Name: Flow Cytometry for BioFuels Production
Elevator Pitch: Microfluidic flow cytometer system for high-throughput screening of algal photosynthetic efficiency, growth and lipid content capable of quickly and accurately profiling individual algal cells while being significantly more compact and less costly than standard flow cytometer instruments
Department: Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Colorado
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Current methods for measuring the qualities of algal strains are far from ideal. They measure the lipid production of small cultures using chromatographic or gravimetric technology, a process that can take days per sample due to the volume of cells involved. A reliance on averaging bulk measurements of live and dead cells prevents the kind of cell-by-cell analysis and data accuracy biomass researchers are seeking. The ultimate objective is to determine which algal strains and conditions will be most efficient for producing biofuels and more specifically, which strains offer the highest efficiency of photosynthesis with maximal lipid production.
The research team has developed a microfluidic flow cytometer system for high-throughput screening of algal photosynthetic efficiency, growth and lipid content. They’ve developed a different kind of cytometer, capable of quickly and accurately profiling individual algal cells while being significantly more compact and less costly than standard flow cytometer instruments. The instrument delivers precise cell-by-cell data while significantly shortening the evaluation time.
The technology has application for researchers as well as commercial operators utilizing algae technologies for commercial applications.
•Fast, high throughput design
•Ability to profile individual algal cells
•Reduced evaluation time
Biofuels, algae, flow cytometry, tissue/cell diagnostics, targeted cellular drug delivery
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