Dataset on experimental data available in the literature on "Medium chain carboxylic acids from complex organic feedstock by mixed culture fermentation"

This dataset was created as a compilation of experimental data in the literature on the production of medium chain carboxylic acids (MCCAs) by microbial mixed cultures (MMC) fermentation. The intention was to provide a dataset as comprehensive as possible that includes the majority of experimental results available in this research area to the best of our knowledge. The focus lied on MMC-based studies processing complex organic feedstock, yet selected studies were included on synthetic substrates. The relevant literature studies were collected and experimental results categorized according to bioreactor operation, i.e. batch, fed-batch and (semi-)continuous. Operational parameters, such as feedstock type, organic loading rate, temperature, etc., were extracted from information reported in studies and placed alongside product outcome in terms of MCCA production for each experiment. This dataset forms the backbone of the discussion and figure generation of the literature review "Medium chain carboxylic acids from complex organic feedstock by mixed culture fermentation" by V. De Groof, M. Coma, T. Arnot, D. Leak, A. Lanham. Published in MDPI Molecules: Special Issue "Chemicals from Food Supply Chain By-Products and Waste Streams" 2019.

Environmental engineering
Process engineering

Cite this dataset as:
De Groof, V., Coma Bech, M., Arnot, T., Leak, D., Lanham, A., 2019. Dataset on experimental data available in the literature on "Medium chain carboxylic acids from complex organic feedstock by mixed culture fermentation". Bath: University of Bath Research Data Archive. Available from:


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Vicky De Groof
University of Bath

Marta Coma Bech
University of Bath

Tom Arnot
University of Bath

David Leak
University of Bath

Ana Lanham
University of Bath


University of Bath
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Data collection method:

The experimental data was collected through literature review. Studies were included that specifically target chain elongation in mixed microbial culture fermentation, but the scope was extended to include other studies that have noted chain elongation products as by-products from, for instance, volatile fatty acids (short chain carboxylic acids) or hydrogen production. Studies were selected via various research data bases based on topic relevance and key word combinations (e.g. "medium chain carboxylic acids", "medium chain fatty acids", "chain elongation in mixed cultures", ...) combined with authors' expertise in the research area and data availability.

Data processing and preparation activities:

Experimental values were copied from cited studies and converted to uniform units using conversion constants given in "Read me" tab. Where data was not available or not applicable for the particular experiment "NA" is placed. Experiments were ordered according to reactor operation style, and processed for generating Figures provided in the accompanying paper.

Technical details and requirements:

Comments provided in single spreadsheet cell provide further information regarding calculation or estimation method.


Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

EPSRC Doctoral Training Centre in Sustainable Chemical Technologies

H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)

Fellow for Industrial Research Enhancement (FIRE)

Publication details

Publication date: 22 January 2019
by: University of Bath

Version: 1


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Related papers and books

De Groof, V., Coma, M., Arnot, T., Leak, D. J., and Lanham, A. B., 2019. Medium Chain Carboxylic Acids from Complex Organic Feedstocks by Mixed Culture Fermentation. Molecules, 24(3), 398. Available from:

Contact information

Please contact the Research Data Service in the first instance for all matters concerning this item.

Contact person: Ana Lanham


Faculty of Engineering & Design
Chemical Engineering

Research Centres & Institutes
Centre for Sustainable and Circular Technologies (CSCT)
Water Innovation and Research Centre (WIRC)