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Research Project: Improvements to Quality-Related Limitations to Market Growth of Biodiesel and Renewable Hydrocarbon Diesel Produced From Low-Value Feedstocks

Location: Sustainable Biofuels and Co-products Research

Project Number: 8072-41000-112-01-N
Project Type: Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Oct 4, 2018
End Date: Oct 3, 2023

Objective:
This agreement sets the terms and understanding between Delaware State University and USDA-ARS Eastern Regional Research Center (ERRC) with regard to cooperative participation in the research program of our graduate students toward MS and PhD works that fit within the program goals of USDA-ARS ERRC and Delaware State University. The partnership between these two institutions will serve to address the following research objective including, a) the synthesis and characterization of S-bearing compounds previously identified in the matrix of biodiesel produced from trap grease and other low value feedstocks, b) the evaluation of antimicrobial properties and toxicity of synthesized S-bearing compounds, c) the effect of producing renewable diesel with various volumes and concentrations of brown (trap or scum) grease added, and/or d) the effects of branched-chain fatty acids to be used as low-temperature improvers in biodiesel.

Approach:
Delaware State University’s purpose and responsibility will be, a) to conduct research on biofuels and co-products involving the synthesis and characterization of S-bearing compounds previously identified in the matrix of biodiesel produced from trap grease and other low value feedstocks, b) to evaluate the antimicrobial properties and toxicity of synthesized S-bearing compounds, c) to investigate the effect of producing renewable diesel with various volumes and concentrations of brown (trap or scum) grease added, and/or d) to study the effects of branched-chain fatty acids on the low-temperature properties in biodiesel. The data collected and outcomes of research will be made available to the USDA-ARS Eastern Regional Research Center (ERRC). Additionally, materials and resources created from this work will be openly shared. USDA-ARS Eastern Regional Research Center’s purpose and responsibility will be to support the research. This includes welcoming the Delaware State University research team into the USDA-ARS ERRC research laboratory to conduct research and collect data, analyze the data following obtaining necessary permissions for recording and data collection following USDA-ARS ERRC protocols. Reporting: The primary investigator (PI) from Delaware State University will adhere to the reporting guidelines outlined in the USDA-ARS ERRC protocol, and both Delaware State University and USDA-ARS ERRC will evaluate and approve reports before they are submitted for publication(s) and dissertation. Funding: This agreement is not a commitment of funds. There will be no transfer of funds for this project but Delaware State University is responsible for the students’ stipends, tuition, and other students’ travel related expenses. USDA-ARS ERRC will provide all necessary supplies, materials, space and access to laboratory equipment.