Dhaka 31st March, 14. GNOBB feel extremely delighted to announce that one of its most active members, Professor Kamal U. Chowdhury at Caflin University, USA is the co-inventor of the US. Patent # 8,669,082. The title of the recently patented invention is, “Single vessel production of butanol from biomass using engineered thermophilic microorganisms.” The invention involves an entirely new created microorganism resulting from the fusion of two species of Clostridia, to produce a new strains designated C. thermolignocelluloticum. This new life form can carry out fermentation of biomass in a single vessel at relatively thermophilic temperatures (i.e. 45° C. to 65° C.). Use of this microorganism eliminates the need for multistep, multi-vessel, low temperature reaction system and brings about a single vessel system for the direct conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to butanol and other economical important chemicals. The thermophilic bacterial chimera is constituted of “a fusion of Clostridium acetobutylicum (ATCC 824) and Clostridium thermocellum (ATCC 27405), wherein said thermophilic bacterial chimera has ATCC deposit number PTA-12350, wherein said chimera breaks down a biomass containing complex carbohydrates into glucose and converts glucose into biofuel, wherein said biofuel is selected from the group consisting of methanol, ethanol, propanol, butanol, and methane gas.” The language within the double quote is from the patent citation.
The GNOBB members and the Coordinator, would like to felicitate Professor Chowdhury heartily for his outstanding achievement.