RRB5 Program 



The conference program (version of June 8th, 2009) can be downloaded here.


Fifth International Conference on
Renewable Resources and Biorefineries



Wednesday, June 10th 2009 




8.00–9.15   Registration

9.15–09.30 Official opening of RRB5 – Christian Stevens – Wim Soetaert, Ghent University, BE



Plenary Session 1


Chair: Wim Soetaert , Ghent University, BE 


9.30 – 10.05    Jack Huttner, Dupont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol, USA

                     Integrated Biorefinery Development: technology is the least of it


10.05 – 10.40  Andreas Pilzecker, EU Commission, BE

                         Biomass – The EU perspective


10.40-11.15      Willy De Greef, EuropaBio, BE 

                         Realising the Dream of the Bio-Based Economy: The Need for Feed



11.15–11.45 Coffee Break

11.45–13.15 Sessions 2A and B (Parallel) 



Session 2A  

Bioprocesses and Bioref ineries


Chair: Johan Sanders, Wageningen University, NL 


Session 2B  

Industrial Fermentations 


Chair: Ka-Yiu San, Rice University, TX, USA




Wouter Huijgen, ENCN, Petten, NL

Organosolv-based Fractionation of Lignocellulosic Biomass for Co-Production of Fuels and Chemicals within a Biorefinery



Thomas Hirth, Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology, Oberhausen, DE

Integration of biotechnological and chemical processes for the synthesis of biobased products.   


Lew Christopher, Center for Bioprocessing R&D,South Dakota, USA

Challenges and pportunities in the developmnt of integrated forest biorefineries



Kerry Burton, The University of Warwick, UK


Microbial breakdown of plant wastes in a solid-state biorefinery



Annita Westenbroek , Centre of Competence Paper and Board, Arnhem, NL

Fibre cascading- Opportunities for agro-forest biorefineries



Ka-Yiu San, Rice University, Houston, USA 

Production of fatty acid/polyketide like chemicals

 from biorenewables  


13.15–14.30 Lunch + Poster Session




Wednesday afternoon, June 10th 2009


14.30–15.30 Sessions 3A and 3B ( Parallel) 



Session 3A  

Thermochemical processing of biomass


Chair: Wolter Prins, Ghent University, BE

Session  3B    



Chair:Wim Soetaert, Ghent University, BE 



Norbert  Kuipers, TNO, Apeldoorn, NL


Production of high quality bio-oil by catalytic fast pyrolysis of biomass



Jonathan Mielenz, Oak Ridge National Laboratory,Oak Ridge, USA

Overcoming the Recalcitrance of Lignocellulosic Biomass: Goal of the U.S. BioEnergy Science Center (BESC)



Jens Born, Flensburg University of Applied Sciences, DE

Systematic Evaluation of Simple and Robust Procedures for a Unified Pretreatment of all Kinds of Lignocellulosic Biomasses to Increase Digestibility



Patricia Ntarima, Ghent University, BE


A Comparative Kinetic Study of the Family 3 ß-Glucosidases from Hypocrea jecorina and their Effect on Lignocellulosic Biomass Hydrolysis



15.30–16.00 Coffee Break


16.00–17.30 Sessions 3A and 3B (Parallel)



Session 3A  

Thermochemical processing of biomass


Chair: Wolter Prins, Ghent University, BE 


Session  3B    



Chair:Wim Soetaert, Ghent University, BE   


Robert  Brown, University of Iowa, USA

Options for Producing Bio-Oil for Subsequent Upgrading to Fuels and Chemicals


Steffen Rupp, Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology, DE

New Enzymes from well known habitats



Dietrich Meier, vTI-Institute of Wood Technology and Wood Biology, DE

Fast pyrolysis of biomass - A Versatile Technology for Making Renewable Energy and Chemicals


Nick Turner, University of Manchester, UK

Biocatalytic Routes to Enantiomerically Pure Chiral Amines



Wolter Prins, Ghent University, BE


The role of catalysis in fast pyrolysis of biomass



Adrie Straathof, Delft University of Technology, NL

In-situ recovery of bio-butanol





18.00-20.00 Welcome Reception by City of Ghent




Thursday morning, June 11th 2009


8.00–8.30 Coffee

8.30–10.30 Sessions 4A and 4B ( Parallel)



Session 4A  Sustainability


Chair: Patricia Osseweijer, Kluyver Center & DelftUniversity of Technology, NL


Session 4B   Bioplastics & Biomaterials


Chair: Carlos Vaca-Garcia, ENSIACET, Toulouse, FR


Peter Nossin, DSM, Geleen, NL

White Biotechnology: Replacing Black Gold?


Stephan Kabasci, Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental Safety, ,DE

From Plants to Polymers - Biopolymer Research at Fraunhofer UMSICHT



Maria Wellisch,  Natural Resources Canada, CA

Developing a vision for a sustainable flax value chain



Jean-Christophe Bogaert, Galactic

An insight on LactochemistryTM or the (re-)birth of a new biobased chemistry 


Floor van der Hilst, CS Utrecht, NL

Economic viability of energy crop production


Bruno De Wilde, OWS, BE

Bioplastics: Sense or nonsense?



