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Energy and Sustainability
Biological organisms have enormous impact on global energy systems. Biological organisms store solar energy, generate and convert fuels, and are a huge input into global carbon cycles that must be understood if climate change models are to be used with any success. Microfluidic devices are often the appropriate tools to use to study these systems, as they provide rapid, inexpensive, or sophisticated analysis. Our interests include:

Archival Publications

PDF version of Bono, Ahner, Kirby:
Detection of algal lipid accumulation due to nitrogen limitation via dielectric spectroscopy of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii suspensions in a coaxial transmission line sample cell

Bono MS, Ahner BA, Kirby BJ,
"Detection of algal lipid accumulation due to nitrogen limitation via dielectric spectroscopy of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii suspensions in a coaxial transmission line sample cell", Bioresource Technology, Volume 143, pp.623–631, 2013. doi pdf(with errata)

Presentations and Other Publications
28 Mar 2013

Bono MS , Ahner BA , Kirby BJ
Quantitative in situ measurement of algal lipid content via dielectric spectroscopy, Division of Analytical Chemistry oral session on "Characterization of Algal Lipids" at the 245th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiania.

30 Sep-5 Oct 2012

Kirby BJ
"Dielectric and dielectrophoretic measurements and manipulations of cells for human health and energy applications", SciX 2012, Kansas City, MO.

28 Mar 2012

Bono MS , Rhoads K , Ahner BA , Kirby BJ
Dielectric measurement of algal lipid content, Division of Analytical Chemistry oral session on "Challenges in Algal Biofuels: Biochemistry, Lipid Extraction and Analysis" at the 243rd ACS National Meeting, San Diego, California.

10 Jun 2011

Bono MS , Rhoads K , Ahner BA , Kirby BJ
Dielectric measurement of algal lipid content for biodiesel production, 11th New York Complex Matter Workshop, Syracuse, NY.

30 Mar 2011

Bono MS , Kirby BJ
Microfluidic dielectric spectroscopy of particle and cell solutions, Division of Analytical Chemistry poster session at the 241st ACS National Meeting, Anaheim, California.

Batch cultures of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii (left) and Chlorella vulgaris (right).
Relative lipid content of Chlorella vulgaris cultured in replete and nitrogen-limited medium, measured via Nile Red fluorescence.
Measured impedance magnitude (top) and angle (bottom) for a suspension of E. coli cells (blue) and the suspending medium with no cells present (black).