Separation of Zein in a Dry-grind Ethanol Plant
In the next few years, production of fuel-grade ethanol is expected to increase dramatically. The new ethanol production capacity will increase the supply-and decrease the price-of co-product streams. Zein is a potentially important co-product that could become interesting as a polymer raw material if it can be economically recovered. The purpose of this project--and the key breakthrough needed to make this process feasible--is to develop high flux, ultrafiltration membranes to economically separate and concentrate zein from ethanol/water extracts.
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Elizabeth G. Weiss
Government Contracts Manager
Membrane Technology and Research, Inc.
1360 Willow Road, Suite 103 Menlo Park, CA 94025
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