Research Conducted at Chongqing University of Technology Has Provided New Information about Photobioreactors (High-performance biofilm photobioreactor based on a GeO2-SiO2-chitosan-medium-coated hollow optical fiber)
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Biotech Week -- Investigators discuss new findings in Biotechnology. According to news reporting from Chongqing, People's Republic of China, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "To improve hydrogen production performance, this paper describes a novel approach for fabricating a biofilm photobioreactor by adsorption of the photosynthetic bacteria (PSB) Rhodopseudomonas palustris CQK 01 on a hollow optical fiber (HOF) with a GeO2-SiO2-chitosan medium (GSCM) coating. The composition of the coating is analyzed using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy."
The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from the Chongqing University of Technology, "The biocompatibility of the GSCM-coated HOP and the PSB in the hungry condition are examined. We also quantitatively investigate the biofilm dry weight; protein, polysaccharide, bacteriochlorophyll, carotenoid, and ATP contents of the biofilm cell; and average H-2 production rates. The GSCM-coated HOF exhibits enhanced the biofilm biomass, improved the biofilm activity, and an increased H-2 production rate."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "The proposed photobioreactor yielded fairly stable long-term performance with a hydrogen production rate of 2.65 mmol/L/h, which is 1.56 and 1.51 times higher than those of photobioreactors with an uncoated HOP and with a fiber having a roughened surface obtained by wrapping it in wire mesh, respectively."
For more information on this research see: High-performance biofilm photobioreactor based on a GeO2-SiO2-chitosan-medium-coated hollow optical fiber. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2014;39(19):10016-10027. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy can be contacted at: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, England. (Elsevier - www.elsevier.com; International Journal of Hydrogen Energy - www.elsevier.com/wps/product/cws_home/485)
Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting Q. Liao, Chongqing Univ Technol, Sch Optoelect Informat, Chongqing 400054, People's Republic of China. Additional authors for this research include N.B. Zhong, X. Zhu and R. Chen (see also Biotechnology).
Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Biotechnology, Chongqing, Photobioreactors, People's Republic of China
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