Dr. Binh Nguyen and Dr. Bruce Rittmann recently published a study on Environmental Science & Technology that models and validates Dissolved Inorganic Carbon (DIC) of microalgae culture. The study employed Proton Condition balance to quantify DIC changes based on biomass produced, nitrogen sources (ammonium, nitrate and combining ammonium-nitrate) and growth pH. The predictions were validated using cyanobacteriumSynechocystis sp. PCC 6803 as the model organism and self-built pH-Stat PBRs. This systematic study is a crucial step to manage DIC and support microalgal culture achieving optimal biomass productivity.
Congratulations to Binh Nguyen, who successfully defended his dissertation today, "The Effects of Light Intensity, Nitrogen Sources and Growth Kinetics on Growing Cyanobacteria." Binh's committee includes his chair Dr. Bruce Rittmann, Dr. Paul Westerhoff, and Dr. Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown. Congrats Binh!
Congratulations to Devyn Fajardo-Williams, who successfully defended her Master thesis on July 20. Devyn's thesis focuses on the bioremediation of trichloroethylene (TCE) using an upflow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor. Her committee includes her chair Dr. Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown, Dr. César Torres, and Dr. Sudeep Popat. Congrats Devyn!