HNEI researchers investigated multi-component extraction of bio-oils, protein, fermentatable sugars, and high value metabolites from oil-bearing biomass using ionic liquid based solvents. The patented process was verified to support multi-component extraction of bio-oils, high value chemicals, and fermentable sugars that supported heterotrophic high-density growth of oil-bearing yeast.
Point Person: M. Cooney 
- 2013, Godwin Severa, Guneet Kumar, and Michael J. Cooney, “Corecovery of Bio-Oil and Fermentable Sugars from Oil-Bearing Biomass ,” International Journal of Chemical Engineering, vol. 2013, Article ID 617274, 10 pages, 2013. doi:10.1155/2013/617274
- 2013, Godwin Severa, Guneet Kumar, Mike Troung, Gregory Young, Michael J. Cooney, Simultaneous extraction and separation of phorbol esters and bio-oil from Jatropha biomass using ionic liquid–methanol co-solvents, Separation and Purification Technology , Volume 116, 15 September 2013, Pages 265-270, ISSN 1383-5866, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.seppur.2013.06.001 .
- 2011, Gregory Young , Franz Nippen , Sebastian Titterbrandt , Michael J Cooney, Direct transesterification of biomass using an ionic liquid co-solvent system , Biofuels Vol. 2, Iss. 3, 2011, pages 261-266
- 2010, Gregory Young, Franz Nippgen, Sebastian Titterbrandt, Michael J. Cooney, Lipid extraction from biomass using co-solvent mixtures of ionic liquids and polar covalent molecules, Separation and Purification Technology , Volume 72, Issue 1, 30 March 2010, Pages 118-121, ISSN 1383-5866, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.seppur.2010.01.009 .