Re ECF Project: 2014-31

Project Title: Valorization of the Exoskeletons of Crustaceans in Seafood Waste into Chemicals and Fuels

Applicant: Professor Istvan T. HORVATH, City University of Hong Kong

Total Approved Grant: $1,373,720 (ECF & WWGF: 50/50)

Duration: 1/1/2015 to 31/12/2016

Project Status/Remarks: On-going

This project aims to develop a sustainable process for the conservation of the hydrogen, carbon, oxygen, and even nitrogen atoms of the exoskeletons of crustaceans (lobsters, shrimps, crabs, etc.) in seafood wastes. The proposed valorization of the exoskeletons will be achieved by converting some of the key inorganic and organic components, including calcium carbonate and chitin, to carbon-based chemicals and fertilizers.

Summary of the Findings/Outcomes:
To be available upon completion of the project