Diatom: Large-Scale Production, Engineering Applications, and Commercial Potentials
Member of National Academy of Engineering
TCS Building 240
Diatoms are photosynthetic, eukaryotic microalgae found in the Bacillariophyta and other families. There are more than 200 genera of living diatoms and approximately 100,000 extant species. Because of its unique property and nano-structure, diatom offers a competitive edge over other microalgae as an economical crop for biofuel, a reinforcement agent for polymers, and an absorbent for removing contaminants and radioactive materials.
This presentation will introduce diatom and its applications for agricultural biomass production, water treatment, and additive manufacturing.
Dr. Jaw-Kai Wang was a professor and Chairman of Agricultural Engineering Department and Professor of Molecular Sciences and Bioengineering Department at the University of Hawaii. He is also an elected member of National Academy of Engineering. He earned his Ph.D. at the Michigan State University in 1958. He has served as consultants/advisors to FAO, World Bank, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Rockefeller Foundation. Dr. Wang is a co-founder of the Shenzhen Jawkai Bioengineering R&D Center in December of 2008, serving now as its President and Chief of Technology. His research interests include marine and fresh water biomass production, renewable energy, environmental engineering, agricultural and food engineering.