Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Faculty Research

Title

Purification of Arabitol from Fermentation Broth of Debaryomyces Hansenii Using Glycerol as Substrate

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Spring 2012

Abstract

Arabitol has many potential industrial applications and it can be produced by fermentation from glycerol, a major byproduct of biodiesel industry. This work aims at developing a new process for collecting and purifying arabitol from the broth of osmophilicDebaryomyces hansenii containing arabitol, unconsumed glycerol, and other minor impurities. RESULTS: The process developed and optimized in this study had the following steps: first, the broth supernatant was treated with 8 g L−1 activated carbon at 30°C and pH 6 for removal of colored organics and some impurities. Then glycerol was selectively removed by acetone extraction at 30°C. The acetone amount was optimized according to the measured solubility data of simulative glycerol-xylitol-acetone systems and real fermentation broth. The glycerol-removed remainder was next extracted for arabitol with butanol (90% of supernatant volume) at 90 °C. White arabitol crystals were collected from the cooled butanol extract. The overall recovery and purity of arabitol crystals were 66% and 95%, respectively.

Volume

88

Issue

8

First Page

1514

Last Page

1522