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

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$499,996.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
1026787
Agency Tracking Number:
0839752
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
A7
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
zuChem, Inc.
2225 W Harrison St, Suite F, Suite FChicago, IL, 60612
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
126677041
Principal Investigator:
Ryan Woodyer
(312) 997-2150
rwoodyer@zuchem.com
Business Contact:
Ryan Woodyer
(312) 997-2150
rwoodyer@zuchem.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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