Integration Process for Protein Extraction from Microalgae Using Liquid Biphasic Electric Flotation (LBEF) System

Revathy Sankaran, Pau Loke Show, Yu Shen Cheng, Yang Tao, Xia Ao, Thi Dong Phuong Nguyen, Dong Van Quyen

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Microalgae are the most promising sources of protein, which have high potential due to their high-value protein content. Conventional methods of protein harnessing required multiple steps, and they are generally complex, time consuming, and expensive. Currently, the study of integration methods for microalgae cell disruption and protein recovery process as a single-step process is attracting considerable interest. This study aims to investigate the novel approach of integration method of electrolysis and liquid biphasic flotation for protein extraction from wet biomass of Chlorella sorokiniana CY-1 and obtaining the optimal operating conditions for the protein extraction. The optimized conditions were found at 60% (v/v) of 1-propanol as top phase, 250 g/L of dipotassium hydrogen phosphate as bottom phase, crude microalgae loading of 0.1 g, air flowrate of 150 cc/min, flotation time of 10 min, voltage of 20 V and electrode’s tip touching the top phase of LBEF. The protein recovery and separation efficiency after optimization were 23.4106 ± 1.2514% and 173.0870 ± 4.4752%, respectively. Comparison for LBEF with and without the aid of electric supply was also conducted, and it was found that with the aid of electrolysis, the protein recovery and separation efficiency increased compared to the LBEF without electrolysis. This novel approach minimizes the steps for overall protein recovery from microalgae, time consumption, and cost of operation, which is beneficial in bioprocessing industry.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)749-761
Number of pages13
JournalMolecular Biotechnology
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2018


  • Electric
  • Integration
  • Liquid biphasic flotation
  • Microalgae
  • Protein


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