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Protocols for calculating reaction kinetics and thermodynamics

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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.

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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

Year: 2015

Pages: 155-163

Online publication date: 14/06/2015

Acceptance date: 14/06/2015

Series Title: Springer Protocols Handbooks

Publisher: Springer

URL: 2015 109

DOI: 10.1007/8623 2015 109

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9783662493090