The Handbook of Microalgae-based Processes and Products provides a complete overview of all aspects involved in the production and utilization of microalgae resources at commercial scale. Divided into four parts (fundamentals, microalgae-based processes, microalgae-based products, and engineering approaches applied to microalgal processes and products), the book explores the microbiology and metabolic aspects of microalgae, microalgal production systems, wastewater treatment based in microalgae, CO2 capture using microalgae, microalgae harvesting techniques, and extraction and purification of biomolecules from microalgae. It covers the largest number of microalgal products of commercial relevance, including biogas, biodiesel, bioethanol, biohydrogen, single-cell protein, single-cell oil, biofertilizers, pigments, polyunsaturated fatty acids, bioactive proteins, peptides and amino acids, bioactive polysaccharides, sterols, bioplastics, UV-screening compounds, and volatile organic compounds. Moreover, it presents and discusses the available engineering tools applied to microalgae biotechnology, such as process integration, process intensification, and techno-economic analysis applied to microalgal processes and products, microalgal biorefineries, life cycle assessment, and exergy analysis of microalgae-based processes and products.
The coverage of a broad range of potential microalgae processes and products in a single volume makes this handbook an indispensable reference for engineering researchers in academia and industry in the fields of bioenergy, sustainable development, and high-value compounds from biomass, as well as graduate students exploring those areas. Engineering professionals in bio-based industries will also find valuable information here when planning or implementing the use of microalgal technologies.
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Table of ContentsPART 1
FUNDAMENTALS 1. Microalgae biotechnology: A brief introduction 2. Morphophysiological, structural and metabolic aspects of microalgae 3. Microalgae culture collections, strain maintenance, and propagation 4. Synthetic biology applied to microalgae-based processes and products
MICROALGAE-BASED PROCESSES 5. Photobioreactor design 6. Microalgae production systems 7. Wastewater treatment based in microalgae 8. Carbon dioxide capture and utilization using microalgae 9. Dewatering and drying of algal cultures 10. Microalgae harvesting techniques 11. Extraction of biomolecules from microalgae
MICROALGAE-BASED PRODUCTS 12. Biogas from microalgae 13. Biodiesel from microalgae 14. Bioethanol production from microalgae 15. Biohydrogen from microalgae 16. Microalgae single cell oil 17. Microalgal bio-fertilizers 18. Pigments from microalgae 19. Nutritional quality and bioactive properties of proteins and peptides from microalgae 20. Bioactive polysaccharides from microalgae 21. Sterols from microalgae 22. "Bioplastics from microalgae"-Polyhydroxyalkanoate production by cyanobacteria 23. UV-screening from microalgae 24. Volatile organic compounds from microalgae 25. Microalgae as enzyme biofactories
ENGINEERING APPROACHES APPLIED TO MICROALGAL PROCESSES AND PRODUCTS 26. Process integration applied to microalgae-based systems 27. Process intensification applied to microalgae-based processes and products 28. Microalgal biorefineries 29. The bioeconomy of microalgae-based processes and products 30. Life cycle assessment of microalgae-based processes and products 31. Exergy analysis applied to microalgae-based processes and products 32. Scale-up of microalgae-based processes