Bioplastic Production from Microalgae: A Review

Cinar S. O., Chong Z. K., KÜÇÜKER M. A., Wieczorek N., CENGİZ U., Kuchta K.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH, vol.17, no.11, 2020 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 17 Issue: 11
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.3390/ijerph17113842
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Agricultural & Environmental Science Database, Aqualine, Aquatic Science & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), CAB Abstracts, EMBASE, Geobase, MEDLINE, Pollution Abstracts, Veterinary Science Database, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Keywords: bioplastic, microalgae, bioeconomy, biodegradable plastic, circular economy, bio-based plastic, LIFE-CYCLE, CHLORELLA, CULTIVATION, BIOMASS, PHOTOBIOREACTOR, BIODIESEL, BIOFUELS, POLYPROPYLENE, CYANOBACTERIA, PERFORMANCE
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


Plastic waste production around the world is increasing, which leads to global plastic waste pollution. The need for an innovative solution to reduce this pollution is inevitable. Increased recycling of plastic waste alone is not a comprehensive solution. Furthermore, decreasing fossil-based plastic usage is an important aspect of sustainability. As an alternative to fossil-based plastics in the market, bio-based plastics are gaining in popularity. According to the studies conducted, products with similar performance characteristics can be obtained using biological feedstocks instead of fossil-based sources. In particular, bioplastic production from microalgae is a new opportunity to be explored and further improved. The aim of this study is to determine the current state of bioplastic production technologies from microalgae species and reveal possible optimization opportunities in the process and application areas. Therefore, the species used as resources for bioplastic production, the microalgae cultivation methods and bioplastic material production methods from microalgae were summarized.