Grant for Algae oil researchA Kansas State University researcher's work on making the costs of algae oil production more economical is being recognized by the National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development programme.
K-State's Weinqiao "Wayne" Yuan, assistant professor of biological and agricultural engineering, has received a five-year, $400,000 grant through the foundation's CAREER programme for his project, "Multi-scale Structured Solid Careers Enabling Algae Biofuels Manufacturing in the Ocean."
The long-term goal of Yuan's project is to make energy manufacturing from algae economically viable. His vision is to identify the best large solid carriers -- thin sheets of metals or polymers - that oil-rich algae can be grown on for biofuels manufacturing in the ocean. The project also includes determining what surface textures - such as smooth or dimpled -- are best for algae growth through both experimental and theoretical investigations. Login to Post a Comment