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Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Reactors to Produce Low Trans Fat Oils

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2007-33610-18543
Agency Tracking Number: 2006-00374
Amount: $346,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2007
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
3850 Research Park Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Pu Zhang
 Research Scientist
 (734) 213-1637
Business Contact
 Maria Thompson
Title: President & CEO
Phone: (734) 213-1637
Research Institution

This Small Business Innovation Research Phase II program will advance the use of polymer
electrolyte membrane (PEM) reactors to produce hydrogenated edible vegetable oils with low
trans fatty acid (TFA) content. Successful completion of this program could lead to reduced
incidence of coronary heart disease as a consequence of the availability of healthy, low-cost
hydrogenated oils. The technology is based on a recent demonstration by Pintauro and coworkers
of a new electrochemical process that substantially reduces the amount of TFA formed
during oil hydrogenation. In this program, T/J Technologies, Inc. will further develop innovative
electrocatalysts and membrane electrode assemblies to increase the hydrogenation rate and
selectivity, and improve the durability of state-of-the-art reactors. These advances will increase
the hydrogenation efficiency, limit total saturated fat content, and bring the cost of
electrochemical hydrogenation into line with conventional processes. The Phase II program will
also focus on larger scale system design and optimization to demonstrate the commercial
viability of this technology. During the Phase III effort, system demonstration and scale-up will
be carried out to advance development and demonstrate economic.
The direct product from the program will be electrocatalysts and membrane electrode
assemblies designed for oil hydrogenation, and process licenses to use this technology. The
customers will be edible oil process equipment and catalyst manufacturers, and food processing

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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