STTR Phase I: Novel Membrane Reactors for Biosynthesis

Period of Performance: 01/01/2007 - 12/31/2007


Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

Compact Membrane Systems, Inc.
Firm POC
Principal Investigator

Research Institution

Georgia Institute of Technology
225 North Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30332
Institution POC


This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project is to develop a reactor for the processing of vegetable oils or their resulting fatty acids to sugar esters. The membrane reactor system is envisioned to be permeable to small molecules, hydrogen and water. The esterification of fatty acids and sugars will occur in a non-aqueous environment and the water level in the reactor will be controlled by membrane properties and transmembrane pressure. It is expected that high conversion to sugar esters can be obtained at low enzyme concentrations. Moreover, continuous operation of the reactor can result in high productivity.