The winners of the BlueCompetition 2013 have now been announced. Matthew Pepper, Li Wang, Ajay Padmakumar, Timothy C. Burg, Sarah W. Harcum and Richard E. Groff from the Clemson University were able to prevail narrowly in the end with their project report: „A Real-time Adaptive Oxygen Transfer Rate Estimator for Metabolism Tracking in Escherichia coli cultures“. The participants of the winning group are from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and from the Department of Bioengineering as well. In the final summation of all the results from the independent jury the Clemson University achieved a narrow lead. The Jury was consisting of Prof. Dr. Gesine Cornelissen from the HAW Hamburg, Prof. Dr. Lars Blank, RWTH Aachen and Reps. Prof. Dr. Frank Eiden, W-HS Gelsenkirchen. Eiden was convinced about the performance of the winning group. “The team around Assoc. Professor Groff form the Clemson University showed in an impressive way how to gain mass transfer data in biological systems in real-time with the BlueSens off-gas analysis technology and how to use the data directly for optimization of complex metabolic processes”, said Eiden during the rendition of the results. The can look forward to a prize money of 5,000 Euros that BlueSens pays to the university. The second place was taken by the group of John M. Pisciotta, Joe Mossman, Zehra Zaybak and William Schultz, from the Department of Biology, West Chester University. For their project report “Enhanced waste to fuel conversion with a bioelectrochemically controlled autotrophic bioreactor” the runner ups used the BlueSens´equipment for a real-time analysis in an algae-photo bioreactor in a closed system. In the experiment, the algae strains were used to produce environmentally friendly biogas from wastewater. The group is pleased with a prize of 2,500 Euros. Therefore in the 2013´s run of the Competition the first two places go to U.S. participants. On the third place the group from Technical University form Hamburg Harburg is following. The workgroup of Martina Schedler, Nneka Maryrose Enwena, Ana Gabriela Valladares Juárez and Prof Dr. Rudolf Müller from the Institute of Technical Biocatalysis at the TUHH is investigating the biologic degradation of mineral oil after the Deepwater Horizon accident (we reported about the work of the group during the project phase). The third placed get a prize money of 1,500 Euros from BlueSens for their science work. BlueSens would like to thank all the participants of the BlueCompetition 2013. Selected project reports will be published by BlueSens in a comprehensive compilation, the “Report No.3” very soon.
What is the BlueCompetition?
The BlueCompetition is a worldwide challenge for optimizing the gas analysis in Bioprocessing. Scientific workgroups from universities are invited to use the BlueSens analysis equipment for their experiments and to prepare a project report. An independent scientific jury will find out the winning teams. The best groups will get Euro 9,000 in total prize money from BlueSens and selected reports will be published by BlueSens.