Session 1-1: Lignocellulosic Feedstocks

Keywords: energy crops, crop engineering, next-generation lignocellulosics, feedstock handling, engineering operations and scale up

Terrestrial lignocellulosic feedstocks are a critical component of the bio-based economy. Non-exclusive areas of interest for this session include:


Jan Westpheling – UGA
Troy Semelsberger – LANL

  • Genetic and environmental manipulation of biomass feedstocks for improved conversion traits

  • Analytical methodologies for characterization of feedstocks in the laboratory or field

  • Geology, geographic, climate, and soil impacts on biomass recalcitrance

  • Agricultural, silvicultural and land-use practices for growing and harvesting renewable feedstocks more efficiently

Session 1-2: Lipid Production and Processing

Keywords: algal, microbial, and plant production of lipids. growth, harvesting, and processing technologies, engineering operations and scale up

Large-scale production of lipids for the production of bio-based transportation fuels is a potential gold mine for the transportation sector, especially airlines and long-distance shipping and hauling. Non-exclusive areas of interest for this session include:


Sergei Markov – Austin Peay State University
Taraka Dale – LANL

  • Comparative analyses or evaluation of the performance different lipid production platforms in preprocessing and/or conversion processes
  • Harvesting, processing, and upgrading of lipids from various production systems
  • Engineering of lipid-producing systems

Session 1-3: Waste and Gaseous Feedstocks

Keywords: waste water, food waste, manure, crop residues, CO, H2, CO2, CH4, syngas, biogas, anaerobic digestion, engineering operations and scale up

Stack-gases, anaerobic digestion gas, and fossil fuel flaring operations are only a few of the potential sources of microbially useful C1 feedstocks. Large scale waste production and utilization, including food waste, manure, processing wastes, MSW, and sewage are a few of the potential waste streams available for large scale conversion to fuels and chemicals. For all of these, non-exclusive areas of interest include:


Ian Rowe – BETO – DOE
Anna Schnurer – SLU-Sweden

  • Development of captive, waste-based, and alternative feedstock conversion technologies
  • Biogas, syngas, CO2 fixation, natural gas, and other non-biomass derived feedstocks
  • Non-methanogenic or anaerobic digestion of wastewater and other feedstocks
  • Incorporation of renewable H2 into waste and gas processing
  • Engineering and scale up operations

Session 1-4: Technoeconomic, Geopolitical, and Life Cycle Analyses

Keywords: land use, governmental incentives and programs, TEA modeling, LCA modeling, food vs. fuel

Feedstocks are a major factor in the economics of any bioconversion process. The source, sustainability, and primary use of feedstocks have a major impact on the development and implementation of commercial biomass conversion operations. The following lists non-exclusive topics of specific interest for this track:


Mary Biddy – NREL
Tom Richard – Penn State

  • Land-use impacts for dedicated biomass conversion feedstocks
  • Technoeconomic analyses of feedstock conversion processes
  • Life Cycle Analyses of feedstock conversion processes
  • Social and political implications of feedstock generation and conversion; food-vs.-fuel, government incentives, environmental impacts and regulations