19 May 2010 23:35 [Source: ICIS news]
PHOENIX (ICIS news)--Researchers from Texas-based Rice University have identified the metabolic process that can convert glycerine into succinic acid using E.coli bacteria, lead researcher Ramon Gonzalez said on Wednesday.
The researchers engineered the E coli, which produced succinate by fermenting crude glycerine, said Gonzales.
Succinic acid is used in a variety of applications such as plastics, pharmaceutical intermediates and solvents.
“Given its availability and low prices, glycerol has become an ideal feedstock for fuel and chemical production via microbial fermentation,” Gonzalez said during a presentation at the American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS) meeting.
Gonzales and his team was also able to convert crude glycerine into 1,2 propanediol, ethanol and lactic acid using the Ecoli strain.
Gonzales said the technology was being licensed by start-up company Glycos Biotechnology (GlycosBio), based in ?xml:namespace>
GlycosBio announced on 4 May that it was building a biochemical plant in
Construction of the GlycosBio plant would begin in third quarter 2010 and would be completed in early 2012.
The AOCS meeting ran through Wednesday.
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