Korean Journal of Chemical Engineering

, Volume 34, Issue 1, pp 62–65 | Cite as

Harvesting of Scenedesmus obliquus cultivated in seawater using electro-flotation

  • Heewon Shin
  • Kyochan Kim
  • Joo-Young Jung
  • Sungchul Charles Bai
  • Yong Keun Chang
  • Jong-In Han


Seawater, when supplemented to a growth medium, appears to stimulate auto-flocculation of a certain microalgae species like Scenedesmus obliquus and thus renders its harvesting easy. To make use of this unique response for the purpose of biomass harvesting, S. obliquus was grown in a seawater-added medium and then collected in electrochemically- mediated ways. Significantly higher harvesting efficiency and energy saving were observed with electroflotation (EF) than with electro-coagulation-flotation (ECF) and the standard BG11 medium. An optimal EF condition, the highest recovery rate with least energy use, was found with a supply of 0.5 A. Seawater amendment was most beneficial in a level of 10%. All this clearly showed that applying EF to cells cultivated in the seawater-supplemented medium is a promising harvesting means that enables one to obtain algae biomass without interfering with the downstream process of biodiesel production.


Scenedesmus obliquus Harvest Seawater Electro-flotation (EF) Electro-coagulation-flotation (ECF) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heewon Shin
    • 1
  • Kyochan Kim
    • 1
  • Joo-Young Jung
    • 2
    • 3
  • Sungchul Charles Bai
    • 2
  • Yong Keun Chang
    • 1
    • 3
  • Jong-In Han
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Chemical and Biomolecular EngineeringKAISTDaejeonKorea
  2. 2.Department of Marine Bio-materials and Aquaculture/Feeds & Foods Nutrition Research CenterPukyong National UniversityBusanKorea
  3. 3.Advanced Biomass R&D CenterKAISTDaejeonKorea
  4. 4.Department of Civil and Environmental EngineeringKAISTDaejeonKorea

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