Algal Biorefineries

Volume 1: Cultivation of Cells and Products

  • Rakesh Bajpai
  • Aleš Prokop
  • Mark Zappi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Bioreactors for Cultivation of Algae

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Rakesh Bajpai, Mark Zappi, Stephen Dufreche, Ramalingam Subramaniam, Ales Prokop
      Pages 3-24
    3. Alexandra D. Holland, Joseph M. Dragavon
      Pages 25-68
    4. Manjinder Singh, K. C. Das
      Pages 69-82
    5. João C. M. Carvalho, Marcelo C. Matsudo, Raquel P. Bezerra, Lívia S. Ferreira-Camargo, Sunao Sato
      Pages 83-126
    6. Ramanujam Ravikumar
      Pages 127-146
    7. Jiří Doucha, Karel Lívanský
      Pages 147-173
  3. Algae Products

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. Amarjeet Bassi, Priyanka Saxena, Ana-Maria Aguirre
      Pages 177-202
    3. Linda Vuorijoki, Pauli Kallio, Patrik R. Jones
      Pages 203-216
    4. Vilém Zachleder, Irena Brányiková
      Pages 217-240
    5. Pavel Přibyl, Vladislav Cepák, Vilém Zachleder
      Pages 241-273
    6. Kelly Hudek, Lawrence C. Davis, Jwan Ibbini, Larry Erickson
      Pages 275-295
    7. Dheeban Chakravarthi Kannan, Vikram M. Pattarkine
      Pages 297-310
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 311-324

About this book


Over the past century, the majority of chemical and energy needs of our industrial society has originated from fossilized carbon sources (coal, crude oil, natural gas). Increasingly, there is a realization that utilization of the fossilized carbon sources has adverse environmental consequences in the form of increasing concentration of greenhouse gases. We are also becoming aware of the limited nature of these resources. As a result, considerable efforts are being made to produce chemicals and fuels from renewable resources such as forest products, agricultural residues and plant products. All of these systems capture solar energy and atmospheric carbon dioxide as a part of the natural carbon cycle. Serious research efforts are also underway, targeting cultivation of photosynthetic autotrophic microbes for the production of biomass and lipids. In this category, algae appears to offer the most potential for capturing solar energy and atmospheric carbon dioxide and delivering sufficient quantities of biomass/lipids that can offset the fossilized carbon utilization in a meaningful manner without impacting food output adversely. However, several advances, both technologically as well as politically, are needed before we can realize its full potential. It is also clear that a biorefinery approach must be undertaken in order to harvest renewable energy and chemicals from algae economically.
This edited, multi-authored volume on Algal Biorefineries will document new advances involving algae-based technology.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Rakesh Bajpai
    • 1
  • Aleš Prokop
    • 2
  • Mark Zappi
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Chemical EngineeringUniversity of Louisiana at LafayetteLafayetteUSA
  2. 2.Chemical and Biological EngineeringVanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA
  3. 3.Department of Chemical EngineeringUniversity of Louisiana at LafayetteLafayetteUSA

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