Collaborative visit to Mexico

During last week (13.02.17-17.02.17), part of Swansea University team of PhycoPigment project (Innovate Uk- Newton-CONACYT), Dr Claudio Fuentes-Grunewald  and Dr Bob Lovitt visited INECOL and Tecnológico de Monterrey facilities in Mexico. It was the first face to face meeting with our Mexican colleagues and it was a great opportunity to discuss latest results of our experiments. Swansea University Team in this project Robert Bob W Lovitt, Carole A Llewellyn, Alla Silkina, Darren Oatley-Radcliffe Tecnológico de Monterrey colleagues Saul García @Gibran Aleman Nava, INECOL team @Eugenia Olguínmexico-visit-tec-1


PhycoPigments: Novel manufacturing methods for high value pigments products from microalgae

PhycoPigment is a collaboration of academics and industry in UK :Dr Alla SilkinaDr Claudio Fuentes Grunewald, Dr Carole Llewellyn (Swansea University) and Membranology Ltd with Mexico partners (INECOL, Tecnológico de Monterrey and ALTESO) that aims to develop novel production-process technologies for a range of high value protein based water soluble pigments from microalgae from laboratory up to demonstration. The resultant materials produced would be of sufficient quantities to allow for testing and assessment as a high-quality additive for food and other pharmaceutical applications. This will involve investigating microalgae production methods in a range of photobioreactors with innovative enhanced induction processes. Novel environmentally friendly extraction and purification procedures will be developed based on the use of scalable membrane technology to increase the value of the products. The sterile final products will be as natural additives in a range of foods, beverages, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical products. The resultant demonstration scale process will be evaluated for its economic, social and environmental benefits as applied in Mexico and the UK and will be a firm foundation for impact in the longer term. The 2 years (2016-2018) project is sponsored by Innovate UK and CONACYT under the Newton Mexico fund.

Algae-bacteria cultivation trial in PBR

A new experimental trial will start today growing Nannochloropsis oculata with a probiotic bacteria in 600L Photobioreactor. The aim of this study to scale the algal bacteria culture. To see how the presence of bacteria stabilise the algal culture and increase probiotic properties. This experiment is developed by Shariza Azizan, Commonwealth PhD fellow from University Putra Malaysia (Malaysia) with Help of Claudio Fuentes-Grunewald  and Alla Silkina.



Aims: To produce seaweeds for renewable feedstotocks using innovative technology pipeline Funding Body: EPSRC – Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Duration: five years from 2013 to 2018 Key people:

Fleuriane Fernandes – Research Assistant RA

Kevin Flynn – PI

Maria Scolamacchia – Technical support

Keith Naylor – Technical advisor

Hanna Nuuttila – Technical advisor

Jessica Knoop – Technical support PhD candidate

Sara Barrento – Post Doc Research Assistant PDRA

Claudio Fuentes Grünewald – Post Doc Research Assistant PDRA


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