Biological Production of Industrial Small Esters

Tech ID: 24008 / UC Case 2013-827-0


Microorganism engineered to produce various C4-C8 esters.

Full Description

Researchers at the University of California, Davis have produced small esters (C4-C8) through the manipulation of microorganisms. A genetically modified microorganism was used to produce C4-C8 esters. These esters are used in nitrocellulose lacquers, coatings for plastic substrates, high solids coatings, artificial flavouring and fragrance.

Compared to the current ester production methods which heavily depend on petroleum, this invention allows for environmentally friendly and sustainable production from a renewable source. Additionally, these esters have limited solubility in water, generating a bilayer that allows for continuous microbial production and easy purification.


  • Lacquers solvents
  • Ingredient in painted coatings
  • Food flavorings (orange, pineapple, pear, banana)
  • Cosmetics
  • Fragrances


  • Environmentally friendly
  • Continuous production
  • Easy purification

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Patent Status

Country Type Number Dated Case
United States Of America Issued Patent 10,174,348 01/08/2019 2013-827


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  • Atsumi, Shota
  • Rodriguez, Gabriel

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biocatalysis, esters, microorganism, fragrance, food flavoring, fruit flavoring, cosmetic, lacquer, paint, thinner, coating, genetically engineered microorganism

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