6th International Conference on 

Renewable Resources & Biorefineries 


7th – 9th June, 2010 – Düsseldorf, Germany 

Monday, 7 June 2010


12.00 – 13.00  Registration & Coffee 
13.00 – 13.15 
Official opening of RRB6
13.15 – 13.30
Welcome Address by Mr. Pinkwart, Minister for Innovation, Science, 
Research and Technology of Nordrhein-Westfalen
13.30 – 14.45
Plenary Session 1 
13.30 – 14.10  BIOHUB(r): Creating value with sustainable open innovation 
Christophe Rupp-Dahlem, Roquette, FR
14.10 – 14.45 Cellulosic Biofuels in the United States: Current Status and Future Prospects
David Bransby, Auburn University, US
14.45 – 15.15  Coffee break 
15.15 – 16.45  Sessions 2A and 2B (Parallel) 


Session 2A 
Bioprocesses and Biorefineries 
Chair: Wim Soetaert, Ghent University, BE
S ession 2B 
Policy Aspects of the Biobased Economy 
Chair: Camille Burel, EuropaBio, BE
Clas Engström , Processum Biorefinery Initiative AB, SE
Biorefining from spruce and pine – green products and new value from the top of Europe
Roel Bol , Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, NL
Dutch government vision on the biobased economy for energy transition ‘Closing the chain’
Ray Marriott , University of York, GB
Developing advanced biorefinery schemes for integration into existing oil production / trans-esterification plants
Ricardo Gent , DIB, DE
Between incentives and free market, what is the way forward for biobased products
Hamid Mozaffarian , Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands, NL
Advanced biorefinery schemes to be integrated into existing industrial (fuel producing) complexes
Jens Klabunde , Cluster Industrielle Biotechnologie, CLIB2021, DE
Scientific excellency base on orchestrated research approaches – the CLIB technology cluster

16.45                 Welcome Reception in the exhibition area of the Rheinterrasse 

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

08.00 – 08.30     Coffee

08.30 – 10.30
     Sessions 3A and 3B (Parallel)


Session 3A 
Thermochemical Processing of Biomass 
Chair: Rob van Haren, University of Groningen, NL
Session 3B 
Biocatalysis and enzyme technology 
Chair: Andreas Schmid, Dortmund University, DE
Andrea Kruse , Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), DE
Hydrothermal biomass gasification: State-of-the-Art
Andreas Schmid , TU Dortmund, DE
Biofilms as catalysts for continuous asymmetric epoxidations
Tony Bridgwater , Aston University, GB
The role of fast pyrolysis in developing integrated biorefineries
Christoph Syldatk , Universität Karslruhe, DE
Process development for the production of microbial rhamnolipids from renewable resources
Robbie VenderboschBTG Biomass Technology Group, NL
Unlocking the potentials of biomass derived pyrolysis oils in existing refineries
Tom Desmet , Ghent University, BE
Engineering of cellobiose phosphorylase for glycoside synthesis
Camillo Falco , Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, DE 
Hydrothermal carbonization of agricultural wastes

Young Je Yoo , Seoul National University, KR
Regeneration of NAD+ and its applications for chemicals synthesis

10.30 – 11.00      Coffee break

11.00 – 12.30 
     Sessions 4A and 4B (Parallel)

Session 4A
Novel fermentation Products and processes
Chair: Erick Vandamme, Ghent University, BE
Session 4B
Bioplastics & Biomaterials 
Chair: Harald Haeger, Evonik Degussa, DE
Ralf BergerUniversity of Hannover, DE
Biotechnology for flavour synthesis
Bernhard Rieger, TU München, DE
Carbon dioxide as building blocks for novel polymer architectures
Anne Usvalampi, Helsinki University of Technology, FI
Recombinant fermentation process for L-xylulose synthesis
Cor Koning, Technical University Eindhoven, NL
Polyesters from renewable resources
Teresa Lopes da Silva, Energy and Geology National Laboratory, PT
Use of multi-parameter flow cytometry to monitor the stress response of lactobacillus rhamnosus continuous cultures for lactic acid production
Stefan Zepnik, Fraunhofer Institute for Environ-mental, Safety and Energy Technology Umsicht, DE
Plasticized cellulose acetate for foaming applications

