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Original members of the Aquatic Species Program – the groundbreaking 18-year US government sponsored study of algae as a potential petroleum alternative – reunited at this year’s ABS. Seen here at the Arizona State University booth, on the occasion of the launching of their Algae Testbed Public-Private Partnership (ATP3) facilitated by a $15M award from the DOE. left to right: Paul Roessler, Chief Scientist, Algenol Biofuels Inc., Keith Cooksey, Professor, Microbiology, Montana State University, Dan Anderson, Northwest Environmental Specialties, F. Blaine Metting, Manager, Biological Sciences Division, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Joe Weissman, Distinguished Scientific Associate, ExxonMobil. Nick Nagle, senior engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratories, Milton Sommerfeld, co-director, Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI), Arizona State University, Eric Jarvis, National Renewable Energy Laboratories, John Benemann, Chief Executive Officer, MicroBio Engineering, Inc., Thomas Dempster, Research Professor, Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI), Arizona State University. Photo: Amelia Huggins, ASU


ABS Celebrates Young Algae Researchers and ASP Veterans

September 27, 2012

Six student scientists were presented with the first Young Algae Researcher Awards today in Denver for their contributions to fields of algae biology and engineering on the final day of the 2012 Algae Biomass Summit, the official conference of the Algal Biomass Organization (ABO).

The awards are presented at the world’s largest gathering of algae industry and academic leaders to recognize outstanding research projects by early-career scientists that are finding new ways to use algae to create a range of renewable fuel and chemical products, remediate polluted water and consume carbon dioxide.

A total of 26 applications and posters were received from U.S. and international students from Canada, Qatar and the Netherlands.

“There were so many highly qualified applications it was hard to make a decision,” said David Levin, of the University of Manitoba. “The future is bright for our industry and our planet with so many young, brilliant and dedicated students.”

The Young Algae Research Awards are presented to winners for research conducted in two subject areas: biology and engineering.

For outstanding research in algae biology awards went to:

1st Prize:  Beth Rasala, University of California San Diego, Development of molecular genetic tools for algae biotechnology.

2nd Prize: Justin Ungerer, National Renewable Energy Lab, Sustained photosynthetic conversion of CO2 to ethylene in Synechocystis 6803.

3rd Prize: Henri Gerken, AzCATI at Arizona State University, Advanced characteristics of Chorella vulgaris cell walls by enzymatic degradation.

For outstanding research in algae engineering awards went to:

1st Prize:  Esteban Hincapie, Colorado State University, Design of a continuous flow algae harvesting devise: Ultrasonic property measurements and finite element analysis.

2nd Prize:  Katerine Napan, Utah State University, Biodiesel production in combination with bioremediation of heavy metals from flue gas using microalgae.

3rd Prize: Alex McCurdy, Utah State University, Biodiesel from algae, yeast, and bacteria: Engine performance and exhaust emissions

The Algae Biomass Summit concluded Thursday afternoon. Information on the event, including a full agenda is available at http://algaebiomasssummit.org.  Ongoing developments can also be monitored via the Twitter hashtag #ABS12. Next year’s Summit will be held in Orlando, Florida.

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