Biolamina Plate Bioreactor

Summary

 

Technology Description

 

This technology includes bioreactor devices capable of converting organic species into fuels using microchannel technology combined with bio-lamina substrates modified with biologically active materials. The reactor is comprised of lamina each containing an encapsulated biofilm that carries out a desired conversion reaction. This architecture overcomes mass transfer and diffusion limitations to make the process highly scalable by “numbering up” the biolamina reactors.

 

Features & Benefits

 

  • Scalable
  • Efficient

 

Applications

 

  • Conversion of waste gases to fuels
  • Production of value-added feedstocks

 

Background of Invention

 

Catalytically converting different organic species into fuels or valuable feedstocks provides an effective method for producing useful materials from simple starting materials (i.e., methane). Conventional methods to produce fuels and energy sources from organic precursors typically require using devices that are not commercially scalable due to cost restrictions, operational restrictions, and yield restrictions. For example, conventional chemostat fermenters typically cannot be produced on the scale needed to achieve suitable fuel amounts in commercial applications. A need therefore exists in the art for a device that can produce commercially-viable amounts of fuels without a corresponding increase in cost and complexity.

 

 

 

 

 

Status

 

Provisional patent application filed

 

Patent Information:
Tech ID:
OSU-15-01
Contact:
David Dickson
IP & Licensing Manager
Oregon State University
541-737-3450
david.dickson@oregonstate.edu
Inventors:
Goran Jovanovic
Karl Schilke
Frederick Atadana
Chris Loeb
Keywords:
Agriculture
Biofuels
Biological & Environmental Engineering
Biomechanics
Biotechnology
Gas-to-Liquid Technology
Pharmaceuticals
Process Intensification
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