Microalgae are one of the fastest growing organisms on Earth. Their cultivation can be carried out on non-arable land using fresh, brackish or saline water. In this project, fast-growing local microalgae strains are tested and optimised in the laboratory and then cultured in large-scale in our Algae Energy Farms at Pinjarra Hills. A multiple-product biorefinery approach is used, involving both biological and chemical engineering techniques to optimise production of biodiesel, new algae-based food, animal feed and nutraceuticals (omega-3, carotenoids and phytosterols). You can work on any aspect of the project.

Location: St Lucia and Pinjarra Hills

Supervisors: Professor Peer Schenk

Before you apply: contact the primary supervisor for more details

Project members

Professor Peer Schenk

School of Agriculture and Food Sciences