Innovation

Efficient Extraction of Hydrocarbons from Microalgae Colonies

University of California System: University of California, Berkeley
posted on 09/21/2009

Green microalgae of the genus Botryoccene synthesize long-chain terpenoid hydrocarbons that can amount to as much as 30-40% of the dry biomass weight. These hydrocarbons can serve as renewable biofuels, feedstock for synthetic chemicals, feedstock in drug manufacturing, and in cosmetics as an alternative to squalene. However, existing methods of extracting these hydrocarbons aren’t economically viable. To address this opportunity, scientists at UC Berkeley have developed a more efficient method for extracting and quantifying extracellular terpenoid hydrocarbons from terprnoid-producing and secreting Botryoccene microalgae.

Suggested Uses

These hydrocarbons can serve as renewable biofuels, feedstock for synthetic chemicals, feedstock in drug manufacturing, and as an alternative to squalene in cosmetics.

Advantages

  • Accelerates the rate and yield of extraction.
  • Does not cause substantial cellular lysis.

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File Number: 18101 


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