Bio-oil based biorefinery strategy for the production of succinic acid.

TitleBio-oil based biorefinery strategy for the production of succinic acid.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsWang C, Thygesen A, Liu Y, Li Q, Yang M, Dang D, Wang Z, Wan Y, Lin W, Xing J
JournalBiotechnology for biofuels
Date Published2013 May 8

BACKGROUND: Succinic acid is one of the key platform chemicals which can be produced via biotechnology process instead of petrochemical process. Biomass derived bio-oil have been investigated intensively as an alternative of diesel and gasoline fuels. Bio-oil could be fractionized into organic phase and aqueous phase parts. The organic phase bio-oil can be easily upgraded to transport fuel. The aqueous phase bio-oil (AP-bio-oil) is of low value. There is no report for its usage or upgrading via biological methods. In this paper, the use of AP-bio-oil for the production of succinic acid was investigated. RESULTS: The transgenic E. coli strain could grow in modified M9 medium containing 20 v/v% AP-bio-oil with an increase in OD from 0.25 to 1.09. And 0.38 g/L succinic acid was produced. With the presence of 4 g/L glucose in the medium, succinic acid concentration increased from 1.4 to 2.4 g/L by addition of 20 v/v% AP-bio-oil. When enzymatic hydrolysate of corn stover was used as carbon source, 10.3 g/L succinic acid was produced. The obtained succinic acid concentration increased to 11.5 g/L when 12.5 v/v% AP-bio-oil was added. However, it decreased to 8 g/L when 50 v/v% AP-bio-oil was added. GC-MS analysis revealed that some low molecular carbon compounds in the AP-bio-oil were utilized by E. coli. CONCLUSIONS: The results indicate that AP-bio-oil can be used by E. coli for cell growth and succinic acid production.

Alternate JournalBiotechnol Biofuels