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A Nanoparticle-based Coagulation Method for Cost-effective Microalgae Harvesting

Colorado School of Mines

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Technology Marketing SummaryIn this invention we report a method to harvest microalgae that is both cost-effective and efficient.
DescriptionCurrent methods (centrifugation, filtration, flotation and ultrasound sedimentation) all have draw backs in either cost or interference of downstream processes.   This method uses nanoparticles in a unique manner so the microalgae coagulate and are easily and efficiently harvested.  The nanoparticles and other materials can be massed-produced at low cost, are reusable and require no post-harvesting processes to be removed.   Benefits
  • Cost-effective
  • Efficient
  • Inert to downstream processes
Applications and Industries
  • Energy production
  • Biofuels
More InformationWe are seeking an exclusive or non-exclusive licensee for marketing, manufacturing, and sale of this technology.Technology Status
Development StageAvailabilityPublishedLast Updated
DevelopmentAvailable04/06/201104/06/2011

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To: William Vaughan<wvaughan@mines.edu>