A polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) membrane was used in membrane-assisted extractive (MAE) fermentation of acetone-butanol-ethanol (ABE) by Clostridium saccharoperbutylacetonicum N1-4. The growth inhibition effects of 1-dodecanol, which has a high partition coefficient for butanol, can be prevented by employing 1-dodecanol as an extractant when using a PTFE membrane. Compared to conventional fermentation, MAE-ABE fermentation with 1-dodecanol decreased butanol inhibition and increased glucose consumption from 59.4 to 86.0g/L, and total butanol production increased from 16.0 to 20.1g/L. The maximum butanol production rate increased from 0.817 to 0.979g/L/h. The butanol productivity per membrane area was remarkably high with this system, i.e., 78.6g/L/h/m 2. Therefore, it is expected that this MAE fermentation system can achieve footprint downsizing.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Environmental Engineering
- Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
- Waste Management and Disposal