UIUC Algae Biofuels

Members - Chih-Ting Kuo
Background - Research - Presentations - Awards

Chih-Ting Kuo joined Dr. Lance Schideman's group at 2008. His bachelor's degree was completed in the department of Bio-Industrial Mechatronics Engineering at National Taiwan University, 2007. Following his bachelor's degree Chih-Ting entered the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) as a research assistant. Chih-Ting's previous research involved microbial fuel cell (MFC) and biodiesel/glycerol analysis. While working at ITRI, he developed interest in algal biofuel. He believes algal biofuels can be the solution to today's energy crisis and global warming. Currently, his research projects include designing novel algal reactors and developing new harvest methods.

Algae bloom in Gulf of Mexico (TOP). Algae float on the top by dissolve air floatation (MIDDLE). Algae reactor with LED and harvest cone (BOTTOM).


Chih-Ting's current research focuses on the following areas:

  • Opportunities of harvest algae bloom prior death phase thus mitigate hypoxia zone
  • Energy flow model for different biofuel conversion process versus different biomass components
  • High density algae cultivation with specific wavelength light
  • Novel algae reactor design

Previous work has included:

  • The impact of different microorganisms in microbial fuel cell
  • Biodiesel co-product: Glycerol purification
  • Light tracer device: Automatically adjusted solarplates toward light on LabVIEW base



Chih-Ting has presented at the following conferences:

  • Alage Biomass Summit, Phenix, AZ. Oral Presenter, Sept 2010
  • WEFTEC-2011 , Oral and Poster Presentation, July 2011
  • International Conference on Algae Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts, Poster Presentation , July 2011
  • Algae Biomass Summit, Poster Presentation, Oct 2011
  • WaterCon 2012 Student/Young Professional Poster Presentation, March 2012

Coming soon...

Chih-Ting has received the following academic awards:

  • Certification Presidential Award, June 2007
  • National Science Council of Taiwan College Student Research Scholarship, 2007
  • Government Scholarship for Studying Abroad (GSSA), Sept 2011
  • WaterCon 2012 Student/Young Professional Poster Session 1st place, March 2012