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 Blue Institute LabsJudith Underwood Small Business Power Generation: Renewable Blue Economy expert in scaling emerging technologies in the water and ocean space including seaweed farming, digitization, ecosystem health.
Website: www.blueinstitutelabs.com

Email: ju@blueinstitutelabs.com

Phone: 508.237.4581

Address: 1213 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA, 02740, United States
MA
 MIT, SOS CarbonAndres Bisono Leon Academic Other Energy Technologies Originally from the Dominican Republic, Andres is a ClimateTech entrepreneur working at the intersection of social impact and Climate Action. Andres holds a dual-major in Mechanical Engineering and Finance from Drexel University. Social and environmental impact has always been part of Andres' life endeavors. While in Philadelphia, he supported the community and empowered students and professionals by being part of LeBow BRIDGE Advisory Board and Prospanica Philadelphia Board. He worked at New Hudson Facades, a Related Companies subsidiary, in the development of three skyscrapers with a projects scope worth over USD$170 M at the iconic Hudson Yards in NYC. Since 2018, Andres has been leading SOS Carbon Inc. Sargassum Ocean Sequestration of Carbon (SOS Carbon) is a spun off company from the Mechanical Engineering department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). SOS Carbon is focused on scaling its unique patented technologies to turn sargassum seaweed invasions problem into an economical natural carbon sequestering opportunity and into value-add products. As a member of MIT Sloan School of Management and Legatum Fellow, Andres’ motivation is his capacity to transform society and the environment for a better tomorrow. SOS Carbon is committed to solving one of the Caribbean's most threatening problem, generate employment and value chains to the region, and fight climate change for a global impact.
Website: http://soscarbon.com

Email: andresbl@mit.edu

Phone: 215-760-1511

Address: 303 Third St, Cambridge, MA, 02142, United States
MA
 Washington Sea GrantMeg Chadsey Academic Bioenergy Regenerative seaweed aquaculture; alternative uses for 'nuisance seaweed' collected from aquaculture gear; seaweed-based carbon capture/sequestration strategies; seaweed aquaculture permitting and regulation; science translation; public outreach
Website: wsg.uw.edu

Email: mchadsey@uw.edu

Phone: 2066161538

Address: 3716 Brooklyn Ave. NE, Seattle, WA, 98105, United States
WA
 Columbia UniversityAh-Hyung Alissa Park Academic Bioenergy My group has developed an alkaline thermal treatment technology that can directly convert wet and salty biomass (seaweeds, food wastes etc) to high purity hydrogen while sequestering carbon. Our technology can also concentrate critical elements in solid streams that can effectively extracted and purified further.
Website: energy.columbia.edu

Email: ap2622@columbia.edu

Phone: 212-854-8989

Address: 500 W 120th St 918 Mudd building, New York, NY, 10027, United States
NY
 Cornell UniversityBuz Barstow Academic Bioenergy My lab works on systems and synthetic biology for sustainable energy. We look for problems in sustainable energy, characterize the genetics of microbes that have some of the pieces of the solution, and then figure out ways to turbocharge this capability with synthetic biology. Our biggest breakthroughs are in bioleaching for rare earth element bio-mining, biosorption for rare earth separation, and electromicrobial production for synthesis of complex molecules from CO2 and renewable electricity.
Website: barstow.bee.cornell.edu

Email: bmb35@cornell.edu

Phone: 607-255-5169

Address: 228 Riley-Robb Hall, Ithaca, NY, 14853, United States
NY
 Oregon State UniversityGregory Rorrer Academic Bioenergy Background and Capabilities of PI. Dr. Gregory Rorrer is professor of chemical engineering at Oregon State University (OSU). The Rorrer Lab has expertise in controlling the cultivation and metabolism of marine macroalgae (seaweeds) and microaglae (diatoms) in engineered systems. Specific areas relevant to this ARPA-e RFI include 1) development of clonal cell and tissue cultures of marine macroalgae, particularly red seaweeds; 2) controlled cultivation of clonal macroalgae in photobioreactors and raceway flow systems; 3) elicitation of secondary metabolism in macroalgal tissue culture for bioactive compounds and bioremediation of xenobiotic compounds; 4) analysis of dynamic CO2 and nutrient uptake by macroalgae; 5) modeling and analysis of engineered macroalgal cultivation systems.

