RRB-8 – Final Program

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Monday, 4 June 2012

08.30 – 12.30

Optional: Visit AIRBUS factory (number of participants is limited)

12.00 – 13.25


13.25 – 14.00

Official Opening
Nicole Belloubet, First Vice-President of the Midi-Pyrénées Regional Council
Gilbert Casamatta, President of the Université de Toulouse

14.00 – 15.20

Plenary Session

Bioproducts in aeronautics
Yohan Allouche, Alternative Fuels Research Project Manager, Airbus
Meeting the challenges of feedstock supply: A UK perspective

Angela Karp, Centre for Bioenergy and Climate Change, Rothamsted Research, UK


15.20 – 16.30

Coffee Break, Exhibition & Poster Session

16.30 – 18.00 Parallel Sessions 1A and 1B



Session 1A
Biobased polymers and materials (I)
Chair: Sophie Thiébaud-Roux, University of Toulouse, FR

Session 1B
Valorisation of biomass waste streams
Chair:Carlos Vaca-Garcia, University of Toulouse, FR
Arno Behr, TU Dortmund, DE
From fat and oils to biopolymers: Homogenous catalyst reactions of oleochemicals to bifunctional monomers
Pieter C. A. Bruijnincx, Utrecht University, NL
Catalytic valorization of humins: Influence of feedstock and processing conditions on molecular structure, chemical properties AND solubilization
Antoine Rouilly, Toulouse, FR
High pressure molding of natural polymers
Maria Isabel Nunes, University of Aveiro, PT
Production of biodiesel from waste cooking oil: Assessment of catalysts performance
Benjamin Brehmer, Evonik Industries AG, DE
What is in store for bio-based polyamides?
Hannes Pieper, VITO, BE
A techno-economic evaluation of a biomass energy conversion park
PhD short communication
Alla Nesterenko, Université de Toulouse, FR
Influence of vegetable proteins modifications on their encapsulating properties
PhD short communication
Sofia Tsakona, Agricultural University of Athens, GR
Production of generic fermentation feedstock from flour based industrial waste streams



19.00 Reception at the Town Hall offered by the Mayor of Toulouse



Tuesday, 5 June 2012

08.30 – 10.00 Parallel Sessions 2A and 2B



Session 2A
Biobased polymers and materials (II)

Chair: Vanessa Durrieu, University of Toulouse, FR

Session 2B
Bioactive compounds from biomass
Chair: Thierry Talou, University of Toulouse, FR

Julien Bras, INP Grenoble, FR
Influence of nanocellulose on biocomposites properties

Ana Paula Duarte, University of Beira Interior, PT
Bioactive compounds from Hakea sericea schrader extracts: Antioxidant and antimicrobial activities
Ed de Jong, Avantium
PEF polyesters for next generation, 100% biobased, carbonated softdrink bottles
Tamara Allaf, Université d’Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse, FR
Innovative extraction process combination

Patrick Fuertes, Roquette, FR

New green building blocks for polymers and plasticizers

Guido Reinhardt, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research Heidelberg, DE
Green chemicals from biorefineries with glycerol as feedstock: a life cycle assessment
PhD short communication
Sophie Roelants, Ghent University, BE
Production of the bioplastic PHA by the yeast candida bombicola
PhD short communication
Diana Dobravalskyte, Kaunas University, LT
By-products of agrorefined medieval aromatic plants: A potential source of bio-actives extracts for natural conservative additives



10.00 – 10.30

Coffee Break and Exhibition
10.30 – 12.00 Parallel Sessions 3A and 3B



Session 3A
Tailor-made biocatalysis for bioresource transformation (II)

Chair: Erick Vandamme, Ghent University, BE

Session 3B
Industrial crops and biorefineries

Chair: Pierre Monsan, University of Toulouse, FR

Andreas Bommarius, Georgia Tech, USA
Rate limitations in the enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulose
Jean-François Rous, SOFIPROTEOL, France
P.I.V.E.R.T: Development of an oil-based biorefinery
Sandra Hinz, Dyadic Nederland, NL 
The xylanase machinery of Myceliophthora thermophila C1
Paul Stuart, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, CA
Biorefinery 101: Designing minimum risk and maximum return biorefinery strategies in the forestry sector
Timothy D.H. Bugg, University of Warwick, UK
Bacterial enzymes for lignin degradation and production of aromatic chemicals from lignocellulose
Gérard Goma, Université of Toulouse, FR
Biomass, a precious resource that requires novel biorefinery concepts: Towards petro-biorefineries

