SBFC – Oral Presentation Sessions
The Program at a glance (pdf) is available and includes the most current listing of sessions and session locations.
The program abstracts are now available ONLINE. Subject to change.
Topic Area 1 – Biomass Resource Supply, Development and Characterization
Plant Genetics & Engineering
- Diversity in native and engineered structures of plant cell walls.
- Plant science to enhance the quantity and quality of plant materials as a renewable feedstocks base.
- Breeding or manipulation of plant cell wall composition to improve plant yield or processing characteristics.
- Scale up trails of promising new plant cultivars exhibiting improved growth or processing traits.
- Advances in in planta expression of enzymes or coproducts.
Biomass Supply, Logistics & Sustainability
- Improvements in agronomic practices and plant cultivation technologies to enhance the quantity and quality of plant materials as a renewable feedstocks base.
- Advances in efficiency or economics of collection and harvesting technologies and supply chain logistics for agricultural and woody biomass types.
- Feedstock production life cycle analysis and related sustainability analyses and their validation, including water and land use impacts.
Biomass Physicochemical Analysis
- Advances in physicochemical characterization of biomass feedstocks and processing intermediates.
- Improved methods for physical and compositional analysis of biomass materials.
- Higher throughput and more rapid techniques for determining biomass physical properties, structure and composition.
Biomass Recalcitrance to Deconstruction
- Biophysical origins of biomass recalcitrance.
- Fundamental studies of plant cell wall biogenesis and perturbation of cell wall synthesis to alter recalcitrance.
- Improvements in understanding cell wall structure and composition.
- The roles of hemicelluloses, pectins and lignins in recalcitrance.
Topic Area 2 – Conversion Technologies (Deconstruction or Synthesis)
Pretreatment & Fractionation (multiple sessions)
- Advances in chemical and biochemical biomass pretreatment or fractionation processes to improve downstream biological conversion or processing.
- Progress in demonstrating, scaling up and characterizing existing renewable feedstock pretreatment or fractionation technologies.
- Improved measurement and control of continuous pretreatment or fractionation processes.
- Development of new chemistries and methods for pretreatment and fractionation, including ionic liquids and solvent-based techniques.
Microbial Science & Technology (multiple sessions)
- New biocatalyst discovery and pathway engineering for biofuels and bio-based chemicals production.
- Improved algal production of lipids and other products through strain engineering and process optimization.
- Advances in metabolic engineering for consolidated bioprocessing.
- Progress in pathway engineering for new products and alternative substrate utilization.
- Better understanding of the genetics and cellular and molecular biology of microbial systems for production of renewable fuels and chemicals and strategies for enhanced microbial robustness.
- Bioprocess development and scale up for biofuels and chemicals.
Enzyme Science & Technology (multiple sessions)
- New and improved assay methods and characterization techniques for biomass depolymerizing and debranching enzymes.
- Advances in enzyme engineering for improved activity, thermostability, substrate utilization, and process condition tolerance.
- Improvements in enzymatic lignin deconstruction.
- Progress in understanding and applying oxidative enzymes, expansins, swollenins, and other cell wall disrupting enzymes to improve plant cell wall deconstruction.
- Characterizing and improving enzyme synergy in biomass hydrolysis: cellulases, hemicellulases, accessory, and oxidative enzymes.
- Molecular level modeling and structural studies to increase understanding of enzyme functionality and mechanisms.
- Recent progress in reducing the cost of biomass refining enzymes.
Bioprocessing & Separations Technology
- Advances in the performance assessment and scale up demonstration of integrated bioconversion processes (bench, pilot, and larger scales).
- Improvements in materials handling, continuous high solids processing, and upstream biorefining separations processes.
- Development of more efficient and downstream product separation and recovery strategies.
- Progress in in situ product recovery or biocatalyst recycle.
- Advances in merging thermochemical processes with biological conversion.
Topic Area 3 – Fuels and Chemicals Products (Larger Scale Production and Biorefinery Techno-economic and Sustainability Analyses)
Biofuels/Bioproducts Economics & Commercialization
- Scale up evaluation and demonstration of biorefining processes for the production of biofuels and/or bio-based chemicals.
- Techno-economic assessment of bio-based product manufacturing and integrated biorefinery operations.
- Commercialization of biofuels and bio-based chemicals.
Industrial Bio-based Chemicals
- New routes and targets for biotechnological production of renewable chemicals.
- Manufacturing bio-based commodity chemicals from renewable feedstocks.
- Development of non-fuel co-products from biorefining process streams.
- Production of high-value chemicals or materials from renewable feedstocks.
Advanced Biofuels and Refinery Feedstocks
- Biotechnologies for the production of liquid fuels (butanol, alkyl esters, and beyond).
- Development of infrastructure-compatible hydrocarbon biofuels that can directly substitute or blend with current petroleum-derived fuels (gasoline, diesel, and beyond).
- Production of bio-based intermediates for petroleum refinery feedstocks.
- Logistics of large volume delivery and use of renewable fuels.
- Engine testing and certification of new renewable fuels.
Integrated Biorefineries LCA & Sustainability Analyses
- Life cycle assessment of renewable feedstock-based biorefineries.
- Advances in understanding and measuring integrated biorefinery energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.
- Analysis of biorefinery feedstock supply chain factors such as land availability, soil quality and water use.
Note: While submissions are welcome, Special Topics session formats will be different than regular technical sessions (e.g., shorter talks, panel discussions, etc.) and will include invited presentations.