Innovative Methods for the Conversion of Biomass to Short Chain Alkenes for the Production of Renewable Jet Fuels

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$70,000.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68335-11-C-0112
Agency Tracking Number:
N10B-047-0039
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
N10B-T047
Solicitation Number:
2010.B
Small Business Information
C5-6 Technologies
2905 Parmenter St, Middleton, WI, 53562-1614
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
785163101
Principal Investigator:
LauraLynn Kourtz
Senior Scientist
(608) 836-3587
lkourtz@c56technologies.com
Business Contact:
David Mead
CEO
(608) 831-9011
dmead@c56technologies.com
Research Institution:
University Wisconsin Stevens Point
Eric Singsaas
167 Trainer Natural Resources
800 Reserve St.
Stevens Point, WI, 54481-3897
(715) 346-4259
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
C5-6 Technologies and University of Wisconsin Stevens Point scientists will develop a bacterial strain that economically ferments sugars into isoprene, a platform chemical that will play a central role in the future bio-economy. UWSP scientists have genetically engineered E. coli to produce isoprene, a precursor of B-pinene and other fuels, via a novel pathway that has significant potential production yield. These have been used to produce isoprene from pulp mill sludge as a proof of concept. Billions of pounds of high sugar content pulp mill sludge are landfilled yearly. The present work is aimed at improving the conversion rate and efficiency of the UWSP process. Phase I of this research will test a codon-optimized synthetic operon containing all the elements of the pathway to over-produce isoprene in E. coli. A new genetic engineering tool will be used to accelerate the manipulation and optimization of this operon. Isoprene production rates and yields and gene expression data obtained from this study will be used to optimize the productivity of the organism and to develop a biorefinery based on the organism where pulp mill waste products are converted directly to commercially viable levels of isoprene for aviation fuel.

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