Chem Engg Journal paper discusses impact of hazardous chemicals on resilience of algal photobioreactors

Algae harvesting and resource recovery researchers Dr Yunlong Luo, A/Prof Rita Henderson and A/Prof Pierre Le-clech have published a paper titled “Evaluating the response of photobioreactors in response to hazardous chemicals” in the highly prestigious Chemical Engineering Journal (IF: 10.2). The aim of this study was to assess the changes in cellular properties of the microalgae Chlorella vulgaris in photobioreactors that are exposed to different concentrations of chemicals commonly encountered in wastewater, including sodium chlorite (NaCl), sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl), and 2,4-dinitrophenol (DNP). The study showed that the photobioreactors were able to cope with low levels of chemical stress. When sodium chlorite was applied, the chemical shock increased lipid production in algal cells. More information about the study can be found by clicking the link in the title of the study.

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