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SBIR Phase II:Conversion of Biodiesel Glycerol to Xylitol Co-Product

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
90974
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
0839752
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
A7
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ZUCHEM, INC.
2225 W. Harrison St. CHICAGO, IL 60612-4671
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: SBIR Phase II:Conversion of Biodiesel Glycerol to Xylitol Co-Product
Agency: NSF
Contract: 1026787
Award Amount: $499,996.00
 

Abstract:

This SBIR Phase II project will develop a method to convert the byproduct glycerol to a value-added co-product, xylitol, thereby helping to reduce the costs associated with biodiesel production. The anticipated result is a scalable process capable of converting crude glycerol to xylitol in a single step bioreactor process and a demonstrated method for recovery of the value-added product. The broader impact/commercial potential of the project will be to further biodiesel as a replacement for petrochemical diesel. Converting the main by-product of biodiesel production, glycerol, to a value-added product would improve the economics of biodiesel, while removing a waste stream and providing a reduction in price of the co-product. Xylitol itself also has beneficial societal impacts including anti-carcinogenic effects as a safe sweetener for diabetics, and it does not promote new cases of diabetes as some sweeteners are suspected of doing.

Principal Investigator:

Ryan Woodyer
3129972150
rwoodyer@zuchem.com

Business Contact:

Ryan Woodyer
3129972150
rwoodyer@zuchem.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

zuChem, Inc.
2225 W Harrison St Suite F Suite FChicago, IL 60612

EIN/Tax ID: 311814959
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No