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University of Delaware Lab Group Receives Extra Funding in Algae Research

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LEWES, Del.- A University of Delaware Associate Scientist that has been testing algae in her Lewes lab for years will receive extra funding.

Jennifer Stewart has been experimenting with algae, attempting to filter out the air pollutants from power plant emissions. The lab group plans to take biomass that they are making from the algae to convert it to bio-fuels and bio-products, in turn, reducing dependency on foreign oil.

Stewart's research is all grant funded. For this specific project, the group has received funding from multiple federal agencies.

"We have the National Science Foundation funding, NOA, Delaware Sea Grant and the Department of Energy through a partnership with Arizona State University as well," Stewart said.

The bioreactor the group uses is outside and has a 500 liter capacity. The goal of the machine is to show at a larger scale than what you would see in a flask at a lab that what laboratory results are showing will actually be relevant in real world conditions.

The lab group is made up of all women. Although Stewart is a supporter of women and science, she says she was merely a coincidence.

"They were the most qualified candidates at the time, which bodes well, but I am extremely active in inspiring women in the science community and retaining women in science," Stewart said.

The group has spent the past couple months traveling to gain research experience and collaborations. The next stop for the group will be New York.

The lab has received an additional two years of funding, however, Jennifer would like to continue on with this research for a lot longer.

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