By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Engineering -- Research findings on Chemical Engineering are discussed in a new report. According to news reporting out of Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, by VerticalNews editors, research stated, "Cultivation of microalgae biomass for biodiesel production has been placed as one of the forefront research fields that gained wide interest from researchers across the world. Nevertheless, after extracting the lipid from the microalgae biomass, little attention is given on the possibility to convert the microalgae biomass residues to other value-added co-products."
Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the University of Science Malaysia, "In the present study, the microalgae biomass residues were utilized by recovering valuable carbohydrate compound remaining in the biomass after lipid extraction. Parametric study on the carbohydrate hydrolysis conditions was performed to obtain low-molecular-weight maltodextrin from the microalgae carbohydrate. It was found that the highest maltodextrin yield (90%) could be attained by using 3 vol.% of H2SO4 (or 0.56 M) at operating temperature of 90 degrees C after 1 h of hydrolysis time."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "In addition, the maltodextrin obtained from the microalgae biomass residues was resistant to enzymatic hydrolysis, in which this form of maltodextrin is usually denoted as resistant maltodextrin."
For more information on this research see: Utilizing lipid-extracted microalgae biomass residues for maltodextrin production. Chemical Engineering Journal, 2014;235():224-230. Chemical Engineering Journal can be contacted at: Elsevier Science Sa, PO Box 564, 1001 Lausanne, Switzerland. (Elsevier - www.elsevier.com; Chemical Engineering Journal - www.elsevier.com/wps/product/cws_home/601273)
Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting M.K. Lam, University of Sains Malaysia, Sch Chem Engn, Nibong Tebal 14300, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia. Additional authors for this research include I.S. Tan and K.T. Lee.
Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Malaysia, Pulau Pinang, Chemical Engineering
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