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Section I. Screening, Genetics and Biophysics Screening Concepts for the Isolation of Biosurfactant Producing Microorganisms.- Molecular Genetics of Biosurfactant Synthesis in Microorganisms.- Interaction of Dirhamnolipid Biosurfactants with Phospholipid Membranes: A Molecular Level Study Section II. Properties and Potential Applications Microbial Surfactants and Their Potential Applications: An Overview.- Microbial Biosurfactants and Biodegradation.- Biomedical and therapeutic applications of biosurfactants.- Microbial Surfactants of Marine Origin: Potentials and Prospects.- Biomimetic Amphiphiles: Properties and Potential Uses.- Applications of Biological Surface Active Compounds in Remediation Technologies.- Possibilities and Challenges for Biosurfactants Uses in Petroleum Industry.- Bacterial Biosurfactants and Their Role in Microbial Enhanced Oil Recovery (MEOR) Section III. Biosurfactant Production Molecular Engineering Aspects for the Production of New and Modified Biosurfactants.- Rhamnolipid Surfactants: Alternative Substrates, New Strategies.- Selected Microbial Glycolipids: Production, Modification and Characterization.- Production of Microbial Biosurfactants by Solid-State Cultivation.- Rhamnolipid Biosurfactants: Production and their Potential in Environmental Biotechnology.- Biosurfactant's Role in Bioremediation of NAPL and Fermentative Production.- Biosurfactants from Yeasts: Characteristics, Production and Application.- Environmentally Friendly Biosurfactants Produced by Yeasts.- Synthesis of Biosurfactants and Their Advantages to Microorganisms and Mankind.- Enrichment and Purification of Lipopeptide Biosurfactants.- Production of Surface Active Compounds by Biocatalyst Technology Section IV. The Most Studied Biosurfactants Structural and Molecular Characteristics of Lichenysin and Its Relationship with Surface Activity.- Surfactin:Biosynthesis, Genetics and Potential Applications

About the Author

Ramkrishna Sen is an Assistant Professor (Bioprocess Engineering) in the Department of Biotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, India. Before joining IIT Kharagpur, Dr. Sen served BITS, Pilani as an assistant professor and Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Ahmedabad as the Manager (R&D-Biotech). He successfully completed some industrial projects and launched modern biotechnology products. In IIT Kharagpur, he currently heads the `Bioprocess and Bioproduct Development' group, consisting of 11 research scholars, 2 MTech and 2 BTech project students, who are actively involved in developing, optimizing, modeling and scaling up bioprocesses for the production and applications of marine biosurfactants, probiotics based nutraceuticals, water-repellant durable jute geotextiles and biofuels. Dr. Sen, being a biochemical engineer with industrial R&D experience had set his research priorities in broader areas of biotherapy and bioenergy. His Biosurfactant group is engaged in characterizing marine microbial surfactants for their potential commercial, healthcare (antimicrobial and anticancer) and environmental (including bioremediation and MEOR) applications. His Nutraceutical group is developing probiotic based nutraceuticals and also working on probioactive molecules like bacteriocin and antihyperglycemic EPS molecule with significant antioxidant activities (Patent Application No.: 594/KOL/2009) and industrial enzymes. Dr. Sen was also involved in developing a biofuel additive for diesel engine, which showed superior fuel properties and pollution characteristics (Patent Appl. No.: KOL /1373/2006). His group is recently involved in developing hydrophobic geotextiles, continuous processes for biodiesel production (sponsored by PfP Technology LLC., Houston, USA) and process integration for bio-ethanol (in collaboration with NEERI, Nagpur) production. Dr. Sen has international research collaborations with some foreign universities and has visited many foreign countries including USA, UK , Brazil, Portugal, Czech Republic, Malaysia, Australia, etc. He has a number of sponsored research and consultancy projects and several research/review articles and book chapters in high impact international journals and highly rated books in the field of biotechnology and biochemical engineering. He serves as a reviewer of 17 peer reviewed international journals and has edited this book being published by Landes Biosciences and Springer Science+Business Media, LLC. Dr. Sen was recently invited as one of the founding members of the recently launched Global Biorenewables (BioEnergy) Research Society (GBR Society) in Lisbon. His biography has been published in Who's Who in Science & Engineering (2007) and Who's Who in the World (2008).

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