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Novel Biomass Conversion Process for Production of Butylenes

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2013 / 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 2
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Novel Biomass Conversion Process for Production of Butylenes
Agency: DOD
Contract: N68335-13-C-0174
Award Amount: $499,845.00


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 while reducing greenhouse gases impact. Technology Holding LLC in collaboration with Kansas State University proposes a novel process for biomass conversion to butylenes. Such olefins can be further converted to jet fuel by catalytic oligomerization. The proposed process combines two synergistic innovations of biochemical processing and further catalytic conversion. A robust culture is used to ferment biomass into 2,3-Butanediol followed by efficient catalytic conversion to butylenes. These butylenes will be further converted to oligomerized hydrocarbons to test the suitability of these hydrocarbons as jet fuel (JP5).

Principal Investigator:

Mukund Karanjikar
Program Manager
(281) 217-3471

Business Contact:

Raymond Miller
(801) 978-2176
Small Business Information at Submission:

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

EIN/Tax ID: 470871173
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Kansas State University
2 Fairchild Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-1103
Contact: Paul Lowe
Contact Phone: (785) 532-6804