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Summer Focus on the Physical Sciences and Quantitative Research: Optimization of Extracellular Polysaccharide Breakdown into Monosaccharides

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Summer Focus on the Physical Sciences and Quantitative Research: Optimization of Extracellular Polysaccharide Breakdown into Monosaccharides
Series Title:
Journal of Undergraduate Research
Creator:
Hursh, John
Meyer, Brandon
Svoronos, Spyros
Pullammanappallil, Pratap
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Gainesville, Fla.
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University of Florida
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English

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In an effort to diversify fuel options, the College of Engineering at the University of Florida has investigated biofuel development from algae. Microalgae can be isolated from Florida waters and produce large amounts of extracellular polysaccharides (EPS). In order to produce biofuel from the algae, the lab currently utilizes digesters to consume algal biomass to produce methane biofuel. An alternative method in creating biofuel, breaking down sugars for later conversion to ethanol, was investigated. Ethanol is produced from sugars in fruits and grains but can also be produced from sugar derivatives after algal EPS is broken down. The EPS develops in the algal growth medium and is separated from the growth media before getting broken down with an enzyme, acid, and heat treatment. At this point the EPS will be converted to sugars the yeast can consume. This investigation aims at understanding how best to break down the EPS into monosaccharides in the most cost-effective way possible. This optimization process will ensure the lab’s efforts are applied most efficiently in the future and contextualize the material feasibility of algal biofuels.

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