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Info: Increased variability in the use of raw materials: Lignin Utilisation – Breakthrough? and Biorefineries and Chemical Recycling – Latest Developments

“International Conference on Bio-based Materials”, 12–14 May 2020, ONLINE Event

The major challenge in the use of 2G biomass as a renewable feedstock for the chemical and material industry has always been the efficient valorisation of lignin. Recent developments will show improvements in lignin utilisation for bio-based materials and new applications as antioxidants. Has the breakthrough finally been made? Learn about the details and join the session on Lignin Utilisation – Breakthrough?
Biorefineries for conversion of biomass to energy and other beneficial products as chemicals are no longer specifically limited to biomass as feedstock. Different kind of wastes have also been proven as efficient refining feedstocks for bio-based chemicals. Additionally, chemical recycling for retransforming materials to its initial chemical components and thus providing them again as feedstock is of growing importance for a transition to a renewable carbon economy. Learn about the variability of raw materials, different conversion technologies and the diverse product portfolio of chemicals and materials. Join the session on Biorefineries and Chemical Recycling – Latest developments.

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Lignin Utilisation – Breakthrough?
Day 1, 12 May 2020)

15:10 (CET)
Antje Potthast

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, BOKU (AT)
Lignin Utilisation – Why is it still such a Challenge? -   Abstract
15:40 (CET)
Ludo Diels

Lignin, Strongly on the Move to Valorisation - Abstract
16:10 (CET)
Christopher Carrick

RenCom (SE)
Scaling up Production of Lignin Biomaterials for Polymer Applications using Reactive Extrusion - Abstract
16:40 (CET)
Stéphanie Baumberger

AgroParisTech (FR)
Use of Lignins as a Sustainable Source of Antioxidants - Abstract

Biorefineries and Chemical Recycling – Latest Developments

(Day 2, 13 May 2020)

Dhivya Puri
Fiberight (UK)
Fiberight – Municipal Solid Waste Based Biorefinery - Abstract
Jack "Tato" Bigio
UBQ Materials (IL)
Why Waste Waste? UBQ’s Technology Converts Household Waste into a Bio-based, Recyclable, Sustainable Material - Abstract
Jonas Hartman
Neste Engineering Solutions (FI)
Up-scaling and Engineering in Distillation of Bio-based Materials
Jurjen Spekreijse
BTG Biomass Technology Group (NL)
Pyrolysis oil as a Bio-based Solution to Phenolic Resins and Creosotes
Dennis Chafiâ
G.I. Dynamics (NL)
Biomass and Waste to Value Products - Abstract


The innovation award “Bio-based Material of the Year 2020”

Like every year, the innovation award “Bio-based Material of the Year” will be awarded to the most innovative material and product on the market. Six new materials and products out of 17 applications have been nominated for the innovation award by the members of the advisory board. The three winners will be chosen by an online poll at the end of the first conference day by the participants of the conference and awarded with a prize, sponsored by YNCORIS Industrial Services.


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More than 300 (max. 500) participants are expected to attend the “13th International Conference on Bio-based Materials” online. 

The nova-Institute would like to acknowledge YNCORIS Industrial Services (DE) for sponsoring the renowned innovation award “Bio-based Material of the Year 2020”. Special thank goes to NESTE (DE/FI) and UPM (DE/FI) for supporting the conference as Gold Sponsors and also to our Premium Partner CLIB (DE). We also thank our conference partners and media partners.