Algal Biofuels

Microalgae are being investigated for the production of renewable and carbon-neutral biofuels under controlled conditions. Photobioreactors and raceway culture devices are being examined for the production of the oil-rich biomass. Methods for separating the algae from the broth are being developed. Extraction of algal  oil and its processing to fuels are being researched. The focus is on using marine algae that do not depend on freshwater, a commodity that is in short supply globally.

Selected Publications

Chisti, Y., Biofuels, 1, 233-235 (2010). Fuels from microalgae.

Chisti, Y., Trends Biotechnol., 26, 126–131 (2008). Biodiesel from microalgae beats bioethanol. [Reprint PDF].

Chisti, Y., Trends Biotechnol., 26, 351–352 (2008). Response to Reijnders: Do biofuels from microalgae beat biofuels from terrestrial plants? [Reprint PDF]

Chisti, Y., Biotechnol. Adv., 25, 294–306 (2007). Biodiesel from microalgae. [Reprint PDF].

Molina Grima, E., Belarbi, E. -H., Acién Fernández, F. G., Robles Medina A., Chisti, Y., Biotechnol. Adv., 20, 491–515 (2003). Recovery of microalgal biomass and metabolites: process options and economics.  [Reprint PDF].

Banerjee, A., Sharma, R., Chisti, Y., Banerjee, U. C., Crit. Rev. Biotechnol., 22, 245–279 (2002). Botryococcus braunii: A renewable source of hydrocarbons and other chemicals. [Reprint PDF]

Belarbi, E. H., Molina, E., Chisti, Y., Enzyme Microb. Technol., 26, 516-529 (2000). A process for high yield and scaleable recovery of high purity eicosapentaenoic acid esters from microalgae and fish oil. [Reprint PDF]

Grima, E. M., Fernández, F. G. A., Camacho, F. G., Chisti, Y., J. Biotechnol., 70, 231-247 (1999). Photobioreactors: light regime, mass transfer, and scaleup. [Reprint PDF]

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