Enhanced mass transfer rate and solubility of methane via addition of alcohols for Methylosinus trichosporium OB3b fermentation

Kim K., Kim Y., Yang J., Ha K., USTA H., Lee J., ...More

JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL AND ENGINEERING CHEMISTRY, vol.46, pp.350-355, 2017 (SCI-Expanded) identifier


The effect of alcohol on methane-water volumetric mass transfer coefficient (1(0) and solubility of methane was investigated in this study. Various alcohols including methanol, ethanol, 1-propanol, butanol, and pentanol were added to aqueous solution and enhancement of both methane-water k(L)a (from 72h(-1) to 471 h(-1)) and solubility (from 21.72 mg/L to 30.41 mg/L) was observed, depending on alcohol type and concentration. Among all alcohols, 1-propanol exhibited largest enhancement via bubble coalescence inhibition effect. Enhanced methane-water kLa and methane solubility in aqueous solution were employed for the fermentation of Methylosinus trichosporium OB3b, and cell growth rate and maximum optical density were increased by 700% and 730%, respectively, by addition of 1-propanol. (C) 2016 The Korean Society of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.