MIXED COMMUNITY BIOREACTORS TO CONVERT LIGNOCELLULOSIC FEEDSTOCKS INTO THE LIQUID BIOFUEL BUTANOL
Bioenergy Research Unit
Project Number: 5010-41000-133-02
Start Date: Aug 01, 2008
End Date: Aug 31, 2011
To evaluate pretreatment requirements and conversion efficiencies of lignocellulosic feedstocks into fermentation products using mixed culture bioreactors. Develop conversion technologies for conversion of fermentation acids into solvents (i.e., butanol).
Untreated and pretreated corn fiber will be fed to a mixed culture bioreactor that is optimized for the production of butyric acid. Product butyric acid will then be converted by solventogenic clostridia to produce fuel butanol.