12.30 – 14.00      Lunch + Poster Session - Authors are requested to be present at their posters

14.00 – 15.30  
   Sessions 5A and 5B (Parallel)

Session 5A
Chair: Philippe Tavernier, Development Agency of West-Flanders (POM), BE
Session 5B
Bioplastics & Biomaterials
Chair: Harald Haeger, Evonik Degussa, DE
Leo Michiels, Proviron, BE
Sustainability: Hype and reality, how can an industry decide its strategy in an ever faster changing world
Peter S. Shuttleworth, University of York, GB
Switchable polysaccharide adhesives for carpet tiles
David Omom, Pöyry Energy Consulting, GB
The rise and decline of biofuels: Are they still relevant?

Jacco van Haveren,Wageningen University, NL
Renewable feedstocks for thermosetting and thermoplastics polymers

Ayla Uslu, ENC Policy Studies, NL
Biofuels and global sustainability: pitfalls and policy options
Dirk De Saedeleir, DS Textiles, BE
PLA in Textile applications, successes and failures 


15.30 – 16.00     Coffee break 

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

Session 6A
Industrial crops
Chair: E. Van Bockstaele, Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO), BE
Session 6B
Financing the biobased economy
Chair: Manfred Kircher, CLIB2021 - Cluster industrielle Biotechnologie, DE

Katja Gödeke, Thüringer Landesanstalt für Landwirtschaft, DE
Grass as a source for chemicals and energy

Replaced by Wim Soetaert, Bio Base Europe, BE

Gunter Festel, Festel Capital
Financing a prosperous industrial biotech start-up scene in Europe
Gordon Allison, IBERS
Aligning the chemical composition of new Miscanthus varieties to the requirements of conversion processes
O. Rakau, Deutsche Bank Research, Frankfurt
A bank’s view on industrial biotechnology
Renata Bura, University of Washington, US
Introducing for the first time giant reed (Arundo donax) as an ideal feedstock for future biorefinery    
Denis Lucquin, Sofinnova, FR
Start-up in green chemistry: What VC’s are looking for?

20.00 – 23.00      Conference Dinner in the Rheingoldsaal at the Rheinterrasse

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

08.00 – 08.30     Coffee

08.30 – 10.30  
   Sessions 7A and 7B (Parallel)


Session 7A
Second Generation Bio-Energy
Chair: Jonathan Mielenz, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, US
Session 7B
Biobased Chemicals
Chair: Christian Stevens, Ghent University, BE
Cathy Asleson, Gevo, US
Developing the next generation of advanced biofuels, biobutanol
Andrei Parvulescu, University of Utrecht, NL
Chemical imaging of catalyst deactivation during biomass conversion processes: The etherification of biomass-based alcohols with alkenes over zeolite materials
Harald Ruijssenaars, BIRD Engineering, NL
Furaldehyde metabolism of Cupriavidus basilensis HMF14: opportunities for feedstock detoxification and chemicals production
Gabriele Centi, University of Messina, IT
Valorization of furfurals as platform molecule for chemo-catalytic biorefineries
Gunnar Liden, Lund University, SE
Feed strategies to improve simultaneous saccharification and fermentation of lignocellulose
Stijn Van de Vyver, K.U. Leuven, BE
Mechanistic study on the one-pot catalytic hydrogenolysis of glycerol into 1,2-propanediol with in situ production of hydrogen
Jean-Christophe Monbaliu, Ghent University, BE
From a main side product of the biodiesel production towards a fuel additive: industrial development of a continuous micro-flow process under green and safe conditions
Tijs Lammens, Wageningen University, NL
Synthesis of biobased n-methylpyrrolidone from glutamic acid

10.30 – 11.00      Coffee break

11.00 – 12.30   
   Sessions 7A and 7B (Parallel – Cont.)

