Engineering Principles in Biotechnology

Wei-Shou Hu
Published in: John Wiley & Sons
Release Year: 2019
ISBN: 978-1119-1-5903-2
Pages: 490
Edition: 1st
File Size: 12 MB
File Type: pdf
Language: English

Description of Engineering Principles in Biotechnology

Bio-processes use microbial, plant, or animal cells and the materials derived from them, such as enzymes or DNA, to produce industrial biochemicals and pharmaceuticals. In the past two decades, the economic output from bio-processes has increased drastically. This economic growth was the result of the translation of numerous discoveries to innovative technologies and manufactured products. The success has brought together numerous scientists and engineers of different disciplines to work together to break new ground. The task of taking biotechnological discoveries to a successful product or process requires a multidisciplinary team consisting of engineers and chemical and biological scientists to work synergistic-ally. The success of a project, a team, or even a company in biotechnology often hinges on the ability of scientists and engineers of different specialties to work effectively together. Engineering Principles in Biotechnology book has been written with this important characteristic of the bio-process industry in mind. A major goal of the book is to give students the necessary vocabulary and critical engineering knowledge to excel in bio-process technology.
Engineering Principles in Biotechnology textbook is based on a biochemical engineering course that has been offered at the University of Minnesota for a number of years. The contents are intended for a semester course of about 14 weeks of three lecture-hours a week. Although the majority of the students taking this course are senior undergraduate and graduate students from chemical engineering and bio-engineering, nearly one-third are graduate students from a life science background. An emphasis of the content and writing of the book is thus the fundamental engineering principles, the quantitative practice, and the accessibility of analysis for students of different backgrounds.
The target audience of the book is not only students taking the biochemical engineering or bio-process engineering courses given in chemical engineering or bio-engineering programs but also students in biotechnology programs that are outside of the chemical engineering disciplines, especially in countries outside North America. In writing Engineering Principles in Biotechnology book, I assumed that the students have had at least one biology course, and have fundamental knowledge of carbohydrates, DNA, RNA, proteins, and other bio-molecules, as is the case for most engineering students nowadays. Nevertheless, students from both engineering and life science backgrounds will encounter new vocabulary and new concepts that will help them in cross-disciplinary communication once they join the biotechnology workforce.
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