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Title: Use of cereal grains as binder for a charcoal matrix

item Imam, Syed
item Chiou, Bor-Sen
item Orts, William
item Glenn, Gregory - Greg

Submitted to: Final CRADA Report
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/26/2008
Publication Date: 5/26/2008
Citation: Imam, S.H., Chiou, B., Orts, W.J., Glenn, G.M., Clorox Services, C. Use of cereal grains as binder for a charcoal matrix. Final CRADA Report. CRADA Invention: A Joint Patent in Clorox is being written.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: This invention describes the use of cereal grains in charcoal formulations for use as a binder. These binders are considerably more effective than any other binder(s), chemicals, or their combination that is currently being utilized in the commercial production of charcoal. Current binders used in the charcoal manufacturing are becoming increasingly expensive, and requires a pretreatment step. Cereal grains are functionally superior and due to their limited industrial applications are comparatively cost-effective and abundantly available. Both, the green strength (wet) and dry strength of the final product are much superior to current binders currently in use Developing new uses of agricultural crops will enhance rural development, and will improve the rural economy directly benefiting American Farmers. Utilization of cereals from renewable resources as a substitute binder in charcoal formulations would provide substantial cost-saving for charcoal manufacturers and would benefit consumers in general.