ISSN 2456-0235

International Journal of Modern Science and Technology


​​​​​​​​​​​​​July 2018, Vol. 3, No. 7, pp 149-160. 

​​​Kinetic Modeling and Evaluation of Optimal Growth, Lipid Enhancement and Harvesting Techniques of Green Microalgae Scenedesmus species

G. Baskar*, I. Aberna Ebenezer Selvakumari
Department of Biotechnology, St. Joseph’s College of Engineering,Chennai – 600 119. India.
​​*Corresponding author’s e-mail:


Scenedesmus species is a unique photosynthetic microalgae accumulates large quantity of lipids. In the present work, Scenedesmus was grown in 3.5 L photobioreactor using modified BBM under optimal conditions. Various algal harvesting techniques includes centrifugation, sedimentation, autoflocculation, chitosan flocculation and flocculation by pH adjustment were evaluated. The highest microalgal biomass yield of 0.9 g/L was observed at pH 10 when the dosage of bioflocculant chitosan of 0.1 g/L. Intracellular lipid content accumulation was evaluated using lipid extraction methods such as Folch, Bligh & Dyer and Modified Bligh & Dyer methods. The most significant increase in lipid content 58% of dry cell weight (dcw) was recorded under nitrogen deficient medium. The kinetic of the growth and lipid production of Scenedesmus sp., were studied under the nitrogen and phosphate deficient conditions using logistic, Luedeking–Piret and Logistic incorporated Leudeking-Piret model.

Keywords: Scenedesmus; Photobioreactor; Bioflocculant; Kinetics; Lipid enhancement


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