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Title: Clay enhancement of methane, low molecular weight hydrocarbon and halocarbon conversion by methanotrophic bacteria

An apparatus and method for increasing the rate of oxidation of toxic vapors by methanotrophic bacteria. The toxic vapors of interest are methane and trichloroethylene. The apparatus includes a gas phase bioreactor within a closed loop pumping system or a single pass system. The methanotrophic bacteria include Methylomonas methanica, Methylosinus trichosporium, and uncharacterized environmental enrichments.
Inventors:
 [1];  [1]
  1. (Idaho Falls, ID)
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
875169
Assignee:
United States of America as represented by United States (Washington, DC) INEEL
Patent Number(s):
US H1430
Contract Number:
AC07-76ID01570
Research Org:
EG & G IDAHO INC
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
clay; enhancement; methane; molecular; weight; hydrocarbon; halocarbon; conversion; methanotrophic; bacteria; apparatus; method; increasing; rate; oxidation; toxic; vapors; trichloroethylene; gas; phase; bioreactor; closed; loop; pumping; single; pass; methylomonas; methanica; methylosinus; trichosporium; uncharacterized; environmental; enrichments; closed loop; gas phase; molecular weight; single pass; methanotrophic bacteria; toxic vapors; weight hydrocarbon; /435/