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Combined dissolved oxygen tension and online viscosity measurements in shake flask cultivations via infrared fluorescent oxygen?sensitive nanoparticles

Oxygen supply is one of the most critical process parameters in aerobic cultivations. To assure sufficient oxygen supply, shake flasks are usually used in combination with orbital shaking machines. In this work, a measurement technique for the dissolved oxygen tension (DOT) in shake flask cultures with viscosity changes is presented. The movement of the shaker table is monitored by means of a Hall effect sensor. For DOT measurements, infrared fluorescent oxygen?sensitive nanoparticles are added to the culture broth. The position of the rotating bulk liquid needs to be determined to assure measurements inside the liquid. The leading edge of the bulk liquid is detected based on the fluorescence signal intensity of the oxygen?sensitive nanoparticles. Furthermore, online information about the viscosity of the culture broth is acquired due to the detection of the position of the leading edge of the bulk liquid relative to the direction of the centrifugal force, as described by Sieben, Hanke, and B?chs (2019).The DOT measurement is combined with a Respiration MOnitoring System (RAMOS) which allows for determination of the oxygen transfer rate (OTR) in eight parallel shake flasks. Based on DOT and OTR, the volumetric oxygen transfer coefficient (kLa) is calculated during cultivation. The new system was successfully applied in cultivations of Escherichia coli, Bacillus licheniformis and Xanthomonas campestris.This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

» Author: Tobias Ladner, David Flitsch, Mihaly Lukacs, Michaela Sieben, Jochen B?chs

» Reference: doi:10.1002/bit.27145

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