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CATALYTIC BIOREACTORS AND METHODS OF USING SAME

United States Patent Application

20140187826
A1
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Various embodiments provide a bioreactor for producing a bioproduct comprising a housing; and one or more catalytically active zones located in the housing and adapted to keep two incompatible gaseous reactants separated when in a gas phase, wherein each of said catalytically active zone comprises a catalytic component retainer and a catalytic component retained within and/or on the catalytic component retainer. Each of said catalytically active zones may additionally or alternatively comprise a liquid medium located on either side of the catalytic component retainer and the catalytic component may additionally or alternatively be a suspended catalytic component suspended in a liquid medium located on either side of the catalytic component retainer. Methods of using various embodiments of the bioreactor to produce a bioproduct, such as isobutanol, are also provided.
WORDEN, Robert Mark (Holt, MI), LIU, Yangmu Chloe (East Lansing, MI)
BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY (East Lansing MI)
14/ 199,714
March 6, 2014
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT RIGHTS [0002] This invention was made with government support under DE-AR0000056 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.