23 July 2018 - Joint publication of Imperial College London and Uni Bielefeld

Irina Harun, Ehecatl Antonio Del Rio-Chanona, Jonathan L. Wagner, Kyle J. Lauersen, Dongda Zhang and Klaus Hellgardt published results on ‘Photocatalytic Production of Bisabolene from Green Microalgae Mutant: Process Analysis and Kinetic Modeling’ in Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. Highlights are that bisabolene was partially synthesized independently of biomass growth, indicating its feasibility for continuous production; bisabolene synthesis was independent of light intensity, but strongly affected by temperature, resulting in conflicting desirable conditions for cell growth and product synthesis; Optimal operating conditions modelled for growth and bisabolene synthesis. This study therefore paves the way toward chemostat production and process scale-up.