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Method for enhancing microbial utilization rates of gases using perfluorocarbons

United States Patent

5,637,499
June 10, 1997
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A method of enhancing the bacterial reduction of industrial gases using perfluorocarbons (PFCs) is disclosed. Because perfluorocarbons (PFCs) allow for a much greater solubility of gases than water does, PFCs have the potential to deliver gases in higher concentrations to microorganisms when used as an additive to microbial growth media thereby increasing the rate of the industrial gas conversion to economically viable chemicals and gases.
Turick; Charles E. (Idaho Falls, ID)
Lockheed Idaho Technologies Company (Idaho Falls, ID)
08/ 544,219
October 17, 1995
CONTRACTUAL ORIGIN OF THE INVENTION The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC07-76ID01570 between the United States Department of Energy and EG&G Idaho, Inc., now Contract No. DE-AC07-94ID13223 between Lockheed Idaho Technologies Company and the United States Department of Energy.