Efficient operation of bioreactors using nonlinear dynamical systems theory
Project Description & Objectives:
A recent novel strategy, using two bioreactors in series with one forcing the other, has shown promising results in terms of yield improvement. Work so far has been preliminary, and has relied only upon numerical calculations. This approach is not only slow but has been reported to omit optimum operating conditions. This interdisciplinary project will apply systematic, efficient and robust mathematical techniques from dynamical systems theory to such reactor engineering problems. We will also establish a general framework by which multiple reactor chemical or bioengineering systems (such as sludge wastewater treatment plants, production of ethanol via fermentation tanks) can be efficiently investigated to determine optimum reactor performance.