Welcome to AzCATI

About Us

The Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI) serves as a national testbed for research, testing, and commercialization of algae-based products such as biofuels, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, and other algae biomass co-products. AzCATI provides open test and evaluation facilities for the algae industry and research community. As a part of the LightWorks initiative, AzCATI is embedded within the Polytechnic School at Arizona State University.

Since its inception in 2010 with a grant from Science Foundation Arizona, AzCATI has grown its research portfolio to more than $35 million. AzCATI currently leads the following sponsored projects:

  • Department of Energy: Algae Testbed Public-Private Partnership
  • US Department of Agriculture: best management practices for algal crop protection
  • Salt River Project: microalgae carbon capture at the Coronado Generating Station
  • Arizona Board of Regents: multi-university collaboration to research the use of algae for wastewater remediation
  • Zivo Bioscience: microalgal bioactive molecule elucidation and biomass production

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  • Connect - Serve as an intellectual and physical hub to foster local, state, national, and international research and education on algae-based solutions for a sustainable environment
  • Advance - Enable development of innovative and sustainable technologies for production of microalgae feedstocks for biofuels and bioproducts
  • Collaborate - Facilitate collaborations among universities, national laboratories, and industry to accelerate technology development and commercialization
  • Educate - Provide innovative learning and educational environments and opportunities for training next generation scientists and engineers for the biotechnology workforce
  • Launch - Serve as a national testbed to accelerate the advancement of algae technology development and commercialization