Current projects relevant to ARPA-e RFI. 1) Dynamic analysis of carbon flux by marine macroalgae, focusing on dissolved inorganic uptake (DIC) and dissolved organic carbon (DOC) release by clonal red seaweeds under controlled hydrodynamic environments, with application to ocean-based carbon dioxide removal (Ocean CDR); 2) Controlled protein production by red macroalgae in land-based cultivation systems; 3) Uptake and bioaccumulation of metal ions by red macroalgae under controlled hydrodynamic conditions.

Experimental and Institutional Capabilities. Rorrer Lab: dedicated facilities for development and maintenance of axenic microalgal and macroalgal cultures; climate controlled cold room; instrumented photobioreactors; instrumented raceway cultivation systems designed for seaweed cultivation, equipped with online CO2 uptake measurement; chemical analysis (GC, HPLC, UV-VIS, micro-Raman); photosynthesis analysis. OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC): PI has access to the Newport Aquaculture Laboratory, equipped with filtered seawater system for continuous-flow cultivation systems. OSU College of Oceanography: collaborators and equipment with specialized expertise in trace metal analysis of seawater matrices.

Example References:
Kraai, J.A., and Rorrer, G.L. High density cultivation and CO2 uptake by panel arrays of the macrophytic red alga Gracilaria vermiculophylla in a 100 L raceway pond. Algal Research, 65, 102726 (2022). 10.1016/j.algal.2022.102726

Rorrer, G.L., and Cheney, D.P. Bioprocess Engineering of Cell and Tissue Cultures for Marine Seaweeds. Aquacultural Engineering, 32, 11–41 (2004). 10.1016/j.aquaeng.2004.03.007
Website: https://engineering.oregonstate.edu/people/gregory-rorrer

Email: gregory.rorrer@oregonstate.edu

Phone: 5417373370

Address: School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, 97331, United States
OR
 University of California, BerkeleyNorma Cecilia Martinez-Gomez Academic Bioenergy Expert in developing microbial platforms for bioaccumulation and recovery of rare earth elements using high- and low-grade sources.
Website: https://vcresearch.berkeley.edu/faculty/norma-cecilia-martinez-gomez

Email: cecimartinez@berkeley.edu

Phone: 608-6985658

Address: 111 Koshland Hall Rm 421, Berkeley, CA, 94720, United States
CA
 Fearlessfund.orgAlyson Myers Non-Profit Bioenergy Our multi-disciplinary team, including national labs, marine engineers and universities, produces macroalgae for energy and Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR). We track and harvest at sea. We model the production system, including satellite imagery, and we analyze the material to safely utilize it for climate goals.
Website: www.fearlessfund.org

Email: alysonmyers1@gmail.com

Phone: 2022979743

Address: 3029 Woodland Dr., NW, Washington, DC, 20008, United States
DC
 Kelson Marine Co.Tobias Dewhurst Small Business Other Energy Technologies Kelson specializes in the design and analysis of novel ocean structures. As an active partner and developer within the current MARINER project, we have particular expertise designing and optimizing large-scale seaweed farms using field-validated model-based engineering tools.
We also have extensive knowledge of marine materials, metocean analysis, data processing, and simulation of hydro-structural interactions.
Website: kelsonmarine.com

Email: toby@kelsonmarine.com

Phone: 2077472090

Address: 2 Portland Fish Pier, Suite 210, Portland, ME, 04101, United States
ME
 Alaska Fisheries Development FoundationJulie Decker Non-Profit Bioenergy AFDF is a current team member in the ARPA-E MARINER project with the goal of improving the efficiency of growing and harvesting macroalgae as a potential biofuel feedstock. AFDF has also helped spearhead a statewide initiative - the Alaska Mariculture Initiative - to accelerate the development of the mariculture industry in Alaska. This initiative led to the Governor-appointed Mariculture Task Force, and subsequently, the creation of the Alaska Mariculture Alliance. A partnership in Alaska - the Alaska Mariculture Cluster - was recently awarded a $49 million grant from EDA to further grow the industry statewide.
Website: www.afdf.org

