Eleanor Wood

Optimising strain selection and developing a biorefinery for industrially relevant micro-algae

Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)

Prof. Michele Stanley


Eleanor Wood

I have had an interest in algae since my undergraduate degree at Cardiff University, which led to my MSc by Research at SAMS. Since then I have worked at Xanthella Ltd and Swansea University. I have great interest in algal research and I am excited to develop new ideas for obtaining products from algal biomass.
Production of algal biomass is a costly procedure which often produces waste in the form of biomass or water. To make algal production more feasible biorefinery is necessary so that maximum value can be created from the cultivation process.

This project aims to identify the highest value products within the cells of different algal species under varying conditions using analytical techniques such as GCMS and HPLC. Following this, high value components such as pigments, peptides or fatty acids, will be separated from the rest of the biomass using cell disruption and product purification techniques. Remaining biomass will also be analysed and purified for further products such as proteins, lipids or carbohydrates. The industrial partner for this project, Xanthella Ltd, will provide 1 litre photobioreactors and 1000L photobioreactors with submersible LED technology so that successful small scale experiments can be upscaled to a commercial level