Unlocking microalgal treasures: Utilization of palm oil mill effluent as growth medium for the production of value-added microalgal compounds

Muhamad Azimatun Nur

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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, we utilize POME as medium growth 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.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • University of Groningen
  • Buma, Anita, Supervisor
  • Timmermans, Klaas, Supervisor
  • Heeres, Hero, Assessment committee
  • Hadiyanto, H., Assessment committee, External person
  • Angelidaki, I., Assessment committee, External person
Award date8-Jun-2020
Place of Publication[Groningen]
Print ISBNs978-94-034-2524-5
Electronic ISBNs978-94-034-2523-8
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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