In Memory of Dr. Milt

The algae industry lost a giant this past month – Arizona State University’s lead researcher, Dr. Milton Sommerfeld. A veteran of the industry-spawning Aquatic Species Program, Dr. Sommerfeld until most recently was a Professor in the Department of Applied Biological Sciences and Co-director of the…

AIM Interview: ASU’s Dr. Milton Sommerfeld

Big algae news in the state of Arizona is the $15 million award by the Department of Energy to Arizona State University to establish a national algae science and technology testbed, dubbed the Algae Testbed…

AIM Interview: Heliae CEO Dan Simon—Page 2

How did your ethanol perspective play into the new strategy? When I left my previous company I had learned enough about the biofuel industry to base any decision for starting the next company on five…

AIM Interview: Heliae CEO Dan Simon

Nestled in the Phoenix, Arizona suburb of Gilbert—a quickly growing community aspiring to be a magnet for algae businesses—Heliae is beginning to emerge from the shroud of secrecy that has surrounded them…

ASU Algae Researchers Link Cell Wall Degradation to CO2

A research team from the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University has developed a process that reprograms photosynthetic microbes to secrete lipids, making byproduct recovery and conversion to biofuels…

A.I.M. Interview: ASU’s Dr. Qiang Hu

When a guy like Mark Edwards says, “He is the smartest guy I know,” I have to pay attention. “Who is the smartest guy you know?” I ask him. “Yes,” he says. “Hu is the smartest guy I know”…

Science Foundation Arizona and ASU Start Algae R&D Center

Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz) and Arizona State University (ASU) on have announced the creation of a world-class center dedicated to researching and bringing to fruition “green” technologies using algae…

Algae 101 Part Eight: Algae Action—The Second Wave

The first wave of algal activity followed the OPEQ oil embargo that generated considerable R&D working towards energy independence. That first wave culminated in the birth of the Department of…