SBIR Phase II:Conversion of Biodiesel Glycerol to Xylitol Co-Product

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1026787
Agency Tracking Number: 0839752
Amount: $499,996.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: BC
Solicitation Number: NSF 08-548
Small Business Information
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Principal Investigator
 Ryan Woodyer
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Business Contact
 Ryan Woodyer
Phone: (312) 997-2150
Research Institution
This SBIR Phase II project will develop a method to convert the byproduct glycerol to a value-added co-product, xylitol, thereby helping to reduce the costs associated with biodiesel production. The anticipated result is a scalable process capable of converting crude glycerol to xylitol in a single step bioreactor process and a demonstrated method for recovery of the value-added product. The broader impact/commercial potential of the project will be to further biodiesel as a replacement for petrochemical diesel. Converting the main by-product of biodiesel production, glycerol, to a value-added product would improve the economics of biodiesel, while removing a waste stream and providing a reduction in price of the co-product. Xylitol itself also has beneficial societal impacts including anti-carcinogenic effects as a safe sweetener for diabetics, and it does not promote new cases of diabetes as some sweeteners are suspected of doing.

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