Biorefinery Concept as a Key for Sustainable Future to Green Chemistry—The Case of Microalgae

  • Léa Vernès
  • Ying LiEmail author
  • Farid Chemat
  • Maryline Abert-Vian
Part of the Green Chemistry and Sustainable Technology book series (GCST)


Biorefinery is a concept inspired from traditional oil refinery for petrol production, which enables to generate numerous bioproducts without any wastes from a unique source. This idea fits in with the actual context of sustainable development, where every part of the biomass treated is valorized through different unit operations in an economic and eco-friendly way to create high value-added compounds. Microalgae, a unique sustainable resource with a wide range of interesting biomolecules, could lead to a large quantity of biocompounds based on the biorefinery concept for cosmetic, pharmaceutical, food, feed, and health industries. This chapter provides a successful biorefinery case of microalgae from initial cultivation, harvesting, and green extraction of bioactive molecules to various potential applications in the end, which is heuristic for sustainable future to green chemistry.


Biorefinery Microalgae Green extraction Biomolecules Sustainable ingredient Applications 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Léa Vernès
    • 1
  • Ying Li
    • 2
    Email author
  • Farid Chemat
    • 1
  • Maryline Abert-Vian
    • 1
  1. 1.GREEN Extraction TeamAvignon University, INRA, UMR408AvignonFrance
  2. 2.Department of Food Science and EngineeringCollege of Science and Engineering, Jinan UniversityGuangzhouChina

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