This book is about the design and operation of bioreactors for SSF. The current chapter briefly introduces the various bioreactor types, which will be described in more detail in Chaps. 6 to 11. Chapter 4 considers the heat and mass transfer phenomena that occur within bioreactors in a qualitative manner, while Chap. 5 shows how these heat and mass transfer phenomena are intimately linked to the question of how to design a large-scale SSF bioreactor; this discussion will highlight the need for mathematical models as tools in the scale-up process (Fig. 3.1).

What does a bioreactor need to do? (Chap. 3)

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