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Agenda with Abstracts and Presentations
Tuesday October 30, 2012
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.:
Registration/Social Hour
Wednesday October 31, 2012
7:00 a.m. – 7:50 a.m.:
Breakfast and Welcome
Conference Registration
7:50 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.:
Welcome and Opening Remarks – Timothy Rials (University of Tennessee)
Plenary Session: Biorefinery Concepts for Chemicals and Products
  Moderator: Liam Leighlty (Institute for Advanced Learning and Research)
8:00 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.:
Computational Modeling of Biomass Conversion Systems
Gregg Beckham (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)
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8:40 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.:
Manipulation of Lignin Biosynthesis in Plants: The Low Hanging Fruit in Feedstock Improvement for the Biorefinery
Clint Chapple (Purdue University)
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9:20 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.:
Innovative Biomanufacturing Platform: Cell­Free Synthetic Pathway Biotransformation
Percival Zhang (Virginia Tech)
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10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.:
Coffee Break
10:15 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.:
High Terpene Pines: Transforming Existing and Enabling New Forest Biorefineries
Gary Peter (University of Florida)
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10:55 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.:
Biorefinery Development: The Danish Perspective
Claus Felby (University of Copenhagen)
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11:35 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.:
Joe Bozell (University of Tennessee)
12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.:
Timothy G. Rials (University of Tennessee)
Session 2A: From Pretreatment to Fractionation
1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Moderator: Percival Zhang (Virginia Tech)
Session 2B: Chemical Catalysis
1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Moderator: Laura Jarboe (Iowa State University)
Biomass Into Bioproducts
Julie Carrier (University of Arkansas)
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Mechano–Catalytic Depolymerization of Cellulose
Roberto Rinaldi (Max­Planck Institute)
The BBB Process: Biomass to Biofuels and Bioproducts
Michel Delmas (University of Toulouse)
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A Biological Approach to Cleaning up Fermentation Inhibitors Present in Sugar Biomass
Nancy Nichols (USDA – National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research)
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Understanding Biomass Recalcitrance Using Advanced Imaging
John Yarbrough (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)
Coffee Break
Biobutanol from Forest Residues by SO2 Ethanol–Water Fractionation and ABE Fermentation
Adriaan van Heiningen (University of Maine)
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Alloyed Bimetallic Catalysts to Manipulate Product Distributions During the Oxydation of Polyols
Peter Miedziak (Cardiff University)
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"Melt–Compounded" Biomass: A Unique Pretreatment for Cellulose Saccharification and Lignin Extraction
Scott Renneckar (Virginia Tech)
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Effect of Surfactants Pre­Treatment on Lignocellulosic Biomass
Rashmi Kataria (Trinity College Dublin)
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Preparation and Characterization of Modified Lignin for the Production of Carbon Fibers
Sabornie Chatterjee (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
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Poster Session
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Please click on the Posters page to see the posters list and download posters and abstracts in PDF format
Thursday November 1, 2012
7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.:
Session 3A: Biocatalytic Conversion
8:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Moderator: Claus Felby (University of Copenhagen)
Session 3B: Advances in Analytical Techniques and Computational Processes
8:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Moderator: Peter Muller (Perkin Elmer)
Redesigning E.coli Metabolism for Obligate Anaerobic Production of Biofuels and Biochemicals
Cong Trinh (University of Tennessee)
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Surface and Subsurface Physical and Chemical Characterization of Soft Materials at the Nanoscale
Laurene Tetard (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
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Investigation of Structural Changes in Cel7A Cellulase when Bound to Cellulose Substrates
Hugh O'Neill (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
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Genetic Engineering of Streptomyces Bacteria as Lignocellulose Biorefineries
Jason Sello (Brown University)
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Coffee Break
Producing Drop–In Hydrocarbon Biofuels from Lignocellulosic Biomass Materials
Birgitte Ahring (Washington State University)
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Applications of Computational Chemistry to the Reactions of Lignin
Thomas Elder (USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station)
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Cellulase Production by Solid State Fermentation on Wet Corn Distillers Grains
Hossein Noureddini (University of Nebraska Lincoln)
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Overcoming Recalcitrance of Biobased Feedstocks Through Catalytic Conversions
Gnana Gnanakaran (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
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Lignin Model Pyrolysis: a Computational Approach
Ariana Beste (University of Tennessee)
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Conversion of Cellulosic Biomass from Grass into fermentable Sugars and its Effective Utilization for Biosynthesis of Medium Chain Length Polyhydroxyalkanoates (MCL–PHA) by Pseudomonas SSP
Reeta Davis (University College Dublin)
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From Paper Trails to Electronic Management Systems: Green Lining for the Biomass Conversion Process
Anis Khimani (Perlin Elmer)
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Free Time
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.:
Social Hour
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.:
Conference Dinner
Lignin Rich Residues from Biomass to Chemicals and Fuels
Guliz Elliott (Chemtex International, Inc.)
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Friday November 2, 2012
7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.:
Session 4A: Chemical Processes
8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Moderator: Gregg Beckham (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)
Session 4B: Industrial Processes
8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Moderator: Barry Goodell (Virginia Tech)
Catalytic Strategies for the Selective Hydrogenolysis of Lignin and Selective Defunctionalization of Bio–0il Under Low–Severity Conditions
Roberto Rinaldi (Max–Planck Institute)
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New Technologies for Wood Pretreatment within the Concept of the Biorefinery and Novel Uses of Cell Wall Components
Orlando Rojas (North Carolina State University)
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Biosynthesis and Characterization of Medium­Chain­Length Poly(3­Hydroxyalkanoates)
Hideki Abe (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
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Conversion of Sugars to Hydrocarbons via Depolymerization and Decarboxylation of Polyhydroxyalkanoates
David Johnson (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)
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Production of High – Valued Chemicals from Fractional Catalytic Pyrolysis of Biomass)
Foster Agblevor (Utah State University)
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Coffee Break
Carbon Fiber from Engineered Lignin
Darren Baker (University of Tennessee)
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Engineering Bacteria to Produce Bio­Styrene and Other Aromatic Chemicals
David Nielsen (Arizona State University)
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Pyrolysis of Lignin to Create a New Foundry Fuel Source
Nicole Brown (Pennsylvania State University)
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Cheap and Abundant Catalysts for Biomass Conversion Including Lignin
Mahdi Abu­Omar (Purdue University)
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