David A. Mullin, Ph.D.
     Harshad R. Velankar, Ph.D.


Intellectual Property

  • PCT/US2011/47372



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     Gregory Scott Stein
     Licensing Associate


Production of Butanol From Cellulosic Feedstocks (printable)


Tulane University is actively seeking commercial entities to further develop and commercialize a novel method of acetone-butanol-ethanol (ABE) fermentation that provides high yields and reduces production costs.




  • Gasoline substitute
  • Solvent
  • Starting product for synthesis of organic compounds



  • Cellulosic feedstocks may be obtained from agricultural waste products
  • Utilizes aerotolerant bacteria, which reduces handling and management costs and increases yields
  • Overall reduced costs
  • Existing ethanol production units may be retrofitted to this system
  • No need to pre-treat or prepare the cellulosic feedstock

Development Status

This technology has been tested extensively with promising lab results at small scales. Laboratory work to optimize the process for higher yields is ongoing. Development of a large scale production method is also ongoing.

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000