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.

Special Topics

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.

Special Topic 1 (co-sponsored by IEA Bioenergy Task 39): International Biofuels Commercialization Updates

Special Topic 2: Updates on US & International Centers for Research in Bioenergy