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Thomas Dempster

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Assoc Research Professor (FSC)
Faculty, POLY Campus, Mailcode 4380

Dr. Dempster began his algae research career as an undergraduate at Arizona State University in 1989 working on the Aquatic Species Program. He completed his B.S in Biology, M.S. in Botany and PhD. in Plant Biology from Arizona State University while studying a variety of algae-related topics primarily related to algal biofuel production, drinking water quality and wastewater bioremediation.  Dr. Dempster currently works as a research professor focusing on strain selection and development, biomass production, algal biofuels and high-value products, and air and wastewater bioremediation at the Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI) at Arizona State University. At AzCATI, he also serves as the laboratory manager, safety and compliance manager and AzCATI Recharge Center manager. Dr. Dempster also serves as the testbed site coordinator for the recent U.S. Department of Energy funded Algae Testbed Public-Private Partnership (ATP3).

Research Activity
  • Dempster,Thomas A*. SRP CREC Assessment of Flue Gas Heavy Metal Assimilation into Microalgae Biomass and Efforts to Design a Coronado Generating Station Microalgae Carbon. SRP-SALT RIVER PROJECT(7/1/2015 - 6/30/2016).
  • Dempster,Thomas A*, Sommerfeld,Milton R. Exploring Opportunities for Collaboration on Use of Microalgae as a Source for Renewable Energy. US - EGYPT JOINT BOARD(4/1/2015 - 3/31/2016).
  • Dempster,Thomas A*, Razdan,Anshuman. CREC Project: Assessment of Biomass Quality and the Feasibility of Using Hydrothermal Liquefaction to Produce Energy from Carbon Dioxide Emission-. SRP-SALT RIVER PROJECT(7/1/2014 - 6/30/2016).
  • Dempster,Thomas A*. Production of Algal Biomass for Lipid Upgrading. NREL:NATL RENEWABLE ENERGY LAB(2/27/2014 - 12/31/2015).
  • Dempster,Thomas A*. CREC: Use of Microalgae to Mitigate Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Salt River Projects Coronado Generating Station in Saint Johns Arizona:. SRP-SALT RIVER PROJECT(9/1/2013 - 8/31/2015).
  • Dempster,Thomas A*, Gerken,Henri G. ATIC: Elucidation Identification and Separation of Bioactive Compounds from a Complex Ecosystem of Microorganisms. Health Enhancement(8/1/2013 - 6/30/2016).
  • Dirks,Gary William*, Dempster,Thomas A, Hu,Qiang, Mcgowen,John, Sommerfeld,Milton R. Algae Testbed Public-Private Partnership (ATP3) - A Raft Partnership. DOE-GOLDEN FIELD OFFICE(1/31/2013 - 12/31/2017).
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2012
Course NumberCourse Title
ABS 499Individualized Instruction