The 2nd International Conference on Bioresource Technology for Bioenergy, Bioproducts & Environmental Sustainability (BIORESTEC) will build upon the successful 1st BIORESTEC conference held in October 2016. We will once again convene, bringing together researchers in academia and industry, as well as policymakers, to discuss the progress made during the intervening two years and the latest trends in biotechnology, bioenergy, and biobased products.
The programme will be curated by a committee of world class academic leaders in their respective fields with key topic areas including:
- Pretreatment and de-construction of biomass/bioresources
- Bioresources (including waste) recovery and recycling, including microbial electrochemical systems
- Bioresources for biofuels (liquid and gaseous)
- Bioresources for biobased chemicals & products, including gas fermentation and in situ product recovery
- Thermochemical conversion of bioresources
- Biorefineries and white biotechnology
- Systems approach: bioresource systems analysis, life cycle assessment (LCA), carbon accounting, nutrient-energy-water (NEW) nexus
- Industrial applications and up-scaling
- Bioresource policy & economics
CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow, India
Professor Ashok Pandey is currently Distinguished Scientist at CSIR-Indian Institute for Toxicology Research, Lucknow, India and Honorary Executive Director at the Centre for Energy and Environmental Sustainability- India. He also holds the positions of Guest Professor in Jiangnan University, Wuxi, China; Adjunct Professor at VIT University, Vellore, Tamil Nadu; Adjunct Professor at MACFAST, Thiruvalla, Kerala and Adjunct Professor at Kalaslingam University, Krishnan Koil, Tamil Nadu.
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Professor Pandey has ~ 1200 publications/communications, which include 16 patents, 54 books, 130 book chapters, 465 original and review papers, etc with h index of 84 and >29,000 citations (Goggle scholar). He has transferred several technologies to industries and has done industrial consultancy for about a dozen projects for Indian/international industries.
Professor Pandey is the recipient of many national and international awards and fellowships, which include Life-Time Achievement Award from the International Society for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (2017); Fellow of Royal Society of Biology, UK (2016); Academician of European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Germany (2016); Fellow of International Society for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (2014); Fellow of National Academy of Science, India (2012); Fellow of Association of Microbiologists of India (2010); Fellow of International Organization of Biotechnology and Bioengineering (2008); Fellow of the Biotech Research Society, India (2005); Honorary Doctorate degree from Univesite Blaise Pascal, France (2007); Thomson Scientific India Citation Laureate Award, USA (2008); Lupin Visiting Fellowship, Best Scientific Work Achievement award, Govt of Cuba; UNESCO Professor; Raman Research Fellowship Award, CSIR; GBF, Germany and CNRS, France Fellowship; Young Scientist Award, etc.
Professor Pandey was Chairman of the International Society of Food, Agriculture and Environment, Finland (Food & Health) during 2003-2004. He is Founder President of the Biotech Research Society, India; International Coordinator of International Forum on Industrial Bioprocesses, France, Chairman of the International Society for Energy, Environment & Sustainability and Vice-President of All India Biotech Association.
Prof Pandey is Editor-in-chief of Bioresource Technology, Honorary Executive Advisors of Journal of Water Sustainability and Journal of Energy and Environmental Sustainability, Subject editor of Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (India) and editorial board member of several international and Indian journals. He is editor-in-chief of a book series on Current Developments in Biotechnology and Bioengineering, comprising twelve volumes published by Elsevier and another series on Biomass, Biofuels and Biochemicals, comprising six volumes.
VITO, Flemish Institute for Technological Research, Belgium
Dr. Deepak Pant is a Senior Scientist at the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO), Belgium. His research focuses on bioenergy, specifically, the design and optimization of bio-electrochemical systems for energy recovery from wastewater and microbial electrosynthesis for production of value-added chemicals through electrochemically driven bio-processes.
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He has 1 book (published by Springer), 1 Patent, 76 peer-reviewed publications with >4380 citations (h-index 35) and 20 book chapters to his credit. He is a member of several scientific communities including ISMET, ISE, BES, BRSI, IFIBiop and AMI. He serves as Editorial board member for the Journals: ‘Bioresource Technology’, ‘Electronic Journal of Biotechnology’, ‘Biofuel Research Journal’, ‘Heliyon’ and ‘Frontiers in Environmental Science’. He served on the scientific committee for 5th MFC conference (ISMET 5, Arizona, 2015) and EU-ISEMT 2016 (Rome). He also organized a symposium on “Electrochemistry, Photo-Electrochemistry and Bioelectrochemistry of Artificial Photosynthesis” at the annual meeting of International Society for Electrochemistry (ISE) in 2016, The Hague, Netherlands. He collaborates with researchers all over the globe and count over 109 co-authors spread across 30 institutions/universities. Currently, he is supervising one PhD student on microbial electro-synthesis and previously supervised 2 PhD student on microbial fuel cells. He was a promoter for two Marie Curie Post-docs on Microbial and Enzymatic Electro-synthesis on conversion of CO2to value-added chemicals. He also contributes to scientific reviewing activities and reviews proposals for European Commission (Horizon 2020) and national funding programs of Spain, Italy, Poland, Croatia, Germany and India. He is also a member of the EPSRC expert college.
