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Catalytic bioreactors and methods of using same

United States Patent

9,714,404
July 25, 2017
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Various embodiments provide a bioreactor for producing a bioproduct comprising one or more catalytically active zones located in a housing and adapted to keep two incompatible gaseous reactants separated when in a gas phase, wherein each of the one or more catalytically active zones may comprise a catalytic component retainer and a catalytic component retained within and/or thereon. Each of the catalytically active zones may additionally or alternatively comprise a liquid medium located on either side of the catalytic component retainer. Catalytic component may include a microbial cell culture located within and/or on the catalytic component retainer, a suspended catalytic component suspended in the liquid medium, or a combination thereof. 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
20140187826
March 6, 2014
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT RIGHTS 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.