PhD short communication
Nuno Pedro, Escola Superior Agrária, PT

Enhanced enzymatic hydrolysis of olive tree wood by acid pretreatment

PhD short communication
Marijke Van der Steen, Ghent University, BE
Synthesis of renewable chemicals from castor oil



12.00 – 12.45 Keynote Lecture
Production of biofuel from cellulosic biomass through synthetic bio-engineering approach
Akihiko Kondo, Kobe University, JP
12.45 – 14.15
Lunch offered by Roquette + Poster Session
14.15 – 15.45 Parallel Sessions 4A and 4B



Session 4A
Advanced generation bioenergy vectors (I)

Chair: Philippe Tavernier, Development Agency of West-Flanders (POM), BE

Session 4B
Pretreatment and transformation of lignocellulose
Chair: Michael O'Donohue, INRA, FR
Jean-Baptiste Barbaroux, Global-Bioenergies, FR
A feedstock-agnostic gaseous fermentation process leading to drop-in fuels such as IsoOctane, Jetfuel and Diesel
Michel Delmas, CIMV, FR
Industrial biorefining of lignocellulose for pulp / ethanol, xylose and biolignin ™ production by the CIMV technology: Main facts and features
Jean-Paul Lange, Shell Global Solutions Int., NL
Furfural – a promising platform for biofuels
Jonathan R. Mielenz, Bioenergy Science Center, US
Synergistic impact of improved consolidated bioprocessing microorganisms and natural or variant feedstocks
Tarja Tamminen, VTT – Technical Research Centre of Finland, FI
Hot water extraction of scots pine wood chips prior to organosolv cooking
Vivekanand Vivekanand, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, NO
Effect of different steam explosion conditions on methane potential and saccharFIcation of birch (Betula L.)
PhD short communication
Maud Babau, Université de Toulouse, FR
Metabolism and dynamic of triacylglycerols accumulation with rhodotorula glutinis: Application to advanced biofuels
PhD short communication
Nicoleta-Ioana Vladut, Université de Grenoble, FR
Wood pulp delignification with hydrogen peroxide catalyzed by a nitrogen-containing metallic complex



15.45 – 16.15

Coffee Break and Exhibition
16.15 – 17.45 Parallel Sessions 5A and 5B



Session 5A
Advanced generation bioenergy vectors (II)
Chair: Wim Soetaert, Ghent University, BE
Session 5B
Thermochemical transformations of biomass
Chair: Tony Bridgwater, Aston University, UK
Adrie Straathof, Delft University of Technology, NL
Enriching diesel with butyl butyrate using simultaneously Clostridium acetobutylicum fermentation, lipase-catalyzed esterification, and ester extraction in one pot

Tony Bridgwater, Aston University, UK

Fast pyrolysis as a flexible technology in biorefineries

Claire Dumas, INRA, Narbonne, FR

Hydrogen production from wheat straw by dark fermentation. Impact of enzymatic pre-hydrolysis and enzyme addition

Cherif Larabi, University of Lyon, FR
Thermocatalysis under hydrogene of pine wood monitored by in situ and ex situ techniques

John A. Posada, Utrecht University, NL 
Integration the concept of biorefinery on a biodiesel production plant: fuel, chemical and energy production
Paul de Wild, Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), NL 
Libra, prolytic lignin valorisation as key-issue for a profitable biorefinery

PhD short communication

Sukhwinder Singh, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, DE

PhD short communication

Jan Van den Bulcke, Ghent University, BE

High-throughput characterization of biomass for energy



18.00 – 19.00 Guided visit of Toulouse, old town
20.00 – 23.00 Conference Dinner



Wednesday, 6 June 2012

08.30 – 10.00 Parallel Sessions 6A and 6B



Session 6A

Chair:Guido Reinhardt, IFEU, Heidelberg, DE

Session 6B
Chemical platform molecules

Chair: Christian Stevens, Ghent University, BE

Nigel Mortimer, Nuffield Council on Bioethics, UK
Biofuels: the ethical issues

Gemma Brett, Cardif University, UK
Chemicals from biorenewable resources

Elina Warsta, UNECE, Geneva, CH
Challenges for sustainability in the forest sector: promoting wood energy, biomass carbon storage, or biodiversity?

