05593886 is referenced by 92 patents and cites 10 patents.

A method and apparatus for converting waste gases from industrial processes such as oil refining, carbon black, coke, ammonia, and methanol production, into useful products. The method includes introducing the waste gases into a bioreactor where they are fermented to various organic acids or alcohols by anaerobic bacteria within the bioreactor. These valuable end products are then recovered, separated and purified. In an exemplary recovery process, the bioreactor raffinate is passed through an extraction chamber into which one or more non-inhibitory solvents are simultaneously introduced to extract the product. Then, the product is separated from the solvent by distillation. Gas conversion rates can be maximized by use of centrifuges, hollow fiber membranes, or other means of ultrafiltration to return entrained anaerobic bacteria from the bioreactor raffinate to the bioreactor itself, thus insuring the highest possible cell concentration.

Title
Clostridium stain which produces acetic acid from waste gases
Application Number
968857
Publication Number
5593886
Application Date
June 10, 1994
Publication Date
January 14, 1997
Inventor
James L Gaddy
2207 Tall Oaks Dr., Fayetteville, 72703
AR, US
Agent
Daniel R Head Johnson & Kachigian Alexander
IPC
C12N 1/20
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