Gluconobacter suboxydans IFO 3290 was immobilized by adsorption on ceramic honeycomb monolith, and continuous production of free gluconic acid from 100 g/l glucose was carried out in one- and three-stage monolith reactors. Further oxidation of gluconic acid to keto-gluconic acid by the immobilized cells has been found to be more suppressed in the three-stage monolith reactor. This finding can be explained by the fact that, with the three-stage reactor, the opportunity to oxidize gluconic acid further was decreased because the residence time of the reaction mixture at glucose conversion above the threshold value was shorter.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology