Frontiers in Biorefining – 2012

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Agenda with Abstracts and Presentations

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.:

Registration/Social Hour

7:00 a.m. – 7:50 a.m.:

Breakfast and Welcome
Conference Registration

7:50 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.:

Welcome and Opening Remarks – Timothy Rials (University of Tennessee)

Plenary Session: Biorefinery Concepts for Chemicals and Products

Moderator: Liam Leighlty (Institute for Advanced Learning and Research)

8:00 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.:

Computational Modeling of Biomass Conversion Systems
Gregg Beckham (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)
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8:40 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.:

Manipulation of Lignin Biosynthesis in Plants: The Low Hanging Fruit in Feedstock Improvement for the Biorefinery
Clint Chapple (Purdue University)
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9:20 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.:

Innovative Biomanufacturing Platform: Cell­Free Synthetic Pathway Biotransformation
Percival Zhang (Virginia Tech)
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10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.:

Coffee Break

10:15 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.:

High Terpene Pines: Transforming Existing and Enabling New Forest Biorefineries
Gary Peter (University of Florida)
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10:55 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.:

Biorefinery Development: The Danish Perspective
Claus Felby (University of Copenhagen)
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12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.:

Session 2A: From Pretreatment to Fractionation (1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.)

Moderator: Percival Zhang (Virginia Tech)

Biomass Into Bioproducts
Julie Carrier (University of Arkansas)
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A Biological Approach to Cleaning up Fermentation Inhibitors Present in Sugar Biomass
Nancy Nichols (USDA – National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research)
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Understanding Biomass Recalcitrance Using Advanced Imaging
John Yarbrough (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

Biobutanol from Forest Residues by SO2 Ethanol–Water Fractionation and ABE Fermentation
Adriaan van Heiningen (University of Maine)
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“Melt–Compounded” Biomass: A Unique Pretreatment for Cellulose Saccharification and Lignin Extraction
Scott Renneckar (Virginia Tech)
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Effect of Surfactants Pre­Treatment on Lignocellulosic Biomass
Rashmi Kataria (Trinity College Dublin)
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Session 2B: Chemical Catalysis (1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.)

Moderator: Laura Jarboe (Iowa State University)

Mechano–Catalytic Depolymerization of Cellulose
Roberto Rinaldi (Max­Planck Institute)

The BBB Process: Biomass to Biofuels and Bioproducts
Michel Delmas (University of Toulouse)
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Alloyed Bimetallic Catalysts to Manipulate Product Distributions During the Oxydation of Polyols
Peter Miedziak (Cardiff University)
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Preparation and Characterization of Modified Lignin for the Production of Carbon Fibers
Sabornie Chatterjee (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
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Poster Session

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Please click on the Posters page to see the posters list and download posters and abstracts in PDF format

7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.:


Session 3A: Biocatalytic Conversion (8:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.)

Moderator: Claus Felby (University of Copenhagen)

Redesigning E.coli Metabolism for Obligate Anaerobic Production of Biofuels and Biochemicals
Cong Trinh (University of Tennessee)
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Investigation of Structural Changes in Cel7A Cellulase when Bound to Cellulose Substrates
Hugh O’Neill (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
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Genetic Engineering of Streptomyces Bacteria as Lignocellulose Biorefineries
Jason Sello (Brown University)
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Producing Drop–In Hydrocarbon Biofuels from Lignocellulosic Biomass Materials
Birgitte Ahring (Washington State University)
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Cellulase Production by Solid State Fermentation on Wet Corn Distillers Grains
Hossein Noureddini (University of Nebraska Lincoln)
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Conversion of Cellulosic Biomass from Grass into fermentable Sugars and its Effective Utilization for Biosynthesis of Medium Chain Length Polyhydroxyalkanoates (MCL–PHA) by Pseudomonas SSP
Reeta Davis (University College Dublin)
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Session 3B: Advances in Analytical Techniques and Computational Processes (8:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.)

Moderator: Peter Muller (Perkin Elmer)

Surface and Subsurface Physical and Chemical Characterization of Soft Materials at the Nanoscale
Laurene Tetard (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
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Applications of Computational Chemistry to the Reactions of Lignin
Thomas Elder (USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station)
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Overcoming Recalcitrance of Biobased Feedstocks Through Catalytic Conversions
Gnana Gnanakaran (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
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Lignin Model Pyrolysis: a Computational Approach
Ariana Beste (University of Tennessee)
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From Paper Trails to Electronic Management Systems: Green Lining for the Biomass Conversion Process
Anis Khimani (Perlin Elmer)
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Free Time

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.:

Social Hour

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.:

Conference Dinner

Lignin Rich Residues from Biomass to Chemicals and Fuels
Guliz Elliott (Chemtex International, Inc.)
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7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.:


Session 4A: Chemical Processes (8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.)

Moderator: Gregg Beckham (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

Catalytic Strategies for the Selective Hydrogenolysis of Lignin and Selective Defunctionalization of Bio–0il Under Low–Severity Conditions
Roberto Rinaldi (Max–Planck Institute)
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High Throughput Biomass Conversion in Supercritical Water and Product Separations as an “End of Pipe” Technology in a Biomass Refinery
Doug Hendry (University of Missouri)
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Conversion of Sugars to Hydrocarbons via Depolymerization and Decarboxylation of Polyhydroxyalkanoates
David Johnson (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)
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Carbon Fiber from Engineered Lignin
Darren Baker (University of Tennessee)
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Pyrolysis of Lignin to Create a New Foundry Fuel Source
Nicole Brown (Pennsylvania State University)
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Cheap and Abundant Catalysts for Biomass Conversion Including Lignin
Mahdi Abu­Omar (Purdue University)
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Session 4B: Industrial Processes (8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.)

Moderator: Barry Goodell (Virginia Tech)

New Technologies for Wood Pretreatment within the Concept of the Biorefinery and Novel Uses of Cell Wall Components
Orlando Rojas (North Carolina State University)
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Biosynthesis and Characterization of Medium­Chain­Length Poly(3­Hydroxyalkanoates)
Hideki Abe (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
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Production of High – Valued Chemicals from Fractional Catalytic Pyrolysis of Biomass)
Foster Agblevor (Utah State University)
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Engineering Bacteria to Produce Bio­Styrene and Other Aromatic Chemicals
David Nielsen (Arizona State University)
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