STTR Phase I: Novel Membrane Reactors for Biosynthesis

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$150,000.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
0637647
Agency Tracking Number:
0637647
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Compact Membrane Systems
325 WATER ST, 6745 HOLLISTER AVENUE, WILMINGTON, DE, 19804
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
808898894
Principal Investigator:
Stuart Nemser
Dr
(302) 999-7996
snemser@compactmembrane.com
Business Contact:
Nadine Lester
PhD
(302) 999-7996
nadine.lester@compactmembrane.com
Research Institution:
GA Inst of Tech
Andreas S Bommarius
MARC, Room 380
Atlanta, GA, 19804 2401
(404) 385-1334
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
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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