The process of extracting lipids from high-moisture Scenedesmus quadricauda microalgae biomass disrupted with microwave was examined. The study showed that microwave pre-treatment is effective in algae cell rupture while microwave power was found to be a significant factor to enhance the degree of cell disruption. Though microwave pre-treatment time had some effect, the degree of cell rupture seemed to decrease after a certain pre-treatment time. The total lipid from Scenedesmus quadricauda sp. were extracted using a mixture methanol and sulphuric acid as an organic solvent. In addition, it was discovered that microwave pre-treatment enhances the disruption of microalgae cells to attain a high level of lipid yields. Optimal lipid yield obtained in this study was 49% at power 600 W, heating time of 8 min and extraction time of 3.5 h.
- Lipid extraction
- Microwave pre-treatment
- Engineering & Applied Science - Senior Lecturer
- Mechanical Engineering & Design - Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering
- Aston Institute of Urban Technology and the Environment (ASTUTE)
- Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI)
Onumaegbu, C., Alaswad, A., Rodriguez, C., & Olabi, A. (2019). Modelling and optimization of wet microalgae Scenedesmus quadricauda lipid extraction using microwave pre-treatment method and response surface methodology. Renewable energy, 132, 1323-1331. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2018.09.008