JUNE 17-19, 2024

Bio-based Materials, Biofuels, & Cellulose

Biofuels and Bioproducts

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Symposium Co-Chairs

Halil TekinalpHalil Tekinalp
R&D Scientist
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Helen ZhaHelen Zha
Assistant Professor
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Key Speakers

Xi ChenXi Chen
Associate Professor
The City College of New York

Doug GardnerDoug Gardner
University of Maine


This session is focused on recent developments in biobased materials and biofuels. Other topics of interest include sustainability, circular economy, and environmental impacts. The session will include research presentations from academic and industry experts from around the world and a poster session reception. Please submit an abstract describing your research in this area and join us at this important event.

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2023 Symposium Sessions

1:30Bio-based Nanomaterial
4:00Bio-based Materials - Posters

Tuesday June 20

10:30Bio-based & Bio-inspired Materials

2023 Symposium Program

Monday June 19

1:30Bio-based NanomaterialChesapeake C
Session chair: Helen Zha, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, US
1:30Recent Development in Microfibrillated Cellulose and Mineral/Microfibrillated Cellulose Composite Materials
Y. Jin, D. Skuse, S. Ireland, FiberLean® Technologies Ltd., UK
1:55Sustainable composite development through use of different form and scale of cellulose fibers and their applications via additive manufacturing from a yacht roof mold to a 3D-printed house
H.L. Tekinalp, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, US
2:20Lignin - Potential Sources for Carbon Nagative Building Materials
Z. Cai, Q. Yan, Forest Products Laboratory, US
2:45Super Strong Wood Materials for A Sustainable Built Environment
J. Dai, InventWood, US
3:10Metal Cation Enabled Production of Hydrophobic and Water-resistant Lignocellulosic Packaging Materials and Tableware
X. Zhang, Mississippi State University, US
4:00Bio-based Materials - PostersExpo Hall AB
Universal Precursor for Efficient Sugar Synthesis
Z. Na, C.C. Keen, National University of Singapore, SG
Total value chain testing solutions for biodiesel and bioethanol production – from feedstock to final blend
C. Stephan, N. Lancaster, PerkinElmer Inc, CA

Tuesday June 20

10:30Bio-based & Bio-inspired MaterialsChesapeake 11
Session chair: Helen Zha, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, US
10:30Biopolymers for materials, tissues and foods towards a sustainable future
D. Kaplan, Tufts University, US
10:55Bioengineering Protein Universe: Food, Feed, Materials
M. Demirel, The Pennsylvania State University, US
11:20Circular Biomaterials at Industrial Scales
S. Lomnes, Ecovative Design, US
11:45Sustainable Synthesis of Silk-Inspired Polymers
A. Connor, M. Koffas, R.H. Zha, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, US
Topics & Application Areas
  • Bio-Based Materials Innovations & Applications
  • Protein-based materials
  • Cellulose and cellulose-based materials
  • Lignin based aromatics and composites
  • Bio-foundry innovations
  • Biofuels
  • Sustainable Composite Materials
  • Conversion of Waste Streams & the Circular Economy
  • Bio-based Materials Applications in Agriculture and Foods
  • Novel Applications in Building Materials, Paints and Coatings
  • Environmental Health and Safety
  • Environmental Impact Assessment of Bio-Based Product/Processes
  • Other

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