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Research Project: Commercial Products from Lipids and Fibers

Location: Sustainable Biofuels and Co-products Research

Title: Overview of bioprocess engineering

item Ashby, Richard - Rick
item Msanne, Joseph
item MUNIR, MAMOONA - Rawalpindi Womens University
item INAYAT, ABRAR - University Of Sharjah
item PASTORE, C - Water Research Institute
item MUSTAFA, AHMAD - October University For Modern Science And Arts

Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/23/2023
Publication Date: 12/4/2023
Citation: Ashby, R.D., Msanne, J.N., Munir, M., Inayat, A., Pastore, C., Mustafa, A. 2023. Overview of bioprocess engineering. In Abomohra, A., and Ende, S. (eds.) Value-added Products from Algae: Phycochemical Production and Applications. Switzerland: Springer, Cham. p. 123-155.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: With the rapid increase in global population, there is a rising demand for clean products from biobased sources. In this context, chemicals made by microorganisms are appealing due to their sustainability, reliability, environmental friendliness, and safety. However, the price of the carbon sources associated with such methods typically represents a significant portion (reportedly as high as 60% or more) of the entire processing cost, which restricts the expansion of these biobased industries. Because of their quick growth, simple culture, abundance, and ability to endure harsh conditions, algae have recently been used in a variety of industrial fields. This chapter explores the potential of algal biomass as a microbial biorefinery for producing key industrial products including various alcohols, organic acids, biogas, and other value-added materials. In addition, the chapter focuses on large-scale bioprocessing from bioreactor engineering to downstream protocols to enhance the desired chemical/product yield. Finally, we discuss the major obstacles and trends for future insights.