Western Zickefoose, Chemical Engineering
“Initiating bioengineering at UNH: The bioreactor demonstration project”
A bioreactor is a device for propagating living cells including bacteria, yeast and eukaryotic cells. A bioreactor is a bioengineering tool to study optimal conditions for cell growth and to obtain a large quantity of cells that may produce products useful to their biopharmaceutical or biotechnology properties. The BioFlo 110 unit is capable of growing bacteria, yeast or mammalian cells. For this demonstration project, oleaginous yeast will be grown following procedures outlined in the literature. This project will demonstrate our commitment to educating chemical engineers in the fundamentals of bioengineering by providing a prototype project using a bioreactor. Lipid production by the yeast could potentially be an important feedstock for biofuel production.