More information- https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Deepak_Pant2
Publons Profile: https://publons.com/author/193430/deepak-pant#profile
Google Scholar: http://scholar.google.be/citations?user=9i05cjMAAAAJ”
Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA
Dr. Birgitte Ahring (Battelle Distinguished Professor) brings extensive experience managing and directing complex renewable energy and applied biotechnology projects worldwide.
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She is an internationally recognized microbiologist for her studies on the use of anaerobic bacteria - bacteria that exists in an oxygen-free environment - to produce biofuels and bio-products or to reduce waste. She is further the inventor of the Wet Explosion pre-treatment process, an efficient process for deconstruction of lignocellulosic materials. This process is now in industrial scale and under expansion into new applications. She has also founded several firms in Denmark and the US that design and develop technologies to produce renewable fuels and products from lignocellulosic biomass or for making waste to value. In August 2008 she joined Washington State University as the Director of the Center for Bioproducts and Bioenergy where she was responsible for setting up leading research activities in a collaboration with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, PNNL within the field of bioproducts and biofuels with a focus on advanced biofuels such as drop-in replacement fuel. As part of this partnership she has participated in a number of large initiatives including National Advanced Biofuels Consortium (NABC), (DOE) and The Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA), (USDA). Dr. Ahring has also extensive experience in international collaboration and has participated as the lead consultant for projects within the UN system (UNDP, UNIDO and World Bank) as well as being the lead on several EU projects.
Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, Lyngby, Denmark
Irini Angelidaki is Professor at the Technical University of Denmark, Dpt of Environmental Engineering. Her area is in development of biotechnological processes for conversion of organic matter to bioenergy, biofuels and biochemicals.
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Focus in microbiology and processes technology; process optimization; molecular methods for characterization of bacteria; pretreatment of biomass; microalgae; macroalgae; microbial electrochemistry; and biorefineries.
Harbin Institute of Technology, China
Prof Yujie Feng got her Ph.D from Harbin Institute of Technology and Bachelor Degree from Tianjing University, China. She has been working in Harbin Institute of Technology since 1994, as a Lecture (1994-1998), Associate Professor (1998-2002) and Professor (Since 2002-).
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She is currently the Deputy Director of the State Key Laboratory of Urban Water Resource and Environment (HIT) of Ministry of National Science & Technology. From 2009, she began to be Visiting Professor in Penn State University of USA. She was awarded the Outstanding Young Scientist in China in 2011 and was one of top 100 Excellent Young Teachers in Universities in China in 2003. In the past 10 years, she has carried out 20 scientific projects as a principal investigator and was awarded 9 scientific rewards, including the national invention prize. Her research interests include Bio-energy/Resources Recovery from Waste Streams, Environmental Electrochemistry, Microbial Electrochemistry System, Environmental Risk Assessment and Removal Technology for Emergent Toxic Substances in Urban Water System.
Samir Kumar Khanal
Department of Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, USA
Dr. Samir Kumar Khanal is an Associate Professor of Biological Engineering at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Dr. Khanal’s research focuses on anaerobic digestion, waste-to-resources, aquaponics, sulfur-mediated biological process for waste(water) remediation and bioenergy. Dr. Khanal, to date, has published over 80 refereed papers in high quality international journals. He also delivered over 90 keynote/invited presentation internationally.
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In addition, he also wrote and published a book entitled “Anaerobic Biotechnology for Bioenergy Production: Principles and Applications” (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008). Recently he also published a bioenergy textbook entitled Bioenergy: Principles and Applications (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016). Dr. Khanal is also an editorial board member of Bioresource Technology and Korean Journal of Environmental Engineering. He is also a recipient of CTAHR Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research (2016), University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Université Clermont Auvergne, Aubiere, France
Prof Christian Larroche is Director of Polytech Clermont-Ferrand, a graduate school of engineering of University Clermont-Auvergne, France. He is also member of the research laboratory Institut Pascal and of the laboratory of excellence ImobS3 at the same university.
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He has strong research skills and expertise in the area of applied microbiology and biochemical engineering. He is author of about 220 documents, including 114 articles, three patents, 15 book chapters and 24 co-editions of books or journal special issues. He is member of French Society for Process Engineering (SFGP), of the French Society of Biotechnology and of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering. He is administrator of IBA-IFIBiop and editor of Bioresource Technology.
Duu Jong Lee
National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
Professor Duu-Jong Lee is currently Life-Time University Professor of Chemical Engineering at the National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan. His areas of specialization are environmental biological processes with special reference to aerobic and anaerobic treatment of wastewaters and solid wastes and their conversion to materials and energy.
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Prof. Lee has authored one book, nine book chapters, 12 review papers, five patents, 600 research papers, etc. He has been a recipient of Outstanding Fellow award from National Science Council, Taiwan (2009), Chang-Kang Scholaraward (2007), Scientific Chair Professor award of YZH Foundation (2012), etc and is Associate Editor of Bioresource Technology.
