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Mesoporous Carbon Nanospheres for the Continuous Production/Extraction of High Value Fatty Acids from Algae
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For Information, Contact:
Jack Hartwigsen
Commercialization & Marketing Manager
515-294-4740
licensing@iastate.edu
Web Published:
2/3/2016
ISURF #
3617
Development Stage:
Description:
The technology involves the use of specialized mesoporous carbon nanospheres (MCN) for the selective extraction of high value fatty acids produced by algae in culture. The process allows for the removal of the oil form the algae and the selective sequestration of the oils in the MCN and does not cause terminally detrimental effects to the algal cells therefore allowing the process to be continuous. Current methods for extraction involve drying, grinding and resuspension of the biomass which results in the destruction of the algal cells. The new technology allows for the selective sequestration of the algal oils in a manner that is non-toxic and far less expensive. Once sequestered, the fatty acids and oils can be removed from the MCN’s by simple washing and easily converted to high value products.

Advantage:
• Drastic cost reduction
• Non-toxic
• Fast and continuous
• Convertible to biofuels

Application:
Production of high value fatty acids and conversion to biofuels
Patent Information:
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