Microalgae-Based Biofuels and Bioproducts - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780081010235

Microalgae-Based Biofuels and Bioproducts

1st Edition

From Feedstock Cultivation to End-products

Authors: Cristina Gonzalez-Fernandez Raul Muñoz
Hardcover ISBN: 9780081010235
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 23rd June 2017
Page Count: 568
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Table of Contents

1. Photobioreactor technology
2. Contamination of microalgal cultivation
3. Heterotrophic microalgae cultivation
4. Microalgae Cultivation in Wastewater
5. Economics of Microalgae Cultivation
6. Sustainability of microalgae cultivation
7. Microalgae harvesting
8. Cell disruption technologies
9. Biogas production from microalgae
10. Bioethanol production from microalgae
11. Biogas upgrading using algal-bacterial processes
12. Biodiesel from Microalgae
13. Biotechnology and synthetic biology of cyanobacteria for production of biofuels and high-value products
14. Biohydrogen production from microalgae
15. Bio refinery of algae (=multiple product recovery): Technical and economic considerations’
16. Microalgae proteins for food and feed
17. Microalgal Fatty acids-from harvesting till extraction
18. Microalgal toxins as a high value added product.
19. Trends in Red Biotechnology: Microalgae for Pharmaceutical Applications
20. Extraction of added-value compounds from microalgae
21. Pyrolysis of microalgae for fuel production
22. The prospective of algal based economy, pros and cons


In Microalgae-Based Biofuels and Bioproducts, authors from different areas and backgrounds explore the cultivation and utilization of microalgae biomass for sustainable fuels and chemicals.

With a strong focus in emerging industrial and large scale applications, the book summarizes the new achievements in recent years in this field by critically evaluating developments in the field of algal biotechnology, whilst taking into account sustainability issues and techno-economic parameters. It includes information on microalgae cultivation, harvesting, and conversion processes for the production of liquid and gaseous biofuels, such as biogas, bioethanol, biodiesel and biohydrogen. Microalgae biorefinery and biotechnology applications, including for pharmaceuticals, its use as food and feed, and value added bioproducts are also covered.

This book’s comprehensive scope makes it an ideal reference for both early stage and consolidated researchers, engineers and graduate students in the algal field, especially in energy, chemical and environmental engineering, biotechnology, biology and agriculture.

Key Features

  • Presents the most current information on the uses and untapped potential of microalgae in the production of bio-based fuels and chemicals
  • Critically reviews the state of the art of feedstock cultivation and biofuels and bioproducts mass production from microalgae, including intermediate stages such as harvesting and extraction of specific compounds
  • Includes topics in economics and sustainability of large scale microalgae cultivation and conversion technologies


Researchers, professionals and graduate students in energy engineering, chemical engineering, biotechnology, environmental engineering and industrial engineering working with algal biofuels and bioproducts


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About the Authors

Cristina Gonzalez-Fernandez Author

Cristina Gonzalez-Fernandez received her PhD degree in Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technology at the University of Valladolid (2008). She carried out her doctoral thesis in the field of livestock wastes treatment for the removal of organic matter by means of mechanical and photosynthetic oxygenation on the liquid matrix and biogas production on the solid matrix. Previously to that, she worked at the Environmental Engineering Department in the University of Cincinnati (USA) where she also obtained a Master on Environmental Science (2005). She got a postdoc position at the Biotechnology Lab in the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (LBE-INRA, France) to work on the optimization of biogas production using microalgae. Nowadays, in the Unit of Biotechnological Processes of IMDEA Energy, her research is focused on advanced processes for biofuel production using microalgae as a substrate. She is co-author of around 40 scientific publications and reviewer of international journals. Additionally, she has been involved in European and national funded research projects, as well as projects with private companies.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Assistant Senior at IMDEA Energy, Madrid, Spain

Raul Muñoz Author

Raúl Muñoz completed his Doctoral Thesis “Algal-bacterial photobioreactors for the degradation of toxic organic pollutants” at the Dept. of Biotechnology of Lund University under the supervision of Prof. Bo Mattiasson and Dr. Benoit Guieysse in June 2005. Raúl Muñoz successfully competed in the Spanish National Program “Juan de la Cierva” and joined the Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technology at UVa in Nov 2005, with a research focused on biological off-gas treatment of Volatile Organic Compounds. In February 2007, Raúl Muñoz successfully competed in the Spanish National Program “Ramón y Cajal”. In July 2007, the applicant carried out a 3 months research stay at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore). The applicant started 5 years senior researcher contract Ramon y Cajal in January 2008 at UVa, which represented the consolidation in the Dept. of the biological gas treatment and microalgae-based wastewater treatment research lines. In 2009, he carried out a 3 months research stay at UNSW (Australia) at the laboratory of Prof. Richard Stuetz, and a 1 month research stay at Universidad Mayor de San Simon (Bolivia). In 2013, Raúl Muñoz also conducted a 6 months research stay at the Laboratories of Dr. Sergio Revah (UAM-Cuajimalpa, México), and in 2014 a 3 months research stay at Universidad de la Frontera (Chile). Today, Raúl Muñoz is Associate professor at the Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technology of Valladolid University. Over the past 10 years, he has collaborated with various leading groups in the fields of gas treatment and microalgae-based wastewater treatment and has been Principal Investigator in over 15 R&D projects. Dr. Muñoz has also published over 109 works published in scientific journals, co-authored chapters in internationally and locally published books, and supervised dozens of thesis, research works and final projects

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technology of Valladolid University