SBIR Phase I: Effective Upgrading of Bio-Diesel Waste Stream

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0739912
Agency Tracking Number: 0739912
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: BT
Solicitation Number: NSF 00-144
Small Business Information
DUNS: 112437384
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mitrajit Mukherjee
 (973) 740-2350
Business Contact
 Mitrajit Mukherjee
Title: MS
Phone: (973) 740-2350
Research Institution
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will dramatically improve the economics of biodiesel production by efficiently converting the unrefined glycerol byproduct into a useful chemical, such as hydrogen. Biodiesel is a viable and rapidly growing addition to the nation's motor vehicle fuel supply. However, its production yields considerable amounts of a glycerol waste product. As the use of biodiesel continues to expand, the only currently available outlets for this product will be overwhelmed. The results from this project will provide significantly higher selectivity to hydrogen than currently available techniques and with a low energy input. The broader impacts (commercial potential) of this project (if successful) would be a reduction in the overall cost of production of biodiesel while also creating a source of carbon-neutral hydrogen for use in the production of other chemicals or clean fuels.

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