Chair: Peter Flynn, University of Alberta
Co-chair: Foster Agblevor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Topics for this session include sustainability considerations, environmental and economic impacts, innovative collection, storage and transportation methods, and plant science applications.
Chair: Joel Cherry, Novozymes, Inc.
Co-chair: Kevin Gray, Diversa Corporation
Speakers will focus on how to identify, modify, develop, cost effectively produce and use enzymes to carry out a myriad of biological/chemical transformations.
Chair: Robert Benson, Tembec Chemical Products Group
Co-chair: Paris Tsobanakis, Cargill, Inc.
This session will focus on biorefining operations that exist today and the opportunities and lessons they provide for building the advanced biorefineries of the future.
Chair: Sean Simpson, AgriGenesis Biosciences, Ltd.
Co-chair: Wilfred Vermerris, Purdue University
New approaches will bolster the sustainable success of bioenergy and bioproducts. The potential of transgenic, genetic, and genomic-based modifications to impact the architectural, compositional, or metabolic functions of plants will be discussed in relation to an enhanced renewables base.
Chair: Rick Elander, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Co-chair: Mohammed Moniruzzaman, Genencor International
Novel reactor configurations as well as new process approaches to pretreat and saccharify biomass will be the focus of this session.
Chair: Ray Miller, E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company, Inc.
Co-chair: Matt Tobin, Codexis
Biological rather than petrochemical production of chemicals and other value-added bioproducts will be discussed in this session. Advances in process integration, demonstration, economics, and commercialization will be highlighted.
Chair: Lisbeth Olsson, BioCentrum-DTU, Technical University of Denmark
Co-Chair: Aristos Aristidou, NatureWorks LLC
This session will focus on finding new and further developing existing microorganisms for improved performance in producing fuels and chemicals.
Chair: Michael Ladisch, Purdue University
Co-chair: Peter Yu, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
This session will cover reactor configurations and the integration of engineering with microbiology, biochemistry, and chemistry to produce fuels and chemicals.
A)* International Energy Agency Task #39-Liquid Biofuels
Chair: Jack Saddler, University of British Columbia
B)* "Outside of a Small Circle of Friends:" Changing Attitudes About Biomass as a Sustainable Energy Supply
Chair: John Sheehan, National Renewable Energy Laboratory