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Title: Industrial Products from Biodiesel Glycerol

item Foglia, Thomas
item Ashby, Richard - Rick
item Wyatt, Victor
item Solaiman, Daniel

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/29/2006
Publication Date: 12/6/2006
Citation: Foglia, T.A., Ashby, R.D., Wyatt, V.T., Solaiman, D. 2006. Industrial Products from Biodiesel Glycerol [abstract]. International Symposium on Biocatalysis and Bioenergy. p. 36.

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Technical Abstract: The continual rise in demand for and cost of petroleum fuels has resulted in an increased demand for alternative fuels. This has resulted in a worldwide surge in the use of biodiesel, a renewable fuel derived from oils and fats, with world production projected to approach 1 billion gallons by the end of 2006. This rapid growth in biodiesel production, however, is accompanied by increased glycerol supplies, a major coproduct of biodiesel production. This increase in availability of glycerol, however, lowers its value and adversely impacts biodiesel economics. Accordingly, it is desirable to find new outlets for glycerol. To this end we have undertaken a dual approach program that utilizes glycerol from biodiesel production as 1) a fermentation feedstock for the microbial production of biodegradable polymers and surfactants; and 2) the chemical synthesis of glycerol-based hyperbranched polymers and/or reactive glycerol esters. In the first approach two distinct types of poly(hydroxyalkanoates) (bacterial polyesters) were produced by different strains of Pseudomonas grown on glycerol. Sophorolipid biosurfactants were produced by the yeast Candida bombicola using glycerol and a fat or oil as growth substrates. In the second approach, novel oligomeric prepolymers were synthesized by acid-catalyzed condensation of glycerol with iminodiacetic, azelaic, or succinic acid. Hyperbranching was evident in the oligomers produced when using azelaic acid and succinic acid as co-monomers with glycerol, whereas the reaction between iminodiacetic acid and glycerol resulted in linear products. Reactive glycerol esters were produced by converting free glycerol to acetoacetate and acrylate esters.