LARGE-SCALE MICROFLUIDICS FOR LOW-COST EFFECTIVE ALGAL DEWATERING

Catherine Hill Theme: Cohort Year: 2018 Academic Partner: Heriot-Watt University Industry Partner: uFraction8

My background is within Chemical Engineering, graduating with a MEng from Heriot-Watt University in 2018. In my final year research project I explored the effect that the processing of microalgae using microfluidics had on their cell growth.

 

I am now undertaking a PhD at Heriot-Watt University on a project in collaboration with uFraction8 titled: “Large-scale microfluidics for low-cost effective algal dewatering”. The project will focus on the use microfluidic systems as an alternative to existing downstream processing technologies for algae, such as filtration and electrical processes. I will investigate different algae, different system designs, consider integration and scale-up of systems for industrial deployment and the impact of processing on algae.

 

Catherine