Biotechnology Letters

, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 225–228 | Cite as

Ethanol production from sucrose by immobilizedZymomonas mobilis cells in polyurethane foam

  • G. Amin
  • Horst W. Doelle
  • Paul F. Greenfield


The possibility of using polyurethane foam as a support for the immobilization ofZymomonas mobilis cells to carry out sucrose conversion to ethanol was investigated. Sucrose hydrolysis efficiencies of 90% and higher, volumetric reactor productivity of 20 gL−1h−1 and final ethanol concentration of 6.3% (v/v) at a dilution rate of 0.4 h−1 show the good performance of polyurethane foams for whole cell immobilization.


Hydrolysis Sucrose Foam Organic Chemistry Immobilization 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Amin
    • 1
  • Horst W. Doelle
    • 1
  • Paul F. Greenfield
    • 2
  1. 1.Biotechnology Unit, Department of MicrobiologyUniversity of QueenslandSt. Lucia
  2. 2.Department of Chemical EngineeringUniveristy of QueenslandSt. Lucia

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