Special Issue "Microalgae for Production of Bioproducts and Biofuels"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2019
Dr. Luisa Gouveia
Bioenergy Unit, LNEG - National Laboratory of Energy and Geology, I.P., 1649-038 Lisbon, Portugal
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Interests: microalgae biotechnology; lipid and pigment induction; biofuels (biodiesel, bioethanol, biogas, biohydrogen, and jetfuel; biorefineries; wastewater treatment; CO2 mitigation; supercritical CO2 extraction of bioactive high-value compounds; bio-fertilizers/stimulants and pesticides; bioplastics/biopolymers; microbial fuel cells; life cycle analysis
Microalgae have been recognized to possess great potential within the bioeconomy context. Although the total market size of algae bioproducts is still relatively small, the sector has undergone impressive growth. Nevertheless, significant challenges need to be addressed, such as (i) efficient and low-cost cultivation methods (in terms of growth rate, and product synthesis rate); (ii) harvesting and separation of the microalgal biomass from the culture medium; (iii) pre-treatment of the algal biomass to release its components (mainly lipids, proteins, carbohydrates) for further conversion; and (iv) further conversion steps to obtain biofuels and/or biocompounds This Special Issue invites manuscripts from authors who develop algae-related processes. Authors are invited to submit original research articles covering areas of cultivation, wastewater treatment, harvesting, biomass extraction, bioproductos, biofuels, biofertilizers/stimulants/pesticides, and biorefinery. Not only the production of algae and biomass use for different purposes are sought in this Special Issue but sustainability and economic process assessments are also welcome. Reviews that make substantial advances within this field are also invited to contribute to this Special Issue.Dr. Cristina González-Fernandez
Dr. Luisa Gouveia
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- Microalgae-based wastewater treatment
- Sustainability process assessment