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BPN809: Photonic Cavity Bioreactor for High-throughput Screening of Microalgae

Project ID BPN809
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Start Date Tue 2015-Aug-25 11:15:56
Last Updated Mon 2017-Jan-30 00:01:04
Abstract Algal photosynthesis is considered to be a sustainable, alternative and renewable solution to generating green energy. For high-productivity algaculture in diverse local environments, a high-throughput screening method is needed in selecting algal strains from naturally available or genetically engineered strains. Herein, we present an integrated plasmonic photobioreactor for rapid, high-throughput screening of microalgae. Our 3D nanoplasmonic optical cavity-based photobioreactor permits the amplification of selective wavelength favorable to photosynthesis in the cavity. The hemispheric plasmonic cavity allows to promote intercellular interaction in the optically favorable milieu and also permits effective visual examination of algal growth. Using Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, we demonstrated 2 times of enhanced growth rate and 1.5 times of lipid production rate with no distinctive lag phase. By facilitating growth and biomass conversion rates, the integrated microalga analysis platform (iMAP) will serve as rapid microalgae screening platforms for biofuel applications.
Status Continuing
Funding Source Foundation
IAB Research Area NanoPlasmonics, Microphotonics & Imaging
Researcher(s) Minsun Song, SoonGweon Hong
Advisor(s) Luke P. Lee
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