Dr Houda Ennaceri
I am honoured to be awarded a Forrest fellowship, which offers me a unique opportunity to join a world-renowned scientific group at Murdoch University, and a great team at the Forrest Hall. As a Forrest fellow, I am working on low-cost solutions for biodiesel production from microalgae, which will contribute to the fastā€track development of carbon-neutral biofuels, which do not compete with food and water demands. The Forrest fellowship allows me to pursue my career objective to make a positive difference in the world through sustainable energy scenarios.

Microalgae have the potential to be an excellent source of sustainable and renewable biofuel. However, different issues surrounding their economic viability and upscale application need to be resolved. Microalgal dewatering requires substantial energy to concentrate the highly dilute microalgal culture and is considered a major bottleneck that limits industrial mass production. Compared to conventional planktonic microalgae growth systems, the attached growth or biofilm-based growth represents several advantages such as higher biomass content compared to liquid culture and lower capital costs, which has a great potential to help microalgal fuels reach economic viability. However, despite the many advantages of biofilm-based growth, limited work has been reported on their use to mass produce microalgal biofuels or bioproducts. Houda’s work focuses on the current challenges in microalgal biofilm development and identifies strategies to improve biofilms growth, to optimise the economics of microalgal biomass production and downstream processing, and to promote the commercial industrialisation of algal biofilm.

ResearchingMicroalgal downstream processing: innovative and low-cost technologies for sustainable microalgal biofuel production
AffiliatedMurdoch University|
Focus areaPlanet, Technology