald (Germany) and his Habilitation (2016) from the University of Leipzig. He has received numerous awards and scholarships, most recently the Research-Award "Biotechnology 2020+" by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (2012), and Research Award of the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ (2015). Prior to his current post he was PostDoc and Senior Researcher at the TU Braunschweig (Germany) and Visiting Academic at The University of Queensland (Australia). He has now been working at the interface of microbiology and electrochemistry for over a decade. His research interests cover the fields of microbial electrochemistry and microbial electrochemical technologies, electrochemistry for energy conversion and storage, especially electroorganic chemistry.

Dirk Holtmann was born in Bremen, Germany and completed his diploma in chemical engineering/biotechnology in 1999. He obtained his PhD at the Otto von Guericke University of Magdeburg on the electrochemical measurement of the microbial activities in fermentations. He is now group leader of the biochemical engineering group at the DECHEMA Research Institute in Frankfurt, Germany. The research focuses on the combination of different disciplines such as bio-, electro- and chemo-catalysis, molecular biology and process engineering to develop novel production routes. His current research activities concentrate on biocatalysis and biotransformations, the development and evaluation of electro-enzymatic processes as well as microbial electrosynthesis. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Bioelectrosynthesis
  • Editors Falk Harnisch
    Dirk Holtmann
  • Series Title Advances in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology
  • Series Abbreviated Title Adv Biochem Eng Biotechnol
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Chemistry and Materials Science Chemistry and Material Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-03298-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-03299-9
  • Series ISSN 0724-6145
  • Series E-ISSN 1616-8542
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 420
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Biotechnology
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