Linkage Projects - Grant ID: LP150100225 [ 2015-09-16 - 2019-07-01 ]

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Researchers: Prof Colin Raston AO FAA (Chief Investigator) ,  Prof Wei Zhang (Chief Investigator)

Brief description Application of Vortex Fluidics in Macroalgal Biorefinery. This project aims to improve seaweed processing to deliver multiple high-value products including alginate, fucoidan and laminarin, which have food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical uses. The project integrates an advanced biorefinery process with a vortex fluidic device to accelerate chemical reactions, reduce the catalysts and chemicals used, and improve product yield and productivity. Application of the device in the critical steps of enzymatic digestion, acid and alkaline extraction, and precipitation is intended to deliver significant water, energy, chemical and cost saving. It is anticipated that the innovation will lead to the establishment of a new sustainable seaweed processing industry in Australia.

Funding Amount $543,000

Funding Scheme Linkage Projects

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