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Ironic Chemicals 2019-07-10T20:57:05+00:00

Project Description

Ironic Chemicals

Chemicals and fuels from electricity to CO2

Ironic ChemicalsCo-Principal Investigator – Alan West
Co-Principal Investigator – Scott Banta
Entrepreneurial Lead – Tim Kernan
Entrepreneurial Lead – Xiaozheng

The Project

Alan West and Scott Banta have a means of producing fuels and chemicals from dilute CO2 and electricity. The process eliminates the need for crop-derived feedstocks, is scalable, and may allow a means of monetizing excess, intermittent electrical capacity. While the long-term market may be fuels, in the intermediate term we will focus on more valuable chemicals, with a goal of partnering to develop a large pilot facility. The short term focus will be on establishing a “minimal viable product,” which is a small-scale process integrating the key steps and containing a robust strain of the organism.

This team recently received a $500K award from the DOE to work with a mining partner to investigate the value of the technology for biomining. The team also received a $150K NSF Phase 1 STTR award in December 2016.


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