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Efficient isomer-selective biosynthesis of pinene from cellulosic feedstocks

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
N10B-046-0004
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
N10B-T046
Solicitation Number:
2010.B
Small Business Information
Physical Sciences Inc.
20 New England Business Center Andover, MA 01810-1077
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Efficient isomer-selective biosynthesis of pinene from cellulosic feedstocks
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68335-11-C-0175
Award Amount: $99,961.00
 

Abstract:

There is a need to find more efficient methods for producing high-density, liquid, tactical fuels for use in missile propulsion or as components to improve key performance characteristics of currently available jet and diesel fuels. Generation of such fuels from renewable sources such as waste cellulose, grasses, waste agricultural material and forestry products will provide important national security benefits as compared with the use of raw petroleum products a large fraction of which are imported. In addition renewable feedstocks yield important environmental and potential cost benefits. PSI, in collaboration with Dr. Michael Henson's laboratory at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, proposes to develop an efficient process for bioconversion of cellulosic biomass to high purity alpha- or beta-pinene precursors for high-density, liquid tactical fuel. Our approach will yield high-purity alpha- or beta-pinene isomers in a scalable process. Phase I research will demonstrate proof-of-concept for development of bioengineered strains and fermentation processes for efficient production of beta-pinene from cellulosic materials without pretreatment. Phase II research will continue with additional genetic modification of the beta-pinene producing microbe with a goal of increasing efficiency of beta-pinene production and eliminating undesired products and will include scale-up for pilot production.

Principal Investigator:

Anthony Ferrante
Group Leader, Biological
(978) 689-0003
ferrante@psicorp.com

Business Contact:

B. Green
President and CEO
(978) 689-0003
green@psicorp.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Physical Sciences Inc.
20 New England Business Center Andover, MA -

EIN/Tax ID: 042517090
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Massachusetts
70 Butterfield Terrace
Amherst, MA 01003-9242
Contact: Carol P. Sprague
Contact Phone: (413) 545-0698