Local author pens chapter for microalgae book

[Global] Title of book, book chapter and publisher: “Biomass and Biofuels from Microalgae”

Editors: Navid R. Moheimani, Mark P. McHenry, Karne de Boer, Parisa A. Bahri. Published by Springer International. Chapter 6 — “Algae-Based Wastewater Treatment for Biofuel Production: Processes, Species, and Extraction Methods” by Stephen R. Lyon, Hossein Ahmadzadeh and Marcia A. Murry.

Synopsis of the book: Microalgae cultivation has an advancing role in solving some of the future limitations of traditional biomass production and markets (i.e., food, feed, energy, emission mitigation, chemicals, materials, etc.). In conjunction with conventional growth systems, new biomass industries such as microalgae must be developed in order to produce large-scale sustainable products cost-effectively. This book presents some of the most promising existing microalgal biomass growth technologies and summarizes some of the novel methodologies for sustainable and commercial microalgae production.

Synopsis of book chapter: This chapter develops the principles and rationale for an algae-based biofuel production coupled to bioremediation of municipal and agricultural waste waters. A synergistic model for algal wastewater treatment is proposed, which addresses several economic bottlenecks to earlier algal systems and promotes value-added products, including a high-quality effluent in addition to biodiesel to improve the economic feasibility of algal biofuels. Finally, we review candidate species for full-scale algae production ponds based on algal structure, physiology and ecology, and methods for extraction of algal oils for biodiesel production and co-products.

Is this your first book? I co-authored three previous book chapters on water pollution research and was sole author on the book chapter “Multivariate Statistical Applications in Microbial Ecology” in Molecular Microbial Ecology Manual by Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Why did you write the book? I have been following and occasionally working in the field of applied algae research since 1973. This chapter is a distillation of the ideas that I have developed over the past four decades.

How long did it take you to write the book? My co-authors and I spent a year on re-writes before we came up with the final draft of the chapter.

How did you get interested in writing? I have been doing technical writing and field research since I was in secondary school and have always enjoyed scientific writing. One of the great challenges in technical writing is to adjust the level of complexity for different audiences. This book chapter was geared towards people interested in environmental engineering and biofuels so we had to stick to the main idea of algae-based waste water treatment systems that would yield several sources of revenue and not get lost in detailed descriptions of different algae.

Where is the book available for purchase? The book can be purchased from Amazon.com or directly from the publisher: http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-319-16640-7.

The individual book chapter can be purchased online from the publisher as well:http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-16640-7_6.

Is the book available at the library? Not at this time.

Website or Facebook page readers can visit for more information:http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-319-16640-7 and http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-16640-7_6.


Name: Stephen Lyon, Ph.D.

Age: 60

Current town/city of residence: Mount Pleasant

Connection to Racine County: Resident of Racine County for six years

Occupation: Scientist with Sealed Air Corp. in Sturtevant


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