STTR PHASE I: Ultra-High Efficiency Biodiesel Manufacturing

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0740148
Agency Tracking Number: 0740148
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: EO
Solicitation Number: NSF 07-551
Small Business Information
Advanced Materials and Processes
104 Inwood Drive, San Marcos, TX, 78666
DUNS: 167660773
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Massingill
 PhD
 (512) 557-7461
 jlm@grandecom.net
Business Contact
 John Massingill
Title: PhD
Phone: (512) 557-7461
Email: jlm@grandecom.net
Research Institution
 Texas State University - San Marcos
 Sreenivasulu R Venumbaka
 Centennial Hall 340
601 University Dr.
San Marcos, TX, 78666
 (512) 245-2672
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This Small Business Technology Transfer Phase I project research seeks to change the paradigm that chemical reactions need mechanical mixing. Innovative Fiber Reactors (FR) offer a 100X change in efficiency of chemical and biochemical manufacturing while eliminating dispersions. This research focuses on biodiesel transesterification and esterification reactions. Biodiesel plants convert fats/oils to biodiesel with many reactors and centrifuges. The need for this complexity is due to poor mass transfer between oil and methanol, poor reaction rates, and poor phase separation due to the by-product soaps. The FR will improve mass transfer and eliminate soap dispersion to thereby reduce the cost of biodiesel. This project will demonstrate feasibility of energy savings and process intensification in biodiesel manufacturing using a high-throughput, continuous static reactor and wash. The broader impacts of this research will include advances in covalent reactor technology applicable to other chemical reactions, improved consumer economics, reduced environmental pollution, reduced greenhouse gases, and improved fuel security for the Nation. Commercial fiber reactor technology would be applicable to pharmaceutical and specialty chemical manufacturing and would provide similar benefits to those industries. This project will impact the production costs to potentially enable more cost effective energy production.

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