Cafe Sci: Green fuel - Environmentally friendly and from seaweed

Emily Kostas

Faculty of Science, Sutton Bonnington, Nottingham University

The rapid decline of fossil fuels and increase in carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere has encouraged the production of biofuels from many different plant based feedstocks. Algae, a form of seaweed, are high in carbohydrates that have the ability to be converted to biofuels and are in fact already being used in the cosmetic, pharmaceutical, healthcare and medical industries, for example, the sugar ‘agar’, is used as a bacterial growth medium in scientific research.

I am a 2nd year PhD student working on a project that seeks to biorefine seaweeds which are native to the UK, for biofuel and valuable chemical production. This talk will cover; the reasons why we need to find alternative sources of energy, the current status of biofuels, why seaweeds are looking like a promising feedstock for biofuel production and their current research status, in addition to other products that can be extracted from seaweeds.

MEETING FORMAT: Our speaker talks, uninterrupted for 20 minutes, to introduce his topic. During a break to get drinks, the Hat goes round. Then there is an hour’s chaired question and answer session. Cafe Sci is funded by the Hat (no sponsors). We suggest a contribution £5 (waged) or £2 - £3 (unwaged). Full details here.

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