Development of Microwave Assisted Cell Disruption of Biomass and Extraction of Valuable Compounds
The project aims to develop an integrated process and reactor design for future industrial implementation, where by-products from agro-industrial processes (e.g. carrot peels) can be valorized by recovering high-value non-polar components (e.g. carotenoids, well recognized natural pigments and widely used in the food and cosmetic industries) through a microwave intensified microemulsion extraction process. The AMICREX concept can be extended to address the challenges proposed by extraction of non-polar metabolites, especially carotenoids, from other renewable biomass sources (e.g. Microalgae).