Session 3-1: Biofuels and Biochemicals

Keywords:production, processing, and catalytic upgrading of sugars, carboxylic acids, fatty alcohols and other biomolecules into fuels and biochemicals

There has been a growing interest in using advanced biotechnologies to enable biofuel and biochemical production using alternative, non-petroleum resources. Drop-in fuels, alternate energy-dense fuels, fuel blends, performance-advantaged fuels and chemicals, high-value chemicals, chemical platforms, greener chemical production with superior life cycle and sustainability, and chemicals with new functionalities are all part of the equation to continue progress in this area. This session will cover recent advancements made in the production of renewable biofuels and chemicals utilizing innovative approaches. Non-exclusive topics include:


Solange Mussatto – DTU-Denmark
Meltem Urgun Demirtas – ANL

  • Lessons learned from 2nd gen and next-gen operations at the pilot-, demo-, and commercial scale
  • Market analyses of green-chemcals and green manufacturing processes
  • Market application of advanced hydrocarbon and other bio-based fuels
  • Leveraging co-products as a means to lower cost-barriers

Session 3-2: Biopolymers and Biomaterials

Keywords:production, processing, and catalytic upgrading of sugars, carboxylic acids, fatty alcohols and other biomolecules into biopolymers and biomaterials

Petrochemical monomers make up a large fraction of synthetic polymer products that we use in our daily lives and intersect many industries from aerospace and automobiles to manufacturing. Plastics, textiles, structural materials, and multitude of other application could benefit by shifting our attention to natural polymers, synthetic bio-based material and composites, and polymers derived from renewable non-petroleum chemical platforms. The core of this shift lies in sustainability, biodegradability and green processing. This session invites presentations on unique approaches, novel and transformative technologies to replace petroleum-based materials and polymers with bio-derived and other materials and composites with advantageous properties or functions. Non-exclusive topics include:


Tao Dong – NREL
Jason Hallett – Imperial College

  • Market penetration and competitive advantages of renewable polymers
  • Biopolymer properties for industrial and consumer applications
  • Scale-up and marketing obstacles
  • Alternative uses for biomass and natural materials
  • Novel polymers, compounds, materials from renewables

Session 3-3: Industry & Start up Showcase

Keywords:industry showcases, facilities, equipment and processes, start-up operations, public-private partnerships

Early engagement of industry sector and entrepreneurial ventures that aim to meet the bioeconomy agenda are critical to drive the bioeconomy. Market transformation will require target identification, de-risking and technology scale up from a lab bench to biorefinery scale. This session will showcase industry and start up partners that are driving the bioeconomy and have significant vested interested. Non-exclusive topics include:


Jay Fitzgerald – BETO – DOE
Margaret Slupska – POET

  • Status updates for pilot-, demo-, and commercial operations in bio-based feedstock conversion and upgrading
  • Marketing strategies to enable bioeconomy
  • Venture capital criteria for bio-based industries
  • Government incentives and programs to enable the bioeconomy

Session 3-4: Everything Lignin

Keywords:biological and chemical conversion of lignin, lignin engineering, lignin products and applications

Lignin is the only source of renewable aromatics on earth and has the potential to enable the bioeconomy by providing feedstocks and chemical platforms for chemicals, materials and polymer production. However, lignin is heterogeneous and difficult to break down cost effectively. This session covers issues related to lignin utilization. Non-exclusive topics include:


Roberto Rinaldi – Imperial College
Art Ragauskas – ORNL/UTK

  • Lignin modification via genetic engineering
  • Novel fractionation approaches
  • Chemical and biological depolymerization and conversion
  • Approaches to overcome re-condensation and microbial toxicity
  • Novel products from lignin
  • Chemical and physical properties controlling lignin processivity