Ganti S. Murthy
Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA
Dr. Murthy’s research is broadly focused on development and evaluation of biofuels and bioproduct production technologies with a strong focus on all aspects of sustainability. For any proposed technology or policy, they seek to answer the question: “Is this approach technically feasible, economic viable, resource sustainable and has lower environmental impacts compared to alternatives? If not, how can we make it so.
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His group employs a combination of experimental and theoretical approaches using control theory, systems biology, process modeling, economic analysis and life cycle assessment (LCA) techniques to conduct molecular, cellular, industrial scale and systems level analyses of technologies to establish a sustainable bioeconomy. Recently, Murthy group has been trying to understand the nutrient-energy-water nexus at regional and global scale with particular focus on building resilience of agro-ecological systems to pulse and pressure disturbances.
Huu Hao Ngo
Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Dr Huu Hao NGO is currently Professor of Environmental Engineering and serving as Deputy Director of Centre for Technology in Water and Wastewater, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, University of Technology Sydney.
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He is also serving as Council Member of the International Bioprocessing Association, Managing Committee Member of IWA Working Group on Alternative Water Resources (China), Co-Director of Collaborative Membrane Bioreactor Centre, Vice Chairman, Academic Committee of the International Science & Technology Cooperation Centre for Urban Alternative Water Resources Development while being Honorary Guest/Adjunct Professor of a number of Universities in China and other countries. Prof Ngo’s expertise covers the areas of water and wastewater quality monitoring and management, water and wastewater treatment technology assessment, desalination, and solid waste management. Currently, his activities more focuses in the development of specific green technologies: water - waste - bioenergy nexus and greenhouse gas emission control. Ngo has published more than 450 technical papers (Google citations > 6700 Goodge with h Index = 43) including more than 300 SCI journal papers, over 100 conference papers, four books, 28 book chapters and a number of patents while receiving several highly recognized honours/awards. He is Editor of Bioresource Technology; he is also a founder and Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Water Sustainability while being editorial board member of numerous international journals such as Science of the Total Environment, Elsevier, Environmental Nanotechnology, Monitoring and Management, and Journal of Energy and Environmental Sustainability.
University of Vigo, Vigo, Spain
Professor M. Angeles Sanroman is a graduate in Chemical Engineering from the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain (1987). She completed her PhD degree in Biotechnology (1991), focusing on the development of bioreactor and cell immobilization techniques. She joined the staff at the University of Vigo in the Department of Chemical Engineering. She is the head of the Bioengineering & Sustainable Processes Group at the University of Vigo.
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This is a multidisciplinary research group that joins knowledge and efforts in the development of technologies to be applied in several industrial sectors. Currently, main research lines carried out are biodegradation of recalcitrant organic compounds, solid state fermentation, enzymatic technology, bioreactors design and advanced oxidation technologies. The results of these research works have been published in more than 260 papers, 5 patents, 20 chapters of books and more than 350 research communications. She has collaborated in more than 50 research and innovation projects at national and international calls and various contracts and actions in relation to the transference of technology to business administration and companies. In this context, she was director of the Research Results Transfer Office of the University of Vigo and member of ANEP-Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness in the Chemical Technology Area (2007-2011) and Technology Transfer Area (2015-present), and a regular evaluator of research projects in competitive calls for various national and international programs and member of the editorial board of several journals, including Bioresource Technology as associate editor.
Reeta Rani Singhania
Indian Oil R&D Centre, Faridabad, India
Dr Reeta Rani Singhania is a DBT- Bioscience Energy Overseas Fellow working at the Center for Advanced Bioenergy Research, IOCL R&D, Faridabad, India.
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Dr. Singhania obtained PhD in Biotechnology from the Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin, India. She has worked at CSIR-NIIST, Trivandrum, India; EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland and Universite Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand, France. Her major research interest is in the areas of microbial and enzyme technologies, with current focus on biofuels from lignocellulosic biomass. She has 83 publications, with >3900 citations and h-index of 24 (Google scholar). She is the recipient of Elsevier Best Paper award in 2007, AU-CBT Excellence award of BRSI in 2008 and IFIBiop Young Scientist award in 2013. She has been conferred Best Reviewer certificate from Bioresource Technology journal for two years and has served as guest editor of Renewable Energy journal for a special issue. She is editorial board member of Biofuel Research Journal. She has received Bioresource Technology, Elsevier Most Cited Paper award for the year 2015 and is Editor of Elsevier Bioresource Technology Reports journal.
University of Borås, Borås, Sweden
Mohammad J. Taherzadeh is professor in Bioprocess technology since 2004 at University of Borås in Sweden and director of Research School at Swedish Centre for Resource Recovery. Prof. Taherzadeh has PhD in Bioscience from Sweden, and MSc and BSc in Chemical Engineering from Iran.
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He is developing processes to convert wastes and residuals to value added products with focus on pretreatment and fermentation. He has more than 210 publications in scientific peer-reviewed journals, 18 book chapters, 5 patents and 3 books.
University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
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Extended abstract submission deadline - 1 June 2018
Early registration deadline - 21 June, 2018
Accommodation booking deadline - 13 July 2018