Hatice Burak

Hatice Burak

PhD student in Chemical and Biological Engineering

Email: h.burak@sheffield.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)114 22 28267

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
The University of Sheffield
Sir Robert Hadfield Building
Portobello Street
Sheffield, S1 3JD,
United Kingdom

Research

Biography

Carbon dioxide emitted from industry is major reason of the greenhouse effect. Due to the legislation regarding the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere, factories need to decrease the emission. Four things are essential for algae to photosynthesise: solar radiation from the sun, inorganic carbon in the form of carbon dioxide, minerals/nutrients and water. Since the algae use carbon dioxide as a source of carbon for photosynthesis, the algae cultivation could be best solution for flue gas treatment. On the other hand, produced micro-algal biomass can be used to produce biofuels, or as a feedstock for agri- and aqua- culture and high value find chemicals such as omega 3 oils and carotenoid pigments, astaxanthin and β-carotene.

I completed my undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering at Izmir Institute of Technology, Turkey. I then worked as a process engineer in a food company before starting my Master degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering at University of Sheffield. Concerns about the climate change and the greenhouse effect, gave a different direction to my studies. Now, I am a first year PhD student at Sheffield working on algae growth for carbon capture released from the industry.

Supervisors

Dr Alan Dumbar

Dr Jim Gilmour