Harvesting marine microalgae Tetraselmis sp. using cellulose acetate membrane

Bioresour Technol. 2024 May:399:130622. doi: 10.1016/j.biortech.2024.130622. Epub 2024 Mar 20.


This study presents the development and application of a cellulose acetate phase-inversion membrane for the efficient harvesting of Tetraselmis sp., a promising alternative for aquaculture feedstock. Once fabricated, the cellulose acetate membrane was characterized, and its performance was evaluated through the filtration of Tetraselmis sp. broth. The results demonstrated that the developed membrane exhibited exceptional microalgae harvesting efficiency. It showed a low intrinsic resistance and a high clean water permeability of 1100 L/(m2·h·bar), enabling high-throughput filtration of Tetraselmis sp. culture with a permeability of 400 L/(m2·h·bar) and a volume reduction factor of 2.5 ×. The cellulose acetate -based membrane demonstrated robust filtration performance over a 7-day back concentration filtration with minimum irreversible fouling of only 22.5 % irreversibility even without any cleaning. These results highlighted the potential of cellulose acetate as a versatile base polymer for custom-membrane for microalgae harvesting.

Keywords: Anti-Fouling Performance; Aquaculture Feedstock; Cellulose Acetate; Microalgae Harvesting; Sustainable Membrane; Tetraselmis sp..

MeSH terms

  • Cellulose / analogs & derivatives*
  • Chlorophyta*
  • Filtration
  • Microalgae*
  • Polymers


  • acetylcellulose
  • Cellulose
  • Polymers