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Continuous In-Situ Removal of Butanol from Clostridium acetobutylicum Fermentations via Expanded-bed Adsorption

Abstract The use of petroleum for liquid-transportation fuels has strained the environment and caused the global crude oil reserves to diminish. Therefore, there exists a need to replace petroleum as the primary fuel derivative. Butanol is a four-carbon alcohol that can be used to effectively replace gasoline without changing the current automotive infrastructure. Additionally, butanol offers the same environmentally friendly effects as ethanol, but possess a 23% higher energy density. Clostridium acetobutylicum is an anaerobic bacterium that can ferment renewable biomass-derived sugars into butanol. However, this fermentation becomes limited by relatively low butanol concentrations (1.3% w/v), making this process uneconomical. To economically produ... (more)
Created Date 2013
Contributor Wiehn, Michael (Author) / Nielsen, David (Advisor) / Lin, Jerry (Committee member) / Lind, Mary Laura (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Chemical engineering
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 61 pages
Language English
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Note M.S. Chemical Engineering 2013
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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