About the book
Primary alcohols are those alcohols where the carbon atom of the hydroxyl group (OH) is attached to only one single alkyl group. Some of the examples of these primary alcohols include methanol, propanol, ethanol, butanol and so on. The complexity of this alkyl chain is unrelated to the classification of any alcohol considered as primary. The existence of only one linkage among the hydroxyl group (OH) and an alkyl group is the reason that qualifies any alcohol as a primary. Primary alcohols are mainly chemically produced through chemical catalysis. However, this process has a high cost. On the other hand, primary alcohols can be produced by a biological process such as fermentation showing a competitive price and a sustainable process compared to the chemical process. This book will cover fermentation processes applied to primary alcohols production including the microorganisms used in the processes; advantages and disadvantages of the biological processes; and several applications of primary alcohols.