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Moisture Displacement and Simultaneous Migration of Surface-Functionalized Algae from Water to an Extraction Solvent Using Ionic Polyelectrolytes

United States Patent Application

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This invention is in the field of micro-organism and algal cell processing. The invention relates to a method of maximizing migration of micro-organism and/or algal cells to a solvent fraction while simultaneously displacing water in a separate fraction and subsequent extraction of hydrophobic products from the organisms. The invention further relates to a method of sequestration of protein from an aqueous phase to an organic solvent.
Fernando, Sandun D. (College Station, TX), Gejji, Varun M. (Pune, IN)
15/ 457,650
March 13, 2017
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENTAL SUPPORT [0002] This invention was made with government support awarded by the United States Department of Energy (USDOE) through National. Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts (NAABB) (Grant NumberDE-EE0003046). The government has certain rights in the invention.