The need for clean fuel sources is greater than ever, as fossil fuel dependence has soared and harmful emissions are being released into the atmosphere at increasingly higher rates. A viable solution to this issue is the use of microalgae for the creation of biofuels, as it holds a high concentration of lipids without requiring arable land for growth. This experiment studies downstream applications of microalgae, including how the extraction efficiency can be improved for greater lipid yield. 3-dimethyldodecylammonium propanesulfonate, myristyltrimethylammonium bromide and sodium dodecyl sulfate were used as surfactants to break down the algae cell walls and improve lipid recovery. The incubation times of the biomass in the surfactant were also studied at 0, 4.5, 24, 48 and 72 hours to more fully examine how surfactants affect the extraction of lipids. Along with this, hexane and isopropanol were used as the main extraction solvent in this experiment, but testing was done to compare these lipid yields to when ethyl acetate was used as the solvent. It was found that the MTMAB surfactant led to the greatest cell disruption, as its lipid yields were consistently higher than those of the other surfactants. Also, longer incubation times did improve the amount of lipid extracted, showing that the surfactants do have a strong effect on the cell breakdown. Finally, it was found that the ethyl acetate was a slightly more effective solvent than hexane and isopropanol in the conditions of this experiment. Overall, a stronger understanding of the wet extraction process was gained from these tests, as well as more insight into how some of the variables interact and work together during extraction.