Naomi S. Bright

Naomi S. Bright
MIT ChemE | Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scholar
Advisor: Jean-Francois Hamel
Department: Chemical Engineering
Areas of Research: Chemical Engineering
Years: 2018-2019
Research Project Title:

Optimization of Micro Algae for Lipid Production

abstract:Microalgae have the potential for mass cultivation that will allow us to supply our energy demand as fossil fuel availability decreases. However, to do this, we must identify the reactor type that allows for maximum lipid production. This research is focused on the efficacy of Schizochytrium Limacinum (S.limancinum), a type of microalgae, for lipid production in perfusion versus batch culture for biodiesel applications. Here, we culture S.limancinum in a perfusion reactor using a novel microfluidics device after characterizing the microfluidic device efficiency at separating the cells from media. The batch and perfusion method will be compared based on the quantity of lipid produced per gram of dry cell in order to identify which cultivation method should be used moving forward.

“I am participating in the SuperUROP in order to hone my research skills in the area of renewable energy and participate in research at a level similar to what is expected in graduate school.”