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Catherine Hill

Large scale microfluids for low cost effective algal dewatering

Heriot Watt University

Prof. Nicholas Willoughby


Catherine Hill

My background is within Chemical Engineering, graduating with a MEng from Heriot-Watt University in 2018. In my final year research project I explored the effect that the processing of microalgae using microfluidics had on their cell growth. I am now undertaking a PhD at Heriot-Watt University on a project in collaboration with uFraction8 titled: 'Large-scale microfluidics for low-cost effective algal dewatering'. The project will focus on the use microfluidic systems as an alternative to existing downstream processing technologies for algae, such as filtration and electrical processes. I will investigate different algae, different system designs, consider integration and scale-up of systems for industrial deployment and the impact of processing on algae.

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