Enhanced dibenzothiophene biodesulfurization in a microchannel reactor
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A microchannel reactor system was used in a biodesulfurization process in which the rate of biodesulfurization in the oil/water phase of the microchannel reaction was more than nine-fold that in a batch (control) reaction. In addition, the microchannel reaction system using a bacterial cell suspension degraded alkylated dibenzothiophene that was not degraded by the batch reaction system. This work provides a foundation for the application of a microchannel reactor system consisting of biological catalysts using an oil/water phase reaction.
KeywordsBiodesulfurization Microchannel Rhodococcus Dibenzothiophene
This work was supported in part by the Special Coordination Funds from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan. We thank all the staff of the Bio-Microdevice Department for their helpful discussions and advice.
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