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PRODUCTION AND UTILIZATION OF 2.3-PENTANEDIONE FROM LACTIC ACID

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
26926
Program Year/Program:
1994 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
26926
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ESA, INC.
22 ALPHA RD CHELMSFORD, MA 01824
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1994
Title: PRODUCTION AND UTILIZATION OF 2.3-PENTANEDIONE FROM LACTIC ACID
Agency: USDA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $50,000.00
 

Abstract:

RESEARCH IS PROPOSED TO DEMONSTRATE THE FEASIBILITY OF 2,3-PENTANEDIONE PRODUCTION FROM LACTIC ACID IN A CONTINUOUS, CATALYTIC PROCESS. THE INCREASING LOW-COST AVAILABILITY OF LACTIC ACID MAKES 2,3-PENTANEDIONE MANUFACTURE POSSIBLE WELL BELOW CURRENT COSTS AND WILL OPEN NEW MARKETS FOR THIS DIKETONE. POTENTIAL APPLICTIONS FOR 2,3-PENTANEDIONE INCLUDE ITS USE AS A FLAVORING AGENT, PHOTOSENSITIVE FREE-RADICAL INITIATOR, SOLVENT, AND AS A STARTING MATERIAL FOR OTHER HIGH-VALUE CHEMICALS. IN PHASE I RESEARCH, LABORATORY STUDIES OF CATALYTIC CONVERSION WILL EXAMINE EXTENDED RESIDENCE TIMES, LOW TEMPERATURES (260-300 DEGREES CENTIGRADE) AND CATALYSTS TO ACHIEVE A TARGET 2,3-PENTANEDIONE YIELD OF +/-50% OF THEORETICAL ALONG WITH HIGH SELECTIVITY. BENCH-SCALE SEPARATION/RECOVERY STUDIES, SPECIFICALLY ADDRESSING THE 2,3-PENTANEDIONE/WATER AZEOTROPE, WILL BE UNDERTAKEN CONCURRENTLY. FINALLY, THE POTENTIAL OF 2,3-PENTANEDIONE USAGE AS A METAL-CHELATING SOLVENT OR INTERMEDIATE FOR PRODUCTION OF QUINONES AND PYRAZINES, WILL BE EXPLORED. THESE PHASE I EFFORTS WILL ESTABLISH THE FEASIBLITY OF COMMERCIAL PRODUCTION; PHASE II RESEARCH WILL THEN FOCUS ON COMMERCIAL-SCALE REACTOR DESIGN, CONTINUOUS SEPARATION SCHEMES, AND SCALE-UP OF PROMISING APPLICATIONS FOR 2,3-PENTANEDIONE.

Principal Investigator:

Dr Prashant B Kokitkar
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Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Serentech Inc.
Po Box 27008 Lansing, MI 48909

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