Biotechnology Letters

, Volume 32, Issue 3, pp 331–339

Recovery of succinic acid from fermentation broth



Succinic acid is of high interest as bio-feedstock for the chemical industry. It is a precursor for a variety of many other chemicals, e.g. 1,4-butandiol, tetrahydrofuran, biodegradable polymers and fumaric acid. Besides optimized production strains and fermentation processes it is indispensable to develop cost-saving and energy-effective downstream processes to compete with the current petrochemical production process. Various methods such as precipitation, sorption and ion exchange, electrodialysis, and liquid–liquid extraction have been investigated for the recovery of succinic acid from fermentation broth and are reviewed critically here.


Electrodialysis Ion exchange Precipitation Reactive extraction Succinic acid 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Biochemical EngineeringTechnische Universität MünchenGarchingGermany

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