Spyros Svoronos
Ph.D., 1981, University of Minnesota (1982)
Ph : 352-392-9101
264 ChESC
Research Areas:
Bioenergy and Biological Wastewater Treatment
Project: Biofuel Production from Saline Cyanobacteria.
Although microalgae provide excellent means of capturing sunlight and atmospheric carbon dioxide, impediments to their widespread utilization are the inability to grow algae in a sustainable manner--without large inputs of freshwater and nutrients--and to economically separate valuable products. The research aims to establish a path for the economic production of a biofuel (methane) and a bioproduct (polysaccharide). It utilizes a remarkable cyanobacterium that eliminates the need for freshwater inputs or external addition of nitrogenous nutrients and avoids expensive purification methods for product recovery. The project is in collaboration with Professor Pratap Pullammanappallil of the UF Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department and Professor Edward J. Phlips of the UF School of Forest Resources and Conservation.
Recent Publications
1. Yin J., Wang C., Mody A., Bao L., Hung S.-H., Svoronos S.A., and Tseng Y., " The Effect of Z-Ligustilide on the Mobility of Human Glioblastoma T98G Cells," PLOS ONE | www.plosone.org, 8,1-7 (2013)
2. Geddes CC., Peterson J.J., Mullinnix M.T., Svoronos S.A., Shanmugam K.T., and Ingram L.O., "Optimizing cellulase usage for improved mixing and rheological properties of acid-pretreated sugarcane bagasse," Bioresour. Tech., 101, 9128-9136 (2010).
3. Lee D.-U., Woo S.-H., Svoronos S.A. and Koopman B, "Influence of alternating oxic/anoxic conditions on growth of denitrifying bacteria," Water Research, 44, 1819-1824 (2010).
4. Durvasula K., Jantama K., Fischer K., Vega A., Koopman B., and Svoronos S.A., "Effect of periplasmic nitrate reductase on diauxic lag of Paracoccus antotrophus," Biotech. Progress, 25, 973-979 (2009).
5. El-Midany A.A., El-Shall H.E., and Svoronos S.A., "Bubbles growth and their stability in reactive flotation process," Chem. Eng. and Processing, 48, 1534-1538 (2009).