Biotransformation of methane into methanol by methanotrophs immobilized on coconut coir

Sanjay K.S. Patel, Vipin Chandra Kalia, Ji Bong Joo, Yun Chan Kang, Jung Kul Lee

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This study aimed to establish a unique approach for the production of methanol from methane (CH4) in the presence of paraffin oil mediated by methanotrophs immobilized on coconut coir (CC). Immobilization of different methanotrophs through covalent method increased the immobilization yield and relative efficiency for methanol production to 48.6% and 96.8%, respectively. In the presence of paraffin oil, methanol production was 1.6-fold higher by Methylocystis bryophila than by control. Compared to free cells, whole cells immobilized on CC showed higher stability for methanol production. Under repeated batch conditions, cumulative methanol production by immobilized cells and free cells, after eight cycles of reuse, was 52.9 and 30.9 mmol/L, respectively. This study effectively demonstrated the beneficial influence of lignocellulosic biowaste CC as support for immobilization of methanotrophs and paraffin oil on bioconversion of CH4 to methanol.

Original languageEnglish
Article number122433
JournalBioresource technology
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Feb

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Funding Information:
This research was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning (NRF-2017R1A4A1014806, NRF-2019H1D3A2A01060226). This work was also supported by KU Research Professor program of Konkuk University . Appendix A

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  • Coconut coir
  • Greenhouse gases
  • Methanol production
  • Methanotrophs
  • Paraffin oil

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Waste Management and Disposal


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