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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 471417, 10 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1100/2012/471417
Review Article

The Future of Butyric Acid in Industry

1School of Nano-Bioscience and Chemical Engineering, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Ulsan, Republic of Korea
2New Renewable Energy Lab, SK Innovation Global Technology, Seoul, Republic of Korea
3Department of Applied Chemical Engineering, Hanyang University, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Received 31 October 2011; Accepted 11 January 2012

Academic Editors: S. Cuzzocrea and J. Sanchez

Copyright © 2012 Mohammed Dwidar et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

In this paper, the different applications of butyric acid and its current and future production status are highlighted, with a particular emphasis on the biofuels industry. As such, this paper discusses different issues regarding butyric acid fermentations and provides suggestions for future improvements and their approaches.