Title

Optimization of Growth Parameters in a Tubular Photobioreactor

Presenter Information

Charlene Ruwwe

Department

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Major

Chemical Engineering; Bio-emphasis

Research Advisor

Al-Dahhan, Muthanna H.

Advisor's Department

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Funding Source

Missouri S&T Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experiences (OURE) Program; Chemical Engineering Department Funding

Abstract

In this project, a tubular photobioreactor was constructed following the guidelines and modeling equations found in the thesis “Mathematical Modeling for Photobioreactor Design” by Xiaoxi Wu. This reactor and theory were used to map and understand the growth rates, and consequently, oil and/or desired gene production of the algae in relation to incident light. Some factors were altered in the processes for finding the optimum growth parameters and for achieving proper fluid flow, structural support, and lighting. These factors include, but are not limited to, light to dark ratio, Carbon dioxide concentration, lighting type, and flow direction. The initial testing was performed with the freshwater algae species, Scenedesmus quadricauda. Moreover, this process can also be applied to any single-celled or micro- algae species in such a way as to reduce the time and effort needed to learn how to efficiently grow each species in any type of desired photobioreactor.

Biography

Charlene is a non-traditional senior majoring in both the Chemical Engineering: Bioemphasis and the Biological Sciences programs. She is a married mother of one that aspires to attain a PhD in Chemical Engineering with an emphasis in pharmaceutical delivery systems. Charlene would like to run a research and development lab for a large-scale pharmaceutical company. She hopes to find a solution for the treatment of viruses and to serve as an inspiration and a role model for her son.

Research Category

Engineering

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Location

Upper Atrium/Hallway

Presentation Date

10 Apr 2012, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Optimization of Growth Parameters in a Tubular Photobioreactor

Upper Atrium/Hallway

In this project, a tubular photobioreactor was constructed following the guidelines and modeling equations found in the thesis “Mathematical Modeling for Photobioreactor Design” by Xiaoxi Wu. This reactor and theory were used to map and understand the growth rates, and consequently, oil and/or desired gene production of the algae in relation to incident light. Some factors were altered in the processes for finding the optimum growth parameters and for achieving proper fluid flow, structural support, and lighting. These factors include, but are not limited to, light to dark ratio, Carbon dioxide concentration, lighting type, and flow direction. The initial testing was performed with the freshwater algae species, Scenedesmus quadricauda. Moreover, this process can also be applied to any single-celled or micro- algae species in such a way as to reduce the time and effort needed to learn how to efficiently grow each species in any type of desired photobioreactor.