Growth analysis of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii in photoautotrophic culture with microdroplet photobioreactor system

Young Joon Sung, Ho Seok Kwak, Hong Il Choi, Jaoon Young Hwan Kim, Sang Jun Sim

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Recently, microalgae which can produce high-value products have attracted increasing attention for biological conversion of CO2. However, low photosynthetic efficiency and productivity have limited the practical use of microalgae. Thus, we developed microdroplet photobioreactor for the analysis of photoautotrophic growth of model alga, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. CO2 transfer rate was increased by integrating micropillar arrays and adjusting height of microchamber. These results were identified by change of cell growth rate and fluorescence intensity. Lastly, the photoautotrophic growth kinetics of C. reinhardtii in microdroplet photobioreactor were investigated under different CO2 concentrations and light intensities for 96 hours. As a result, microdroplet photobioreactor was efficient platform for isolation and rapid evaluation of microalgal strains which have enhanced productivity of high-value products and growth performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-85
Number of pages6
JournalKorean Chemical Engineering Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017



  • Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
  • CO permeation
  • Microdroplet
  • Photoautotrophic culture
  • Photobioreactor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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