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
Contract: N68335-11-C-0112
Agency Tracking Number: N10B-047-0039
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N10B-T047
Solicitation Number: 2010.B
Small Business Information
2905 Parmenter St, Middleton, WI, 53562-1614
DUNS: 785163101
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 LauraLynn Kourtz
 Senior Scientist
 (608) 836-3587
 lkourtz@c56technologies.com
Business Contact
 David Mead
Title: CEO
Phone: (608) 831-9011
Email: 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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