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Engineered Strain for Bioconversion of Food Waste to Fuels

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-18-C-0078
Agency Tracking Number: A2-7202
Amount: $505,958.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A17A-T011
Solicitation Number: 17.A
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-09-28
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-09-28
Small Business Information
1515 West 2200 South Suite F
Salt Lake City, UT 84119
United States
DUNS: 829431076
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Mukund Karanjikar
 (801) 557-5923
Business Contact
 Anant Samudra
Phone: (801) 953-1047
Research Institution
 Rice University
 Heidi Thornton Heidi Thornton
6100 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005
United States

 (713) 348-6204
 Nonprofit College or University

The strain engineering effort will constitute development of a synthetic biology toolkit applicable for food waste conversion in clostridium. The engineered strain will enable high efficiency conversion of army food waste to fuel. The proposed project will scale up a clostridium based fermentation method to produce fuel from food waste. A batch reactor will be optimized. Overall techno-economic feasibility analysis will be performed to compare costs of manufacturing with traditional chemical processes. The proposed innovation will have commercial civilian applications. A dual commercialization strategy will be pursued.

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