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A novel process for converting wood chips into improved composite boards,…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
83632
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
2007-00326
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
BIOPULPING INTERNATIONAL, INC.
2912 SYENE RD Fitchburg, WI 53713 3206
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: A novel process for converting wood chips into improved composite boards, chemicals and fuels
Agency: USDA
Contract: 2007-33610-17930
Award Amount: $80,000.00
 

Abstract:

"We have developed a new pretreatment (patent pending) with red pine for medium density fiberboard (MDF) production, which compared to controls was more resistant to water infiltration in 24 hour swelling and water adsorption tests. Structural integrity after water exposure is an important property of MDF and other wood-based composites. Enhanced water resistance was obtained concurrent with carbohydrate removal, which can be fermented into additional fuel and chemical products. The objective of this study is to determine how much carbohydrate can be removed prior to MDF formation and the effect of treatment on MDF strength and water resistance. Process constraints (temperature, time of treatment and chemical loading) using oxalic acid and its derivatives need to be determined to maximize sugar recovery and retain enhanced MDF properties. Phase I studies will be extended to hardwoods, small diameter materials and mixed biofiber sources to explore the possible economic and performance enhancements of this new process. Similar results with these new starting materials will enhance the health of forests, create a new resource for fermentation to bio-based fuels and chemicals, and still produce a new and improved MDF product."

Principal Investigator:

Masood Akhtar
6083320189
makhtar@biopulping.com

Business Contact:

Eric G. Horn
Research Scientist
6083320191
ehorn@biopulping.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

BioPulping International, Inc.
2912 Syene Road Madison, WI 53713

EIN/Tax ID: 391986746
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No