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Sustainability and Life Cycle Assessment in Industrial Biotechnology

  • Magnus Fröhling
  • Michael Hiete

Part of the Advances in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology book series (ABE, volume 173)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Background

  4. Industrial Biotechnology from an Assessment Perspective

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Aranya Venkatesh, I. Daniel Posen, Heather L. MacLean, Pei Lin Chu, W. Michael Griffin, Bradley A. Saville
      Pages 77-119
    3. Lotte Asveld, Patricia Osseweijer, John A. Posada
      Pages 121-141 Open Access
  5. Specific Methods and Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 231-231
    2. Jan Paul Lindner, Tabea Beck, Ulrike Bos, Stefan Albrecht
      Pages 233-254
    3. Daniel Pleissner, Klaus Kümmerer
      Pages 281-298
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 359-367

About this book


This book reviews the assessment of industrial biotechnology products and processes from a sustainable perspective. Industrial Biotechnology is a comparably young field which comes along with high expectations with regard to sustainability issues. These stem from the promise of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and replacing fossil resources in the near or later future and using green technology, i.e. more environmentally friendly technologies. The intended economic, ecological and social benefits, however, need to be proven, resulting in a variety of challenges, both from a methodological and application point of view.

In this book, specific assessment and application topics of industrial biotechnology are addressed, highlighting challenges and solutions for both developers and users of assessment methods. In twelve chapters, experts in their particular fields define the scope, characterize industrial biotechnology and show in their contributions the state of the art, challenges and prospects of assessing industrial biotechnology products and processes.

The chapter 'Societal and Ethical Aspects of Industrial Biotechnology' of this book is available open access under a CC BY 4.0 license at


industrial biotechnology Social Life Cycle Assessment sustainability geobiotechnology Environmental impact of Industrial Biotechnology Risk Assessment Green Chemistry

Editors and affiliations

  • Magnus Fröhling
    • 1
  • Michael Hiete
    • 2
  1. 1.TUM Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and SustainabilityTechnical University of Munich (TUM)StraubingGermany
  2. 2.Department of Business ChemistryUlm UniversityUlmGermany

About the editors

Magnus Fröhling is a professor of circular economy at TU Munich (TUM). At the TUM Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability he develops quantitative approaches for the analysis, assessment and planning of circular economy and bioeconomy systems, including technologies for recycling and biomass conversion, as well as biorefineries, production and recycling networks and global material cycles. From 2015 until 2018 Magnus Fröhling served as  professor of business administration, especially resource management at TU Bergakademie Freiberg. He obtained his habilitation and teaching licence in business administration from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Magnus Fröhling received a doctoral degree in business administration from Universität Karlsruhe (TH) and holds a diploma in industrial engineering and management from the same institution.

Michael Hiete is professor for chemistry and management (business chemistry) at Ulm University, Germany since 2016. His interdisciplinary research interests include techno-economic and life cycle assessment, sustainable industrial value chains as well as sustainability issues of raw materials and resources. Further interests are the sustainable built environment and risk management. In his work he uses a wide range of mostly quantitative methods.
From 2012 to 2015 Michael Hiete was professor for industrial ecology and technological change at the Center for Environmental Systems Research (CESR), Universität Kassel. He received a habilitation degree and teaching licence for business management and environmental systems analysis from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and holds a diploma degree in environmental and doctorate in geosciences, both from Technische Universität Carolo-Wilhelmina Braunschweig.

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