Madalina Sandulescu-Tudorache, University of Bucharest, RO
Biocatalytic synthesis of glycerol carbonate – Green alternative on glycerol chemistry

Shabnam Sanaei, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, CA
Application of multi-criteria decision making approach to assess sustainability of triticale-based biorefinery strategies

Tim Sieker, University of Kaiserslautern, DE
Fermentation of beech wood hydrolysates to itaconic acid
PhD short communication
Stefan Hoeltinger, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, AT
Sustainable supply chain design of green biorefineries in Austria
PhD short communication
Solenne Despax, Agro-industrie Recherches et Développements, FR
Conversion of carbohydrates from lignocellulosic biomass into 5-hydroxymethylfurfural



10.00 – 10.30 Coffee Break and Exhibition
10.30 – 12.00 Parallel Sessions 7A and 7B



Session 7A
Process intensification for biorefineries

Chair: Laurent Prat, University of Toulouse, FR

Session 7B
Making the bioeconomy transition - finance and legislation for change

Chair: Philippe Tavernier, Development Agency of West-Flanders (POM), BE

Thibault Lesaffre, Novasep, FR
Advanced purification technologies for biobased chemicals


Christian Gollier, Toulouse School of Economics, FR

Valuation of green projects

Peter Jochems, Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO), BE

Immobilization of beta-galactosidase on membranes for process intensification

Gunter Festel, Butalco/Festel Capital, CH
Commercialisation of new technologies by founding angels
Geneviève Doreau, Maguin, FR
The concept of a biorefinery: Looking to the future
Ludwig Goris, Capricorn Venture Partners, BE
Perspectives for a sound investment rationale in a bio-based economy
PhD short communication
Sushil S. Gaykawad, Delft University of Technology, NL
Integration of ethanol fermentation and pervaporation
PhD short communication
Valérie Vandermeulen, Ghent University, BE
Industry’s expectations regarding the transition towards a biobased economy



12.00 – 12.45
Keynote Lecture
Environnemental assessment of Green chemistry from Renewable Carbon
Guido Reinhardt, INRA, FR
12.45 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 14.30 Poster session
14.30 – 16.00 Parallel Sessions 8A and 8B



Session 8A
Metabolic engineering of  fermentation processes
Chair:  Anton Glieder, TU Graz, A

Session 8B
Micro-algae technology

Chair: Carlos Vaca-Garcia, University of Toulouse, FR

Merja Penttilä, Technical Research Centre, FI

Metabolic engineering of yeast and filamentous fungi for hemicellulose sugar valorisation to chemicals

Jean Francois JenckAlgoSource Technologies, FR

Microalgae: converting solar energy and waste-nutrients into valuable products

Ka-Yiu San, Rice University, US

High level production of medium and short chain fatty acids and fatty acid derivatives from renewable sources

Linsey Garcia-Gonzalez, Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO), BE

Disruption of microalgae as a first step in the recovery of intracellular metabolites

Ruud A. Weusthuis, Wageningen University, NL
Microbial production of bulk chemicals: development of anaerobic processes

Han Vervaeren, Howest, BE

Wastewater treatment with MaB flocs : from lab 

to pilot scale

PhD short communication
Ischa Lamot, Wageningen University, NL

NADPH regeneration for more efficient fermentation processes

PhD short communication
Amaury Massart, University of Mons, BE
Comparison of biomass production and nitrogen consumption of five microalgae in order to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and to produce biofuels



16.00 – 16.15

Closing Remarks RRB-8
Presentation of RRB-9

16.15 – 17.00

Farewell Cheese & Wine Tasting (Booth 4A7, DO IT)