Florence Van Stappen, Craw-Namur, BE


Decision making tools to suppoprt the development of bioenergy in agriculture



Maria da Graca Ejarque Albuquerque, CQFB-Requimte, Caparica, PT

Production of bioplastics from sugar cane molasses using mixed microbial cultures



10.30–11.00 Coffee Break

11.00–12.30 Sessions 5A and 5B ( Parallel)



Session 5A  

Industrial crops


Chair: James Clark, University of York,UK


Session 5B  

Financing the biobased economy


Chair: Paul Decraemer, Capricorn, BE   


Henk Joos, D1 oils, BE

Production of Feed and Fuel with Jatropha curcas  

11.00 -11.30

Harry Boyle, New Energy Finance (UK)
Financing to biobased economy: historical overview and outlook



Jan Van Beilen, Univ. of Lausanne, CH

Natural rubber production in Europe



Mark Cerstelotte, StoneFund, BE

Investing in the Bio-based economy: viewpoint from StoneFund


Wout Boerjan, Plant Systems Biology - VIB, BE

Transgenic poplar for pulp and biofuel




Paul Decraemer,  Capricorn Cleantech Fund, BE

Financing the biobased economy: viewpoint from a European venture capital player


12.30–13.30 Lunch offered by DDCE 



Thursday afternoon, June 11th 2009


12.30–13.30 Lunch offered by DDCE 

13.30–14.30 Poster session

14.30–15.30 Sessions 6A and 6B ( Parallel)



Session 6A Bio-Energy


Chair: Willy Verstraete, Ghent University, BE


Session 6B   Biobased Chemicals


Chair: Christian Stevens , Ghent University, BE


Reinhard Dirmeier, Verenium Corp., San Diego, USA

Demonstration plant scale production of lignocellulosic ethanol



Thomas McKeon, USDA-ARS, USA

Seed oils as renewable chemical feedstocks



Nadya Zyaykina, Desmet Ballestra R&D, BEValorisation of Alternative Lipid Resources for Bioenergy




Michael Meier, University of Applied SciencesOldenburg, Emden, DE

Metathesis with Oleochemicals: New Approaches for the Synthesis of Monomers and Polymers from Renewable Resources



15.30–16.00 Coffee Break

16.00–17.30 Sessions 6A and 6B ( Parallel)



Session 6A Bio-Energy


Chair:  Jean-Paul Lange, Shell, NL


Session 6B   Biobased Chemicals


Chair: Christian Stevens , Ghent University, BE


Astrid E. Mars, Wageningen University, NL

Fermentative hydrogen production from sugar beet feedstocks


Pieter Bruijnincx, Utrecht University, NL

Catalysis for Renewables: Etherification and Telomerization of Biomass-Derived Polyols



Mark Michiels, Proviron, BE

A breakthrough in algae production. An innovative photobioreactor design


Laure Candy, ENSIACET, Toulouse, FR

Substitution of ASA (alkenyl succinic anhydrides) from fossil origin by ASA from fatty acid esters of vegetable oils in the paper industry



Ana Paula Duarte, University of Beira Interior, PT

Forest Residues as a Source of Fermentable Sugars for Bioethanol Production



Gianluca Marcotullio, Delft University of Technology, NL

Selective Acid-Catalyzed Production of Furfural From C-5 Sugars Contained in Biomass. Reaction Kinetic Assessment



17.45–19.00: Social Program – Guided walk through the historical center of Ghent


20.00-23.00: Conference Dinner, Handelsbeurs, Gent



Friday, June 12th 2009


8.30–9.00 Coffee

9.00–10.30 Sessions 7A and 7B (Parallel)



Session 7A    Metabolic Engineering


Chair: Ana Maria Bravo-Angel, Genencor International


Session 7B    Pretreatment and

                      processing of Biomass

Chair: Joris Van Acker, Ghent University, BE



Harald Ruijssenaars, TNO Quality of Life-Bioconversion, Delft, NL

Green Production of Aromatics by Engineered Pseudomonas putida



Paulien Harmsen, Wageningen UR, A&F, NL

Combined mechanical and alkaline pretreatment' of wheat straw



Marjan De Mey, Ghent University, BE


Metabolic Engineering and Metabolic Modelling of Escherichia coli for the Production of Chemicals from Renewable Resources [MEMORE]



Thierry Ribeiro, Institut Polytechnique Lasalle Beauvais, FR

Levoglucosan production by microwave treatment of lignocellulosic materials: An original approach for producion of bioethanol 




Wesley Carpentier, Genencor, NL

Uncovering a New Chemical Product Amenable to Biotechnological Production: BioIsoprene™



Holger Krawczyk, Lund University, SE

Hemicellulose Isolation from Pulp Mill Process Water



10.30–11.00 Coffee Break

11.00–12.30 Plenary Session 8



Plenary Se ssion 8

Chair: Christian Stevens , Ghent University, BE



Daniel Solaiman, USDA, Wyndmoor, PA, USA

Fermentative production of biopolymers and biosurfactants from agricultural renewables



Rob van Haren, University of Groningen, NL

Biochar, a sustainable triple winner



Manfred Kircher, CLIB 2021, DE

How to make the Knowledge Based Bio-economy reall (KBBE) real 



12.30-12.45 Closing remarks


12.45–13.30 Lunch + Happy Hour


Satellite meetings

  • Tuesday June 9th, 09.00-18.00 AND Wednesday June 10th, 08.00-13.00
    TESS General Project meeting
    TESS stands for "Toolbox to Support Environmental and Sustainable Systems". The project is aimed at helping small and medium sized chemical companies through the process of REACH implementation. The project is conducted and funded under the EU FP6 framework. More information on the project and the toolbox can be found on http://www.reach-serv.com
  • Friday June 12 th , 13.00-17.00 : 
    Biorefinery Course, “Adding Value to the Sustainable Utilisation of Biomass”, funded under the EU FP6 scheme.

    The program can be found in the attached document
    For participation in this course, please send an e-mail containing your name, company name, full address, e-mail address, and phone number to rianne.maasen@wur.nl

    Deadline for subscription is May15th, 2009.


  • Friday June 12 th , 14.00-17.00: 

    Advisory board meeting for the Sustoil project funded under the EU FP7 scheme. For more information, you may contact Dr Abbas Kazmi, Sustoil Project Manager, E-mail: ak584@york.ac.uk