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PhD ceremony M.M. (Azimatun) Nur: Unlocking Microalgal Treasures - Utilization of palm oil mill effluent as growth medium for the production of value-added microalgal compounds

When:Mo 08-06-2020 at 16:15
Where:Via Live stream


PhD ceremony: M.M. (Azimatun) Nur, M
When: June 8, 2020
Start: 16:15

Prof. dr. A. (Anita) G.J. Buma, Prof. dr. K.R. (Klaas) Timmermans

Where: Via live stream:
Faculty: Science and Engineering
Institute: Energy and Sustainability Research Institute Groningen (ESRIG)

Indonesia is well known as the largest oil palm producer in the world. Along with the production, a large amount of palm oil mill effluent (POME) is also generated, which could pollute the environments. In this thesis, POME is utilized as growth medium of microalgae to produce value-added products such as fucoxanthin, phycocyanin, and sulphated exopolysaccharide. We found that microalgae could grow well on POME. Environmental and nutritional factors influenced the growth and the value-added production. By implementing this method, a dual purpose was reached: lowering nutrients and pollutant from POME, and in other hand, producing high value-added products.