Date of Graduation
Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering
Beitle, Robert R.
This study developed and evaluated a novel method to recover the microalgae species Arthrospira platensis from a closed helical photo bioreactor system. A recovery apparatus was designed and shown to increase recovery by 40% via periodic online recovery runs during exponential growth phase of biomass. Considerations for the apparatus design included the low shear tolerance of the algae and the necessity for a closed system in order to monitor CO2 consumption. The recovery method draws on methods used for large scale recovery as reported in literature by Vonshak and Shimmatsu , . This work seeks to improve reactor biomass yield for generating sugar extracts from A. platensis which may be used subsequently as a feedstock to generate recombinant proteins from E. coli.
Hurst, Matthew, "Novel method for sequential batch recovery of biomass from a helical photobioreactor" (2013). Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Honors Theses. 5.