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Published Algae Technologist Joins OriginOil As Senior Research Engineer

- Dheeban Kannan to accelerate research activities at OriginOil -

Los Angeles, CA – April 28, 2009 – OriginOil, Inc. (OOIL), the developer of a breakthrough technology to transform algae, the most promising source of renewable oil, into a true competitor to petroleum, announced the appointment of Dheeban Kannan, Ph.D. as senior research engineer.

Kannan recently completed his doctoral program at Pennsylvania State University, where he studied biofuel technologies. His cutting-edge work on photobioreactors to grow oil producing algae has great synergies with OriginOil. As part of his doctoral thesis, Kannan invented a novel solid catalyst process for the production of biodiesel, which is the basis of a patent and the core technology of a biodiesel startup company. The process would improve production efficiency of biodiesel and, unlike existing systems, can accept feedstock with high free acid content, such as recycled oil.

Kannan has published papers in peer-reviewed journals such as Fluid Phase Equilibria. He has presented at the International Conference on Properties and Phase Equilibria for Product and Process Design, the ACS Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference, the BBI Biofuels Conference, and the NE Renewable Energy Conference.OriginOil’s Chief Technology Officer Dr. Vikram Pattarkine said, “With the addition of Kannan, our research team has been strengthened even further. Kannan’s prior experience with photobioreactor design and his knowledge of process engineering will be excellent assets for OriginOil’s technology development and commercialization.”

Kannan performed his master’s and doctoral research in chemical engineering at Pennsylvania State University. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Anna University, Chennai, India.

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