Laboratory for Algae Research and Biotechnology

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About LARB

LARB’s algal biofuel named one of Time magazine’s 50 best inventions of 2008!

With more than 40,000 identified species, microalgae are one of the oldest and most diverse groups of organisms on Earth. They also hold enormous untapped potential for helping to solve some of humanity’s biggest problems.

At the Laboratory for Algae Research and Biotechnology, we are adding to the body of basic research on algae and cyanobacteria, while also conducting applied research into renewable energy production, environmental remediation, and human nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals.

Learn more about our research priorities:

  • Algae-based biofuel production
  • Industrial photobioreactor system design
  • Algae-based bioremediation of air emissions and wastewaters
  • Detection of toxic algae and toxins in water supplies
  • Algae-caused taste and odor problems in drinking water supplies
  • Algae as cell factories
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LARB and AzCATI in the News

Solutions for 'culture crashes' in algal production sought
ASU News | April 19, 2011

Sommerfeld receives recognition for decades of research
ASU News | February 7, 2011

Student's work with algae garners funding
ASU News | November 29, 2010

ASU professors honored with Excellence in Research Award
ASU News | November 12, 2010

Video: Governor provides $2 million grant toward algae research
ASU News | September 28, 2010

Brewer announces $2 million investment in algae fuels research
AZCentral | September 28, 2010

Global algal researchers converge in Phoenix
ASU News | September 23, 2010

Arizona set to become for algae-based, biofuel industry
AZCentral | August 27, 2010

Phoenix named one of best business incubator
Inc. magazine | June 9, 2010

The Saudi Arabia of Algae Oil?
Arizona Department of Environmental Quality | January 4, 2010

Video: Innovator of the Year-Academia Award winners
Video courtesy of Avnet | November 2009

Profs Sommerfeld & Hu honored with Innovator of the Year Award
ASU News | November 20, 2009