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110010: Improved Method for Producing Acetoxypropanoic Acid (APA)

The increasing awareness of biodegradability and sustainability by customers creates opportunities for the biorenewable chemical industry. Biorenewable chemicals are expected to have a 25 percent share in the chemical industry (excluding fine chemicals) by the end of 2030. Description Michigan State University’s invention uses lactic acid, a...
Published: 7/21/2014   |   Inventor(s): Aspi Kolah, Lars Peereboom, Carl Lira, Dennis Miller, Mike Lilga, Karl Albrecht
Keywords(s): Acids, Acrylics, APA Formation, Reactive Distillation Category(s): Biotechnology, Energy

100046: Making Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) from Glycerol

Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) is used as an ingredient in sunless tanning products and in the food preparation industry. DHA’s skin coloring effect has also been examined to determine if it may benefit vitiligo patients (an uneven pigmentation of the skin); several DHA-containing products for this condition are now on the market. In recent years, the ...
Published: 7/21/2014   |   Inventor(s): Dennis Miller, Xi Hong, Carl Lira, Omar Mcgiveron
Keywords(s): DHA, Dihydroxyacetone, Glycerol Fermentation Category(s): Chemicals

090062: Improved Method for Succinic Acid Recovery

Succinic acid and other carboxylic acids have commercial relevance in the pharmaceutical, food, and polymer production industries, as well as in the manufacture of other industrial chemicals. Description MSU’s invention simplifies the process for the recovery of succinic acid from fermentation broths in the form of ethyl esters, which enables ...

070144: Improved Processes Production of Lower Cloud Point Biodiesel

Although the demand for biodiesel is rapidly growing internationally, production of the fuel has been plagued by quality related problems. This in turn has caused a lack of consumer confidence in biodiesel, compounded by continued competition with petroleum-based alternatives that are available at a better price point and higher quality. Althou...
Published: 7/21/2014   |   Inventor(s): Navinchandra Asthana, Dennis Miller, Carl Lira, Evan Bittner
Keywords(s): Biodiesel, Cloud Point, FAME, Fatty Acid Category(s): Chemicals, Energy, Agriculture

060096: High Yield Glycerol to Propylene Glycol Conversion Process

The increased production of biodiesel has resulted in a concomitant increased availability of glycerol, a byproduct of the production process. As a result the price of glycerol has experienced a sharp downward spiral. Challenges have confronted biodiesel producers who have pursued Glycerol conversion to the Propylene Glycol, a more desirable an...

050048: Process for Production of Higher Yield Low-Emission Biodiesel

Biodiesel is rapidly gaining market momentum as the next major biofuel for energy sustainability. Factors such as the recent spike in oil prices, the increasing environmental awareness of U.S. consumers and recent tax incentives have all spurred interest and rapid growth in biodiesel technologies in the U.S. However, according to the U.S. Depar...

040081: Process for the Preparation of Lactic Acid and Glyceric Acid

Michigan State University’s invention is a process for making lactic and glyceric acid. Aqueous solutions of hexose and pentose sugars, typically glucose or fructose, are digested in the presence of strong anionic exchange resins that act as solid bases. Lactic and glyceric anions form but are bound to the ion exchange resins. The spent sugar ...
Published: 7/21/2014   |   Inventor(s): James Jackson, Dennis Miller, Simona Marincean
Keywords(s): Bioplastic, Ethylene Glycol, Glyceric Acid, Lactic Acid, PLA, Polyol, Propylene Glycol Category(s): Chemicals, Materials

000013: Catalysts and Process for Hydrogenolysis of Sugar Alcohols to Polyols

Metal-catalyzed cleavage of polyols (MCCP) is a novel technology for preparing low molecular weight polyols such as ethylene glycol and propylene glycol from high molecular weight polyols. Specifically, MCCP is a novel route for breaking apart these sugars (C6 and C5) using a metal-catalyzed, alkaline cleavage of sugar alcohols to C3 compounds....
Published: 7/21/2014   |   Inventor(s): Shubham Chopade, Dennis Miller, James Jackson
Keywords(s): Bioplastic, Ethylene Glycol, Lactic Acid, PLA, Polyol, Propylene Glycol Category(s): Chemicals, Materials

980061: Condensed Phase Catalytic Hydrogenation of Lactic Acid to Propylene Glycol

Propylene glycol is a nontoxic chemical used in polymers production, as a nontoxic antifreeze, and in food, drink, cosmetic, and pharmaceutical applications. Propylene glycol is currently made commercially by high pressure and high temperature hydrolysis of propylene oxide. Description Michigan State University’s invention provides a low-cos...
Published: 7/21/2014   |   Inventor(s): Dennis Miller, Zhigang Zhang, James Jackson
Keywords(s): Biomass, Catalysis, Catalyst, Lactic Acid, Propylene Glycol Category(s): Biotechnology, Chemicals