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Characterization of oil-producing microalgae using Raman spectroscopy

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    0367370 - ÚPT 2012 RIV DE eng J - Journal Article
    Samek, Ota - Zemánek, Pavel - Jonáš, Alexandr - Telle, H.H.
    Characterization of oil-producing microalgae using Raman spectroscopy.
    Laser Physics Letters. Roč. 8, č. 10 (2011), s. 701-709. ISSN 1612-2011. E-ISSN 1612-202X
    R&D Projects: GA MŠk OC08034; GA MŠk ED0017/01/01; GA ČR GAP205/11/1687
    Grant - others:EC(XE) PERG 06-GA-2009-256526
    Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20650511
    Keywords : Raman spectroscopy * algae * lipids * biofuel * iodine value * microorganisms
    Subject RIV: BH - Optics, Masers, Lasers
    Impact factor: 9.970, year: 2011

    Raman spectroscopy offers a powerful alternative analytical method for the detection and identification of lipids/oil in biological samples, such as algae and fish. Recent research in the authors' groups, and experimental data only very recently published by us and a few other groups suggest that Raman spectroscopy can be exploited in instances where fast and accurate determination of the iodine value (associated with the degree of lipid unsaturation) is required. Here the current status of Raman spectroscopy applications on algae is reviewed, and particular attention is given to the efforts of identifying and selecting oil-rich algal strains for the potential mass production of commercial biofuels and for utilization in the food industry.
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