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FALCON Workshop @ BBEPP: Lignin Valorization towards fuels, chemicals and materials

January 30, 2019 @ 09:30 - 16:30 CET


The project:

The FALCON project aims to convert lignin-rich industrial waste of 2G biofuel plants to higher value products, in particular shipping fuels, fuel additives and chemical building blocks. The FALCON process is based on enzymatic and mild chemical conversion of the lignin waste stream, providing a more environmentally friendly approach to the production of fuels and chemical building blocks.
CLICK HERE to Watch the Falcon Video and/or the Schematic Overview of the Falcon project. 


The workshop: 

The first FALCON workshop is titled “Lignin valorization towards fuels, chemicals and materials” and will be held at the Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant in Ghent (Belgium) on 30 January 2019.

Biomass of all types becomes increasingly important to provide biofuels, materials and chemical building blocks. This is a must to create a sustainable society, to reduce waste and to meet the targets for minimizing climate change. The European Union’s 2020 Research and Innovation Programme is funding this transition which is urgently needed and which also has consequences for the chemical and energy sectors.

One of the projects funded is the FALCON project which focuses in particular on valorization of lignin which is the most recalcitrant component in plant biomass.  As biorefinery strategies for biomass treatment and its upgrading are essential to realize viable processes, the FALCON consortium decided to organize a one-day Workshop with experts in the field as confirmed speakers. This event also offers a nice opportunity for participants to meet experts and expand their network.


 9:30 – 10:00 Registration and Coffee
10:00 – 10:45 CALIBRA: CAscading LIgnin BioRefinery Approach
Paul J. de Wild, Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands
10:45 – 11:30 Peroxygenases: Extracellular fungal enzymes with promiscuity for oxyfunctionalization reactions but unknown natural function
Martin Hofrichter, TU Dresden
11:30 – 12:15 Ligin-first biorefining of lignocellulose from the perspective of the catalyst
Inês Graça, Imperial College London
12:15 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:15 The advantageous role of heterogeneous catalysis in biorefinery and biomass upgrading
Bert Sels, KU Leuven
15:15 – 15:00 The Fuel Science Center – Adaptive Conversion Systems for Renewable Energy and Carbon Sources
Bastian Lehrheuer, RWTH Aachen University
15:00 – 15:20 Coffee Break
15:20 – 16:05 Integrated biomass processing. Toward new generation cellulose production units
Dominique Lachenal, Grenoble – INP
16:05 End of the meeting


Registration Fee: 140€

Please, register here: http://shop.fungalbiodiversitycentre.com/meetings/ 

The FALCON project receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No 720918.


January 30, 2019
09:30 - 16:30
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Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant
Rodenhuizekaai 1
Gent, 9042 Belgium
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