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Novel Biomass Conversion Process for Production of Butylenes

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Department of Defense
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2011 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Technology Holding, LLC
800 North 350 West #250 Salt Lake City, UT 84103-1441
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Novel Biomass Conversion Process for Production of Butylenes
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68335-11-C-0113
Award Amount: $99,863.00


The United States is currently faced with unprecedented energy challenge. Petroleum prices have skyrocketed due to rising competition for energy resources from emerging economies. There is a significant need for processes that can produce hydrocarbons from renewable resources rather than petroleum. The use of renewable resources ensures a long-term supply of hydrocarbons, even after easily extractable petroleum reserves are depleted. It also aids national security because domestic resources are used rather than petroleum. Biomass offers the potential for large-scale production of hydrocarbons. Technology Holding LLC in collaboration with Kansas State University proposes a novel process for biomass conversion to butylenes. The proposed process combines two synergistic innovations of biochemical processing to 2,3-Butanediol (2,3-BD) and further catalytic conversion to butylenes without separating 2,3-BD. The process utilizes a robust microbial culture for fermentation to 2,3-BD followed by dual stage bifunctional catalyst to enable 2,3-BD conversion to butylenes. During phase I, the proposing team will demonstrate the techno-economic feasibility of the proposed approach.

Principal Investigator:

Mukund Karanjikar
Program Manager
(281) 217-3471

Business Contact:

Raymond Miller
(801) 953-1047
Small Business Information at Submission:

Technology Holding, LLC
350 W 800 N Suite 250 Salt Lake City, UT -

EIN/Tax ID: 470871173
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Kansas State University
PreAward Services
2 Fairchild Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-1103
Contact: Paul Lowe
Contact Phone: (785) 532-6840