Bioreactor FAQs:

Q: Is a bioreactor a vessel in which a chemical process is carried out which involves organisms or biochemically active substances derived from such organisms?

A: Yes.

Q: Are bioreactors also designed to treat sewage and wastewater?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a bioreactor the chemostat?

A: Yes.

Q: Are bioreactors generally used in those industries which are concerned with food?

A: Yes, and beverages and pharmaceuticals.

Q: Is a bioreactor a septic tank whereby the sewage is left in situ?

A: Yes, and with or without additional media to house bacteria.

Q: Are bioreactors commonly cylindrical?

A: Yes, and ranging in size from litres to cubic metres, and are often made of stainless steel.

Q: Are bioreactors often pressurized?

A: Yes, this increases the solubility of oxygen in water.

Q: Are bioreactors cleaned between batches?

A: Yes, or are designed to reduce fouling as much as possible when operated continuously.

Q: Are bioreactors used to grow small phototrophic organisms such as cyanobacteria?

A: Yes, and algae, or moss plants.