Chapter 18. Hydrogen Generation by Microbial Cultures

  1. Alain A. Vertès2,
  2. Nasib Qureshi3,
  3. Hans P. Blaschek4 and
  4. Hideaki Yukawa5
  1. Anja Hemschemeier,
  2. Katrin Müllner,
  3. Thilo Rühle and
  4. Thomas Happe

Published Online: 12 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470750025.ch18

Biomass to Biofuels: Strategies for Global Industries

Biomass to Biofuels: Strategies for Global Industries

How to Cite

Hemschemeier, A., Müllner, K., Rühle, T. and Happe, T. (2010) Hydrogen Generation by Microbial Cultures, in Biomass to Biofuels: Strategies for Global Industries (eds A. A. Vertès, N. Qureshi, H. P. Blaschek and H. Yukawa), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470750025.ch18

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Sloan Fellowship, London Business School, UK

  2. 3

    Bioenergy Research, United States Department of Agriculture, National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, Peoria, IL, USA

  3. 4

    Center for Advanced BioEnergy Research, Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition and The Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA

  4. 5

    Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology Group, Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE), Kyoto, Japan

Author Information

  1. Plant Biochemistry, Faculty of Biology & Biotechnology, Ruhr University Bochum, Bochum, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 12 JAN 2010
  2. Published Print: 15 JAN 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470513125

Online ISBN: 9780470750025



  • hydrogen, methane and methanol;
  • hydrogen generation by microbial cultures;
  • biological hydrogen production;
  • biological H2 generation optimization;
  • enzymes, species and metabolic pathways known to generate H2;
  • H2-metabolizing enzymes and H2-consuming and -producing metabolisms;
  • metabolic basics for hydrogen production - fermentation and photosynthesis;
  • H2 production in application;
  • H2 generation by cocultures and undefined cultures


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction: Why Biological Hydrogen Production?

  • Biological Hydrogen Production

  • Metabolic Basics for Hydrogen Production: Fermentation and Photosynthesis

  • H2 Production in Application: Cases in Point

  • Perspective

  • References