Center for Advanced BioEnergy Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Professor converts algae into biodiesel

Iowa State Daily
Posted: Saturday, December 4, 2010 5:45 pm Updated: 7:59 pm, Sun Dec 5, 2010.
by Elisse Lorenc

With all the research condoned for alternate biodiesel resources, Zhiyou Wen, professor of food science and human nutrition, partakes in a pecular alternative — microalgae.

Wen and a group of colleagues harvested algae and converted the oil from the algae into biofuel for alternative energy research.

"It's about lipid separation from algae, so [Wen] is going to grow the algae for us, design the bioreactor, dewatering the algae and separate the lipid from the cells and the lipids used for biodiesel," said Tong Wang, professor of food science and human nutrition.

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