George Espie

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Recent Research Projects

Physiological and Molecular Analysis of the Cyanobacterial CO2 Concentrating Mechanism

2015/16-2019/20 • $140,000 • PI
My research examines parts of the photosynthesis process in a group of aquatic microorganisms called cyanobacteria and microalgae. These organisms are important global contributors to the renewal of the oxygen supply in our atmosphere, energy capture and primary productivity and account for...

Developing biofilm-based microalgal bioreactors for the efficient production of fuels, chemicals and clean water

2014/15-2017/18 • $472,000 • PI,CO
Using microalgae to convert carbon to biomass is one of the most promising technologies for developing renewable fuels. Algae produces more biomass than conventional crops such as corn and sugar beet, can be used to capture carbon and can be used in water treatment processes. Despite these...

Environment chambers for multi-PI research facility at University of Toronto Mississauga

2015/16 • $141,974 • PI,CO
This grant will support the purchase of one walk-in 20<sup>o</sup>C microbial culture chamber and one reach-in 4<sup>o</sup>C protein biochemistry chamber, to equip a new multi-PI research facility at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM). Microbial culture chambers are not currently...

Molecular and physiological analysis of the cyanobacterial CO2 concentrating mechanism

2010/11-2014/15 • $210,000 • PI
Cyanobacteria are very small microorganism that live in the oceans, lakes and soil of the world. Like "green" plants they derive the energy needed to grow by harvesting the energy in sunlight and using this energy along with carbon dioxide (CO2) and water to make sugars, which serve as their...

High Capacity Freeze-dryer for Interdisciplinary and Interdepartmental Research

2014/15 • $84,785 • PI,CO
This grant will support the purchase of one high-capacity multi-purpose freeze-dryer for interdisciplinary and interdepartmental research. The Depts. of Biology and Geography at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) have a vibrant and productive group of faculty and HQP who together...

Microalgal biorefinery:Biofilm photo-reactor and extraction methods

2010/11-2012/13 • $230,000 • PI,CO
Microalgal technologies, used as a method of conversion of (sun)light to liquid fuels, hold several advantages over conventional crops: they can produce up to 100 times more biomass per unit of crop area; the lipid content of this biomass can be up to 70% (dry basis); the doubling time can be in...

Plant Phenotyping Laboratory

2012/13 • $145,171 • PI,CO
This grant supports the establishment of a Plant Phenotyping Laboratory for interdisciplinary collaborative research in plant biology. Plant biology in the Department of Biology at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) integrates research from genes to ecosystems. Plant phenotyping...