SBIR Phase I: Novel process technology to convert paper-mill solidwaste into useful bioproducts

SBIR Phase I: Novel process technology to convert paper-mill solidwaste into useful bioproducts

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1520363
Agency Tracking Number: 1520363
Amount: $149,700.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2015
Solicitation Year: 2015
Solicitation Topic Code: CT
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
184 Remington Ave 6-6, Syracuse, NY, 13210
DUNS: 078884984
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Bhavin Bhayani
 (315) 212-1159
 bhavin.bhayani@ymail.com
Business Contact
 Bhavin Bhayani
Phone: (315) 212-1159
Email: bhavin.bhayani@ymail.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The broader impact/commercial potential of this Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project is to use the waste fiber rejects from paper mills to make bioproducts and thus improve the sustainability of the paper industry. Paper mills currently landfill waste solids for anywhere between $20-60/ton*; This project proposes a process to convert paper mill waste it into fermentable sugars that can be converted to downstream commercial products, including biofuels and bioplastics. The proposed process not only provides greener, degradable and economical alternatives but also sustainable ones by using a resource that is currently being landfilled. The objective of this Phase I research project is to saccharify waste rejects from recycled containerboard mills. The presence of inhibitors requires the hydrolysis to be carried out in a process that negates their impact. Also the removal of these inhibitors from the hydrolyzate will increase the fermentability of sugars to economically produce various biochemicals including biofuels and bioplastics. Due to presence of several inhibitors finding a technically viable and economically feasible option is a major challenge. Expected results from this study will provide optimal process operational windows for yields, purity and downstream bioconversion efficacy, in terms of the independent variables including process time, temperature, solution chemistry, biomass concentration and enzyme application technology

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

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