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dc.contributor.authorEroglu, Ela
dc.contributor.authorMelis, A.
dc.identifier.citationEroglu, E. and Melis, A. 2016. Microalgal hydrogen production research. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. 41 (30): pp. 12772-12798.

Microorganisms can produce hydrogen biologically, with species ranging from photosynthetic and fermentative bacteria to green microalgae and cyanobacteria. In comparison with the conventional chemical or physical hydrogen production methods, biological processes demonstrate several advantages by operating at ambient pressure and temperature conditions, without a requirement for the use of precious metals to catalyze the reactions. In addition to using cellular endogenous substrate from which to extract electrons for H2-production, a number of green microalgae are also endowed with the photosynthetic machinery needed to extract electrons from water, the potential energy of which is elevated by two photochemical reactions prior to reducing protons (H+) for the generation of molecular hydrogen (H2). Sunlight provides the energy for the microalgal overall strongly endergonic reaction of H2O-oxidation, electron-transport, and H2-production. Thanks to a substantial amount of research, a number of diverse experimental approaches have been developed and applied to establish and improve sustainable production of hydrogen. This review summarizes and updates recent developments in microalgal hydrogen production research with emphasis on new trends and novel ideas practiced in this field.

dc.publisherElsevier Ltd
dc.titleMicroalgal hydrogen production research
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
curtin.departmentDepartment of Chemical Engineering
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