Production of microbial lipids utilizing volatile fatty acids derived from wastepaper: A biorefinery approach for biodiesel production


Volatile fatty acids (VFAs) derived from organic wastes are being considered as low-cost feedstock for microbial lipid production as a valuable alternative to plant derived oils/biodiesel. In this study, VFAs were produced from anaerobic open culture fermentation of wastepaper and subsequently, used as a feedstock for lipid production by Cryptococcus curvatus. Total VFAs, yield and productivity achieved from waste office paper (WOP) and waste newspaper (WNP) were 17.3 and 10.2 g/L, 0.17 and 0.10 g/g TS, and 0.86 and 0.51 g/L/day, respectively. Biomass, lipid content and productivity achieved utilizing VFAs derived from WOP and WNP were 4.3 and 2.9 g/L, 41.2 and 27.7% DCW, and 0.037 and 0.033 g/L/h, respectively. The dominance of fatty acids such as oleic, palmitic, stearic and linoleic acid in the lipids suggests a high level of similarity with plant/vegetable oils used for biodiesel production. Therefore, VFAs derived from wastepaper could be potentially used as feedstock to produce microbial lipids towards cost-effective production of biodiesel.

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Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > School of Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering > Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
Additional Information: © 2020, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Uncontrolled Keywords: Anaerobic open culture fermentation,Biodiesel,Microbial lipids,Oleaginous yeast,Volatile fatty acids,Wastepaper,Chemical Engineering(all),Fuel Technology,Energy Engineering and Power Technology,Organic Chemistry
Publication ISSN: 1873-7153
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2024 07:49
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2020 08:44
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Published Date: 2020-09-15
Published Online Date: 2020-05-22
Accepted Date: 2020-05-12
Authors: Annamalai, Neelamegam
Sivakumar, Nallusamy
Fernandez-Castane, Alfred (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-2572-7797)
Oleskowicz-Popiel, Piotr

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