PRODUCTION OF MALEIC ANHYDRIDE FROM A FERMENTATION FEEDSTOCK

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$49,871.00
Award Year:
1991
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
14429
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Grand River Technologies Inc
40400 Ann Arbor Road East, Suite 205, Plymouth, MI, 48170
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Joel I. Dulebohn
Principal Investigator
() -
Business Contact:
(313) 453-3229
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
RENEWABLE RESOURCES OFTEN POSSESS LESS INTRINSIC FUNCTIONALITY AS COMPARED WITH CHEMICAL FEEDSTOCKS OBTAINED FROM FOSSIL FUELS. ONE PARTICULAR FUNCTIONALITY OF SIGNIFICANT COMMERCIAL INTEREST IS THE PRESENCE OF UNSATURATION, OR, MORE SPECIFICALLY, CARBON-CARBON DOUBLE BONDS. THE COMMODITY OXYCHEMICAL MALEIC ANHYDRIDE IS TO BE PRODUCED FROM A FERMENTATION-DERIVED FEEDSTOCK AS AN EXAMPLEOF DEHYDROGENATION THAT FORMS SUCH DOUBLE BONDS. AN EFFICIENT, ECONOMIC PROCESS HAS BEEN DEVELOPED TO PRODUCE SUCCINIC ACID BY FERMENTATION OF RENEWABLE RESOURCES. PHASEI RESEARCH AIMS TO DEVELOP A CHEMICAL CATALYTIC PROCESS FOR DEHYDROGENATION OF SUCCINIC ANHYDRIDE TO MALEIC ANHYDRIDE. WHILE IMPORTANT FOR PRODUCTION OF MALEIC ANHYDRIDE, THE TECHNIQUES DEVELOPED SHOULD ALSO HAVE APPLICATIONS IN OTHER COMMERCIALLY VIABLE CHEMICAL PROCESSES.

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