Abstract: The present work is an experimental study of the performance of a recently designed immobilized enzyme: inulinase from Aspergillus sp. covalently immobilized on Sepabeads. The aim of the work is to test the new biocatalyst in conditions of industrial interest and to assess the feasibility of the process in a fluidized bed bioreactor (FBBR). The catalyst was first tested in a batch reactor at standard conditions and in various sets of conditions of interest for the process. Once the response of the catalyst to different operating conditions was tested and the operational stability assessed, one of the sets of conditions tested in batch was chosen for tests in FBBR. Prior to reaction tests, preliminary fluidization tests were realized in order to define an operating range of admissible flow rates. As a result, the FBR was run at different feed flow rates in a closed cycle configuration and its performance was compared to that of the batch system. The FBBR proved to be performing and suitable for scale up to large fructose production.
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Ricca, E.; Calabrò, V.; Curcio, S.; Basso, A.; Gardossi, L.; Iorio, G. Fructose Production by Inulinase Covalently Immobilized on Sepabeads in Batch and Fluidized Bed Bioreactor. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2010, 11, 1180-1189.
Ricca E, Calabrò V, Curcio S, Basso A, Gardossi L, Iorio G. Fructose Production by Inulinase Covalently Immobilized on Sepabeads in Batch and Fluidized Bed Bioreactor. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2010; 11(3):1180-1189.
Ricca, Emanuele; Calabrò, Vincenza; Curcio, Stefano; Basso, Alessandra; Gardossi, Lucia; Iorio, Gabriele. 2010. "Fructose Production by Inulinase Covalently Immobilized on Sepabeads in Batch and Fluidized Bed Bioreactor." Int. J. Mol. Sci. 11, no. 3: 1180-1189.