Session 1: Structural and chemical complexity of lignocellulose
Pr Shi-You Ding,
Michigan State University, USA
Lignocellulose is a complex material due to its multiscale structure and chemical heterogeneity. Gaining more knowledge in our capacity to characterize its properties is important to optimise its deconstruction.
Expected contributions: techniques investigating complexity of lignocellulose, with a special interest for multiscale approaches and modelling/simulation techniques, combining chemical, microscopy, structural analysis.
Session 2: Physical, chemical and biological deconstruction of lignocellulose
Pr Sara Blumer-Shuette,
Oakland University, USA
Conversion of lignocellulose into intermediate molecules requires efficient processes having low environmental impact and low cost to be competitive, while taking into account when possible all the polymers making lignocellulose.
Expected contributions: relevant approaches to fractionate, extract and/or purify fibres, polymers, oligomers and molecules from lignocellulose, with a special interest for original and/or industrialy-relevant routes, possibly combining physical, chemical and biological pathways.
Session 3: Lignocellulose as a source of biomolecules for energy and platforms molecules
Pr Jeremy Luterbacher
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Making energy and bioproducts from lignocellulose is expected to drive the emergence of bioeconomy, but some improvements are still necessary to optimise (bio)catalytic processes.
Expected contributions: approaches to turn fractionated lignocellulose into biomolecules for energy and comodities to replace their fossil-based counterpart, with a special interest for original and/or industrialy-relevant routes.
Session 4: Biobased materials from lignocellulose
Dr Tatsuo Kaneko,
Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Materials in packaging for example need to be biobased and to degrade without compromising environment: lignocellulose can contribute to such a change.
Expected contributions: original development of lignocellulose-based materials, not only to make identical materials as those from fossil carbon, but rather to propose new materials with intelligent properties.
A special emphasis will be given to interdisciplinary approaches, in particular to those related to bioeconomy and machine learning techniques to tackle lignocellulose challenges in the sessions described above.