Project title: Design of a scalable single-use photobioreactor for axenic cultures of microalgae
Supervisor: Professor Peter Ralph
Co-supervisor: Dr. Leen Labeeuw
Project background: The production of high value products in micro algae for pharmaceutical use is gaining increased interest, which requires large-scale axenic culture of microalgae. One method that is gaining popularity is the use of single-use bioreactors, however no such system has been developed for algae. This project aims to bridge this gap, creating a scalable single-use photobioreactor for the production of axenic microalgae capable of producing high value products.
This bioreactor is based on the existing GEHC Xcellerex bioreactor platforms. The bioreactor will be capable of producing large quantities of axenic cells under precisely controlled environmental conditions to optimise photosynthesis and growth, optimise production of products,
Aims: Integrate a source of irradiance, optimised gas (CO2/O2) exchange and temperature control into GE Healthcare’s Xcellerex bioreactor platform, set up a flexible sensor array for monitoring of the culture.