Email: jdecker@afdf.org

Phone: 9072767315

Address: PO Box 2223, Wrangell, AK, 99929, United States
AK
 Macro OceansMohammad Tajparast Small Business Bioenergy Background:
》PhD, PEng, Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
》PhD, Civil Engineering/ Environmental Biotechnology and Engineering, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada [Feb 2015].
• Thesis: Storage metabolism during feast-famine cycles of activated sludge wastewater treatment and during a sudden nutrient limitation studied in Rhodococcus jostii RHA1 using a genome-scale metabolic modeling approach.
》MSc, Chemical Engineering, Process Modeling, Simulation & Control, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran [Nov 2001].
• Thesis: Simulation and control of synthesis gas reformer via natural gas reaction.
》BSc, Chemical Engineering, Food Technology, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran [Sep 1999].
• Thesis: Study of production of detergent powder based on alkaline protease enzyme and its plant design.

Interest and capabilities:
I am a self-motivated multidisciplinary Chemical and Biological Scientist/ Engineer with entrepreneurial experience possessing technical and industrial expertise on (bio)resource recovery, (bio)refinery, fermentation processes, along with related PFD and P&ID design, equipment and (bio)process design, modeling, simulation, and control, techno-
economic analysis, and (bio)process optimization using design of experiments methodology and data analysis. I have expertise in chemical and biological systems modeling, optimization, computational biology, bioinformatics, systems biology, genome-scale metabolic modeling and flux balance analysis, 13C-metabolic flux analysis, computer-aided and ML-assisted synthetic biology, ML-assisted classification, genome-wide association studies, and image processing. I have expertise in Comsol Multiphysics, MATLAB, Python, R, MySQL under Windows, Linux, macOS, and cloud computing systems. I am a detailed-oriented individual
who has practical experience and knowledge in chemical and biological wet-lab settings, and knowledge transfer and scale up of upstream pretreatment, extraction, fermentation and downstream processing including lipids, proteins and carbohydrates purification and characterization, as well as molecular biology and analytical chemistry tests, along with related design of experiments, and data reconciliation. I am a flexible team player and patient mentor who is able to quickly learn and tranafer new topics and apply state-of-the-art approaches to accomplish tasks within allocated time and budget in a team and individually without any supervision.
Website: www.Macro-Oceans.com

Email: mohammad@macro-oceans.com

Phone: 6503195569

Address: 840 Embarcadero Drive, Suite 80, West Sacramento, CA, 95605-1509, United States
CA
 Sandia National LaboratoriesRyan W Davis Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) Bioenergy Sandia National Laboratories houses unique expertise and facilities for evaluation of algae biomass production and processing technologies. The Sandia Algae Testbed Facility, which has been operational at the Sandia-Livermore site since 2015, is a Biosafety Level 1 (BSL1)-rated environmentally simulated algae cultivation scale-up and technologies testing facility, featuring 100L photobioreactors, 100L mini- Open Raceway Ponds, as well as pilot-scale (1000L) Open Raceway Ponds and Attached Algae Flow-Ways. Beyond these institutional capabilities, Sandia has fielded multi-year outdoor pilots for evaluation of Attached Algae Flow-way (aka "Turf Algae") technology for coupling biomass production with ecosystem services. Results from these campaigns indicate that common filamentous periphyton are quite efficient for biologically concentration metals in the biomass, including Rare Earth Elements (REE) and Platinum Group Metals (PGM) that are not taken up by plants, at concentrations that meet or exceed all previous reports for metals accumulation in alga. Sandia is especially interested in partners for development of technologies for efficient isolation of REEs or PGMs from algae biomass, access and interest in deployment of the Attached Algae Flow-way technology at sites with elevated REE or PGM.
Website: https://www.sandia.gov/research/research-foundations/bioscience/bioenergy-biomass-conversion/

Email: rwdavis@sandia.gov

Phone: 925-294-4805

Address: 7011 East Avenue, Livermore, CA, 94550, United States
CA