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Curr Opin Biotechnol. 2000 Dec;11(6):540-6.

Biodesulfurization and the upgrading of petroleum distillates.

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Enchira Biotechnology Corporation, 4200 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77381, USA. dmonticello@enchira.com

Abstract

Biotechnology offers an alternative way to process fossil fuels. There have been several important advances in the elucidation of the mechanisms of biodesulfurization and the development of a biocatalytic desulfurization process. These include a detailed analysis of the rate and extent of desulfurization of real target molecules in a diesel matrix, the directed evolution of rate- and extent-limiting enzymes for better performance and the expression of the genes in alternative hosts. Process innovations include new reactor designs, separations and recovery strategies and the production of value-added byproducts during desulfurization.

PMID:
11102787
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