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Catilin Contributes Key Extraction, Sequestration and Conversion Technologies to NAABB Consortium Developing Algal Biofuels
Date:1/14/2010

AMES, Iowa, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Catilin, Inc., a leading biofuels catalyst technology company, announced that it will embark a $5.3 million project over the next three years as part of the $44 million DOE Investment for Advanced Biofuels Research and Fueling Infrastructure award made to the Catilin's consortium, National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts (NAABB).  Catilin and its partner, Iowa State University – Center for Catalysis (ISU-CCAT), will provide key extraction, sequestration and conversion technologies.  The NAABB consortium is made up of 26 groups from both the private and public sector and is led by the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.

Catilin and ISU-CCAT, members of the NAABB, will build on their pioneering algal oil extraction technology using mesoporous nanoparticles to selectively extract and sequester targeted fuel-relevant and high value compounds within the algal lipid mixture.  The balance of the algal oil, which contains free fatty acids (FFA) and triglycerides, will be converted to biodiesel using Catilin's commercially available T300 catalyst.  The pilot scale work will be completed at Catilin's currently operating 300,000 gallon per year pilot plant.

"This award solidifies Catilin's position as a leading provider of extraction and catalyst technology for biomass conversion," said Larry Lenhart, Catilin's CEO. "We are enthusiastic participants in the NAABB consortium and believe that this unique consortium will bring cross discipline knowledge working together to advance the reality of biofuel from algae.  As the largest private sector participant we will make a direct impact on the ability to demonstrate the scalable and economic conversion of algal oil to
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