Enzymatic digestion of microalgal biomass for lipid, sugar and protein recovery

Project ID: D2013-77

Background

The rising concern around the sustainability of petrochemicals are prompting searches for more environmentally friendly and inexpensive feedstocks. Bio-based alternatives are attractive, but also require microbial fermentation. Enzyme hydrolysis is a promising way to reduce the cost of the pretreatment process.

Invention Description

Researchers at the University of Toledo have developed a way to make bio-based products from microalgae. The feedstock is treated with protease and amylase which separates the biomass into an organic phase containing lipids and an aqueous phase containing solids, carbohydrates, and peptides. Further processing can produce desirable products, such as the platform chemical succinate.

Applications

  • Enzymatic hydrolysis for converting algae into monomeric sugars
  • Produces valuable chemicals, such as succinate and its derivatives 1,4-butanediol, ethylene diamine disuccinate, adipic acid

Advantages

  • Cost effective and requiring less energy compared to mechanical disruption, thermolysis, microwave, or sonication
  • Release of lipids and the breakdown of polysaccharides into sugars can be done in a single step
  • Does not require drying algae, free cysteine, or acid digestion
  • Milder conditions compared to acid hydrolysis

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IP Status:                    Issued US 10,752,924 and 11,104,920; JP 6595999 and 6876765;

                                                EU 3039150; AU 2017245362

Website

http://utoledo.technologypublisher.com/technology/48600

Contact Information

TTO Home Page: http://utoledo.technologypublisher.com

Name: Katherine Pollard

Title: Licensing Associate

Department: Technology Transfer

Email: katherine.pollard@utoledo.edu

Phone: 419-530-6228