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Spyros Svoronos, Ph.D.

Spyros Svoronos

Harry and Bertha Bernstein Professor and Undergraduate Program Coordinator

Areas of Interest

Biological Wastewater Treatment
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


Harry & Bertha Bernstein Professor of Chemical Engineering


Ph.D., 1981, University of Minnesota (1982)

Courses Taught

Selected Publications

  • Effect of Protein Crude Extract on Oxic/Anoxic Diauxic Growth of a Nap-deficient Mutant of Paracoccus pantotrophus.  Yin, J, Stevenson, W, Guo, Z, Koopman, B, Svoronos, SA. J Bioremediat Biodegrad 7:367, (2016)
  • Modeling of continuous self-classifying spiral jet mills part 1: Model structure and validation using mill experiments.  Starkey, D, Taylor, C, Morgan, N, Winston, K, Svoronos, S, Mecholsky ,J, Powers, K, Iacocca, R.  AIChE J 60:4086-4095 (2014)
  • Modeling of continuous self-classifying spiral jet mills part 2: Powder-dependent parameters from characterization experiments.  Starkey, D, Taylor, C, Siddabathuni, ., Parikh, J, Svoronos, S, Mecholsky, J, Powers, K, Iacocca, R.  AIChE J 60:4096–4103 (2014)
  • The Effect of Z-Ligustilide on the Mobility of Human Glioblastoma T98G Cells.  Yin, J, Wang, C, Mody, A, Bao, L, Hung, S-H, Svoronos, SA, Tseng Y.  PLOS ONE |, 8,1-7 (2013)
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