Lookup NU author(s): Dr Jan Dolfing
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Thermodynamics is central to our understanding of the ecology and physiology of microbial ecosystems. In physiological research, thermodynamics is used to determine the directionality of a reaction or the feasibility of a pathway. In ecological research, thermodynamics is used to determine the feasibility of a process and to rationalize the sequence of redox reactions in both natural environments and engineered biological systems and increasingly also as a basis to describe microbial activities as a function of environmental factors. This protocol provides a detailed annotated description of how to calculate change in Gibbs free energy values and redox potentials and a brief discussion on linking thermodynamics and kinetics for reactions of biological interest.
Author(s): Dolfing J
Editor(s): McGenity TJ; Timmis KN; Nogales B;
Publication type: Book Chapter
Publication status: Published
Book Title: Hydrocarbon and Lipid Microbiology Protocols
Online publication date: 14/06/2015
Acceptance date: 14/06/2015
Series Title: Springer Protocols Handbooks
URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/8623 2015 109
DOI: 10.1007/8623 2015 109
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