Environmental Biocatalysis

  • Sergei Varfolomeyev
  • Sergei Kalyuzhnyi
Part of the NATO Science Partnership Sub-Series: 1: book series (ASDT, volume 33)


Environmental contamination is one of the major concerns of the second half of the 20th century. The growth of the amount of waste, including the highly toxic agents, is of anthropogenic origin. The dramatic boom of environmental contamination in the last half of the 20th century is definitely correlated to the increase in human population. The kinetic curve of the growth of human population is shown in Figure 1. In the last millennium, this population growth is not simply exponential but constantly accelerated, and adequately described by expression shown in equation (1),
$$ N\left( t \right){N_0}\exp \left[ {\frac{{{k_{app}}}}{{{k_0}}}\exp \left( {{k_0}t} \right)} \right] $$
wherein N0 is the population at the start of our era, a and b are the constants, t is the time expressed in years [1].


Chemical Oxygen Demand Butyric Acid Microbial Consortium Anaerobic Reactor Methanogenic Bacterium 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sergei Varfolomeyev
    • 1
  • Sergei Kalyuzhnyi
    • 1
  1. 1.Chemical Enzymology Department, Faculty of ChemistryThe Lomonosov Moscow State UniversityMoscowRussia

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