Light-dependent Growth Kinetics and Mathematical Modeling of Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803

Light-dependent Growth Kinetics and Mathematical Modeling of Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803

March 16, 2017

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727 E. Tyler St.
Tempe, AZ 85287

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Biodesign Institute, Auditorium

Date and Time

March 22, 2017, 9:00 am (Length: 2 hours 0 minutes)

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Levi Straka, Graduate Research Assistant, Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology

One solution to mitigating global climate change is using cyanobacteria or single-celled algae (collectively microalgae) to replace petroleum-based fuels and products, thereby reducing the net release of carbon dioxide.  This work develops and evaluates a mechanistic kinetic model for light-dependent microalgal growth. The light intensity model is a marked improvement over previous light-dependent growth models and can be used to design and interpret future experiments and practical systems for generating renewable feedstock to replace petroleum.

This is a Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering doctoral dissertation defense.