Jose C. Merchuk

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A potential approach to facilitate the performance of implanted hepatocytes is to enable their aggregation and re-expression of their differentiated function prior to implantation. Here we examined the behavior of freshly isolated rat adult hepatocytes seeded within a novel three-dimensional (3-D) scaffold based on alginate. The attractive features of this(More)
Phase equilibrium studies were done with the PEG 400-phosphate system, obtaining equilibrium binodal lines, tie lines and phase inversion points. A method of calculation of the critical point on the binodal curve is described. The influence of the presence of NaCl in solution was studied, and the comparative results are presented. It was found that in some(More)
Hepatocyte aggregation into spheroids attributes to their increased activity, but in the absence of a vascular network the cells in large spheroids experience mass transfer limitations. Thus, there is a need to define the spheroid size which enables maximal cell viability and productivity. We developed a combined theoretical and experimental approach to(More)
The growth of the marine red microalga Porphyridium sp. in a bubble-column photobioreactor was simulated. The proposed model constitutes a dynamic integration of the kinetics of photosynthesis and photoinhibition with the fluid dynamics of the bubble column, including the effects of shear stress on the kinetics of growth. The kinetic data used in the model(More)
An alternative interpretation of the growth rate-substrate concentration dependence is presented. This is based on the assumption that the main factors affecting growth rate are transfer of substrate from the medium and the maximum growth velocity, which is that observed when no substrate limitations occur. This approach allows the approximate prediction of(More)
Phase separation times for polyethylene glycol (PEG)-4000-phosphate aqueous two-phase systems were studied, for small scale (5-g) and large scale (1300-g) systems, as a -function of the stability ratio. Profiles of dispersion height for both large and small scale systems were represented as a fraction of the initial height and were found to be independent(More)
Suspension cultures of Rubia tinctorum, an anthraquinones (AQs) producer, were grown both in Erlenmeyer flasks at 100 rpm and in a 1.5 L mechanically stirred tank bioreactor operating at 450 rpm. The effect of hydrodynamic stress on cell viability, biomass, and AQs production was evaluated. Cell viability showed a transient decrease in the bioreactor during(More)
Photobioreactors using algae, plant cells, or photosynthetic bacteria have received considerable attention from biochemical engineers. Industry is presently engaged in developing new products and testing a new generation of algal-derived natural products such as natural dyes, polyunsaturated fatty acids and polysaccharides. The present paper is a review of(More)
The interrelationships between the three parts of the air lift reactor, the riser, the downcomer, and gas-liquid separator, were examined with relation to the overall mass transfer in the reactor. This involved studying the mass transfer of oxygen from the gas phase to the liquid phase for 20 different reactor geometries. Both one- and two-sparger systems(More)
Photobioreactor design is a subject of great relevance for the attainment of a sustained development in modern technology, and has also considerable interest from the basic scientific and technologic point of view. The aim of the present review paper is presenting and comparing some of the recent attempts by the authors of modelling photosynthesis in(More)