Separation of Zein in a Dry-grind Ethanol Plant

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$79,991.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
2006-33610-16828
Agency Tracking Number:
2006-00448
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Membrane Technology and Research, Inc.
1360 Willow Road, Suite 103, Menlo Park, CA, 94025
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Ingo Pinnau
(650) 328-2228
ipin@mtrinc.com
Business Contact:
Elizabeth Weiss
Government Contracts Manager
(650) 543-3378
egweiss@mtrinc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
In the next few years, production of fuel-grade ethanol is expected to increase dramatically. The new ethanol production capacity will increase the supply-and decrease the price-of co-product streams. Zein is a potentially important co-product that could become interesting as a polymer raw material if it can be economically recovered. The purpose of this project--and the key breakthrough needed to make this process feasible--is to develop high flux, ultrafiltration membranes to economically separate and concentrate zein from ethanol/water extracts.

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