Session 7A
Second Generation Bio-Energy
Chair: Jonathan Mielenz, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, US
Session 7B
Biobased Chemicals
Chair: Christian Stevens, Ghent University, BE
Jean-Paul Lange, Shell, BE
Valeric biofuels: A new platform of cellulosic transportation fuels
Aswati Mindaryani, University of Gadjah Mada, ID
Epoxidation of candlenut oil
Marc Delcourt, Global Bioenergies, FR
Biosynthesis of the gaseous hydrocarbon isobutene: a disruptive approach toward sustainable production of organic fuels and polymers
Carmen Boeriu, Wageningen University, NL
Biocatalytic routes for the production of biobased building blocks for polymer synthesis
Jan Wery, Dyadic, NL
Chrysosporium lucknowense C1: A novel fungus for the production of efficient plant biomass degrading enzymes    
Susanne Zibek, Fraunhofer, DE
Production of a,w-dicarboxylic acids via biotransformation of fatty acids by the use of candida tropicalis

12.30 – 14.00       Lunch & Poster Viewing

14.00 – 15.30       Sessions 8A and 8B (Parallel)

Session 8A
Metabolic Engineering
Chair: Ka-Yiu San, Rice University, US
Session 8B
Pretreatment and processing of Biomass
Chair: René van Ree, Wageningen University & Research Centre, NL 
Volker F. Wendisch, Bielefeld University, DE
Engineering carbon utilization of amino acid producing Corynebacterium glutamicum
Robert Bakker, WUR, NL
Alkaline pretreatment of lignocellulosic biomass for integrated Biorefinery applications
Zheng-Xiang Wang, Jiangnan University, CN
Homo-lactic acid production with biofuel by-product glycerol using metabolically engineered escherichia coli
Michael O’Donohue, INSA, FR
BIOCORE: a concept for the optimal transformation of biomass into commodity chemicals and fuel
Marjan De Mey,Ghent University, BE 
Designer bugs – A new metabolic engineered strain to produce proteins
Richard Gosselink, Wageningen University, NL
Lignin depolymerisation in supercritical solvent

15.30 – 16.00       Coffee Break
                             Plenary Session 9 
                             Chair: Erick Vandamme, 
Ghent University, BE

16.00 – 16.30       The bio-economy in Europe: Policy and research
                             John Claxton
European Commission, Directorate General Research
                             E2 - Biotechnologies

16.30                    Closing Remarks
                             Philippe Tavernier, Development Agency of West Flanders (POM), BE




Parallel Meeting – Open to all RRB6 Participants 


BIOREF-INTEG: Development of Advanced Biorefinery Schemes 
to be Integrated into Existing Industrial (Fuel Producing) Complexes


Dissemination conference 9 June 2010


13.30 – 13.35

Introduction to the Bioref-Integ Project 
Hamid Mozaffarian, ECN, The Netherlands

13.35 – 13.45

Introduction to PortfolioScan
Philippe Willems, VFT, Belgium

13.45 – 14.05

Case 1: Bioethanol sector
Integration of different biorefinery concepts into existing bioethanol plants 

Laura Bermúdez Lopéz, ABNT, Spain

14.05 – 14.25

Case 2: Biodiesel sector
Evaluation of integrated biorefinery schemes based on valorisation of glycerol

Sofie Dobbelaere, Ghent University, Belgium

14.25 – 14.45

Case 3: Pulp and paper sector
Evaluation of innovative biorefinery concepts entering the pulp & paper industry

Christian Hoffstedt, Innventia, Sweden

14.45 – 15.05

Case 7:  Food sector
Evaluation of cheese whey biorefinery 

Koen Meesters, WUR-FBR, The Netherlands

15.05 – 15.20

Coffee Break

15.20 – 15.40

Case 4: Oil Refinery sector
Co-production of biofuels in existing refinery units

Rubén Miravalles Gutiérrez, Repsol, Spain

15:40 – 16:00

Case 5: Power sector
Evaluation of integrated biorefinery technologies in power industry

Herman den Uil, ECN, The Netherlands

16.00 – 16.20

Case 7: Agro sector
7a. Evaluation of integrated biorefinery technologies in the sugar industry 
7b. Evaluation of small scale power production vs. grass biorefinery

Koen Meesters, WUR-FBR, The Netherlands

16.20 – 16.30

PortfolioScan of integrated biorefineries
Philippe Willems, VFT, Belgium

16.30 – 16.50

Panel discussion/concluding remarks





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