Journal article

Selective Extraction of Medium-Chain Carboxylic Acids by Electrodialysis and Phase Separation

Paula Andrea Hernandez, Miaomiao Zhou, Igor Vassilev, Stefano Freguia, Yang Zhang, Jurg Keller, Pablo Ledezma, Bernardino Virdis

ACS OMEGA | AMER CHEMICAL SOC | Published : 2021


Carboxylic acids obtained via the microbial electrochemical conversion of waste gases containing carbon dioxide (i.e., microbial electrosynthesis) can be used in lieu of nonrenewable building-block chemicals in the manufacture of a variety of products. When targeting valuable medium-chain carboxylic acids such as caproic acid, electricity-driven fermentations can be limited by the accumulation of fermentation products in the culturing media, often resulting in low volumetric productivities and titers due to direct toxicity or inhibition of the biocatalyst. In this study, we tested the effectiveness of a simple electrodialysis system in upconcentrating carboxylic acids from a model solution m..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council (ARC)

Awarded by ARC

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) through Discovery Project DP160102308 (Keller, Virdis). P.A.H. acknowledges the financial support of the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP). P.L. acknowledges the ECR Development Fellowship from The University of Queensland. B.V. acknowledges the support of the ARC through grant FL170100086.