Microalgae cultivation for phenolic compounds removal

Riham Surkatti, Sulaiman Al-Zuhair

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Microalgae are promising sustainable and renewable sources of oils that can be used for biodiesel production. In addition, they contain important compounds, such as proteins and pigments, which have large applications in the food and pharmaceutical industries. Combining the production of these valuable products with wastewater treatment renders the cultivation of microalgae very attractive and economically feasible. This review paper presents and discusses the current applications of microalgae cultivation for wastewater treatment, particularly for the removal of phenolic compounds. The effects of cultivation conditions on the rate of contaminants removal and biomass productivity, as well as the chemical composition of microalgae cells are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33936-33956
Number of pages21
JournalEnvironmental Science and Pollution Research
Issue number34
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2018


  • Biochemical composition
  • Biodegradation
  • Microalgae
  • Phenols
  • Wastewater

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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