Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume

Microalgae

Leila Queiroz Zepka

Universidade Federal de Santa Maria

Associate Professor from the Federal University of Santa Maria with more than 500 publications in the area of microalgal biotechnology. Dr. Queiroz Zepka has more than 12 years of teaching and research experience, holding 11 patents and a technological product widely commercialized in Latin America.

Co-editors:

Eduardo Jacob-Lopes

Universidade Federal de Santa Maria

Associate Professor from the Federal University of Santa Maria with more than 600 publications in bioprocess engineering and sustainable engineering. Dr. Jacob-Lopes has more than 15 years of teaching and research experience holds 15 patents and is a technological product widely commercialized in Latin America.

Mariany Costa Deprá

Universidade Federal de Santa Maria

A researcher from the Federal University of Santa Maria and Specialist in the area of microalgal biotechnology, with more than 60 publications/communications. Holder of a registered patent and technological product widely commercialized in Latin America.

Covering

Biomass Productivity Open Pond Systems Closed Systems Photobioreactors Pollutant Removal Bioremediation Fermentation Microbial Fuel Cells Microalgal Biorefinery Climate Change Green Technology Microalgae-Based Products

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About the book

Undeniably, we are experiencing long and complex global challenges. From this perspective, issues associated with serious environmental problems due to the high demand for non-renewable feedstock, such as water scarcity and unrestrained uses for fossil energy, in addition to their respective consequences associated with climate change, may trigger serious social problems on the global scale. However, the first step in solving a problem is to recognize its existence. To relieve these urgencies, microalgal biotechnology has emerged in scientific research as a redemption on industrial processes. However, to date, there is still a long way to go until it becomes an important part of modern industry.


In light of this, the book is proposed in a broad division of five sections, each thematically oriented to specific topics, which aim to consolidate and disseminate what is consolidated in microalgal biotechnology. In addition, scientific innovation and strategies to overcome the main bottlenecks in the application of microalgae biotechnological processes will be presented.


The first section of the book should cover an in-depth analysis of the fundamentals of the basic biology of microalgae. This section aims to compile information on the main microalgal strains used in biotechnological processes and products, in addition to including detailed information on cell physiology, screening methods, and identification of new microalgal strains, the importance of metabolic engineering, as well as disseminating potential phenotypes of interest in industrial biotechnology.


The second section should contemplate the possibilities of adapting the cultivation systems and processes for obtaining microalgal biomass. For this purpose, discussions about the upstream and downstream stages should be reviewed, and scientific innovations associated with cultivation systems, photobioreactor models, as well as new insights about post-processing and biomass recovery techniques, aiming at reducing the demand for biomass energy are proposed.
The third section of the book should include proposals that encompass the main applications of microalgae biotechnological processes in an industrial context. The starting point is to examine processes commonly studied in the microalgal context, which aim to bring benefits to processes that are already consolidated. As is the case of the treatment of industrial effluents from microalgae, as well as the use of these microorganisms as a form of bioremediation. In addition, technologies for converting biomass into products to be used later on the market are strongly recommended for this section.


In the fourth section of the book, new advances in process engineering must be elucidated, relating it to the context of microalgal biotechnology. Thus, software engineering approaches applied to the monitoring of microorganisms, resource recovery aiming at cleaner technology, in addition to the perspective of process integration, optimization systems, technology readiness assessment, and a more accurate look at process control and microalgae biorefinery must be considered. Assessments of environmental indicators such as water demand and carbon footprint, in addition to the potential emissions of greenhouse gases and their potential for climate change are strongly recommended. In addition, economic criteria and indicators, social acceptance, and technology-push policies should be included in this section.
Finally, the fifth section should include a quantitative and qualitative analysis of possible products from microalgae-based processes (bulk and fine chemicals) and their potential market demand and application area should be discussed.

Publishing process

Book initiated and editor appointed

Date completed: November 25th 2021

Applications to edit the book are assessed and a suitable editor is selected, at which point the process begins.

Chapter proposals submitted and reviewed

Deadline for chapter proposals: December 23rd 2021

Potential authors submit chapter proposals ready for review by the academic editor and our publishing review team.

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Approved chapters written in full and submitted

Deadline for full chapters: February 21st 2022

Once approved by the academic editor and publishing review team, chapters are written and submitted according to pre-agreed parameters

Full chapters peer reviewed

Review results due: May 12th 2022

Full chapter manuscripts are screened for plagiarism and undergo a Main Editor Peer Review. Results are sent to authors within 30 days of submission, with suggestions for rounds of revisions.

Book compiled, published and promoted

Expected publication date: July 11th 2022

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About the editor

Leila Queiroz Zepka

Universidade Federal de Santa Maria

Prof. Dr. Leila Queiroz Zepka is currently an associate professor in the Department of Food Technology and Science, Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil. She has more than fifteen years of teaching and research experience. She has published more than 550 scientific publications/communications, including 15 books, 50 book chapters, 100 original research papers, 380 research communications in national and international conferences, and 12 patents. She is a member of the editorial board of five journals and acts as a reviewer for several national and international journals. Her research interests include microalgal biotechnology with an emphasis on microalgae-based products.

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