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Sustainable Seaweed Technologies - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128179437, 9780128179444

Sustainable Seaweed Technologies

1st Edition

Cultivation, Biorefinery, and Applications

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Editors: Maria Dolores Torres Stefan Kraan Herminia Dominguez
Paperback ISBN: 9780128179437
eBook ISBN: 9780128179444
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 20th May 2020
Page Count: 750
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Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction to Seaweed and Seaweed Biorefinery
1. Introduction. Opportunities for seaweed biorefinery
2. Seaweed components, properties and applications
3. Cultivation and collection
4. Seaweed extracts for enhanced cultivation of seaweeds (SEECS)

Part 2: Conditioning and modification of Seaweed for Biorefinery
5. Drying of seaweeds
6. Storage of Seaweed for Biofuel Production: Ensilage

Part 3: Extraction for Seaweed Biorefinery
7. Conventional Extraction Techniques: Solvent extraction
8. Emerging Extraction Techniques: Hydrothermal processin
9. Emerging Extraction Techniques: MW assisted extraction
10. Emerging Extraction Techniques: Enzyme assisted extraction
11. Emerging Extraction Techniques: Supercritical fluid extraction
12. Emerging Extraction Techniques: Ionic liquids

Part 4: Concentration and Purification of Seaweed Extracts for Biorefinery
13. Concentration and Purification of Seaweed Extracts Through Chromatography
14. Concentration and Purification of Seaweed Extracts Through Membranes

Part 5: Seaweed-based Energy Production
15. Biofuels production of third generation biorafinery from macroalgal biokmass in the Mexican context
16. Biocatalytic refining of polysaccharides from brown seaweeds

Part 6: Preparation of Novel Materials From Seaweed
17. Nanoparticles
18. Seaweed polysaccharides as sustainable building blocks for biomaterials in tissue engineering

Part 7: Operations for utilization of seaweeds and/or waste solids
19. Utilization of seaweed waste
20. Utilization of seaweed waste: Adsorption of toxic compounds onto invasive seaweed and seaweed wastes

Part 8: Case Studies in Seaweed Biorefinery
21. Biorefinery to produce animal feed, chemicals and biofuels
22. Life cycle assessment of macroalgal biorefinery


Sustainable Seaweed Technologies: Cultivation, Biorefinery, and Applications collates key background information on efficient cultivation and biorefinery of seaweeds, combining underlying chemistry and methodology with industry experience. Beginning with a review of the opportunities for seaweed biorefinery and the varied components and properties of macroalgae, the book then reviews all the key steps needed for industrial applications, from its cultivation, collection and processing, to extraction techniques, concentration and purification. A range of important applications are then discussed, including the production of energy and novel materials from seaweed, before a set of illustrative case studies shows how these various stages work in practice.

Drawing on the expert knowledge of a global team of editors and authors, this book is a practical resource for both researchers and businesses who currently work with macroalgae.

Key Features

  • Highlights the specific challenges and benefits of developing seaweed for sustainable products
  • Presents useful case studies that demonstrate varied approaches and methodologies in practice
  • Covers the complete seaweed chain, from cultivation to waste management


Researchers across academia and industry interested in sustainability, seaweed cultivation, macroalgae, greener chemistry, biofuels, pharmaceuticals, functional foods, nutraceuticals, cosmetics and cosmeceuticals and novel materials


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About the Editors

Maria Dolores Torres

Dr Torres was awarded her PhD in Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of Santiago de Compostela. Currently, she has a research position at the University of Vigo (Spain), where is working on the integral valorisation of brown and red algae using environmental friendly technologies to obtain hydrogels and other components of industrial value.

Affiliations and Expertise

Researcher, University of Vigo, Spain

Stefan Kraan

Dr Kraan is co-founder and Director of R&D at Oceana Organic Products Ltd and Aquaceuticals Ltd, Ireland - two companies that focus on human food, food applications and ingredients using (edible) seaweeds. He moved to Ireland to pursue a PhD on phylogenetics and aquaculture of edible seaweeds at the National University of Ireland, Galway in 1998. He became manager of the Irish Seaweed Industry Organisation (1998), established the Irish Seaweed Centre (2001), and Ocean Harvest Technology (2009), a company dedicated in using seaweeds for animal health and production. After 8 years he resigned to pursue and develop some commercial ideas using seaweeds for a variety of purposes amongst them functional food ingredients for human food and novel algae cultivation systems for biomass production.

Affiliations and Expertise

Co-founder and Director of R&D, Oceana Organic Products Ltd and Aquaceuticals Ltd, Ireland

Herminia Dominguez

Herminia received her PhD Degree in Chemistry from the University of Santiago de Compostela. She is professor of Chemical Engineering at University of Vigo (Spain), where she has been working on the extraction of bioactive compounds from underutilized and residual sources using green technologies, particularly pressurized solvents and membrane technology.

Professor Dominguez has over 144 publications to her name. With a strong focus on research that enhances industrial processes whilst taking a greener approach, she understands the needs of both academic and commercial chemists well, presenting work that intends to support both.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Vigo, Spain