STTR Phase I: Novel Membrane Reactors for Biosynthesis

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0637647
Agency Tracking Number: 0637647
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: MI
Solicitation Number: NSF 06-553
Small Business Information
DUNS: 808898894
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Stuart Nemser
 (302) 999-7996
Business Contact
 Nadine Lester
Title: PhD
Phone: (302) 999-7996
Research Institution
 GA Inst of Tech
 Andreas S Bommarius
 MARC, Room 380
Atlanta, GA, 19804 2401
 (404) 385-1334
 Nonprofit college or university
This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project is to develop a reactor for the processing of vegetable oils or their resulting fatty acids to sugar esters. The membrane reactor system is envisioned to be permeable to small molecules, hydrogen and water. The esterification of fatty acids and sugars will occur in a non-aqueous environment and the water level in the reactor will be controlled by membrane properties and transmembrane pressure. It is expected that high conversion to sugar esters can be obtained at low enzyme concentrations. Moreover, continuous operation of the reactor can result in high productivity.

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