NBB honors Rice University for innovative glycerin research

By | June 15, 2010
The NBB, along with the Soap and Detergent Association, presented the 2010 Glycerin Innovation Award during the Annual Meeting & Expo of the American Oil Chemists' Society to Ramon Gonzalez, a professor in the chemical and biomolecular engineering and bioengineering departments at Rice University in Houston.

Escherichia coli-E. coli for short-is often identified as a bacterium that contributes to foodborne illness. Gonzalez and his team of researchers found ways to use a safe nonpathogenic E. coli to convert glycerin into high-value fuels and chemicals. They identified the metabolic processes and conditions that allow a known strain of E. coli to convert glycerin, a byproduct of biodiesel production, into ethanol.

The SDA/NBB Glycerin Innovation Award recognizes outstanding achievement for research into new applications for glycerin, with particular emphasis on commercial viability.

"Finding new, value-added uses for sustainable glycerin will help improve biodiesel profitability and lower costs for the first commercial advanced biofuel-biodiesel," said Steve Howell, NBB technical director.

The NBB worked with the Soap and Detergent Association to promote and recognize new uses for glycerin.
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