35th symposium on biotechnology for fuels and chemicals

Welcome to the 35th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals

PortlandThe call for papers for the Thirty-fifth Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals has opened and the conference organizers invite you to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations. The deadline for abstract submissions is December 14, 2012.

Interest in producing greater amounts and a wider array of bio-based fuels and chemicals products from non-traditional renewable feedstocks such as algal and terrestrial biomass continues to surge, driven by higher prices for traditional commodity feedstocks such as petroleum and sugar coupled with increasing recognition of the threat rising atmospheric greenhouse gas levels pose to global climate stability. The number of scientific journals covering the renewable fuels and chemicals field has expanded significantly over the past decade and public and private investment in research and development and commercialization of bio-based technologies remain at all time highs. Biotechnologies offer to provide solutions that can help society move towards a more sustainable fuels and chemicals resource base. This year’s Symposium will provide an exceptional forum for industrial, academic and government experts from around the world to learn about and discuss the latest progress and breakthroughs in bio-based fuels and chemicals research, development and deployment.

This year’s 35th Symposium will be held April 29 – May 2, 2013 in Portland, Oregon, hosted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The conference organizers are delighted to be bringing the Symposium to Portland, renowned as one of the United States’ most environmentally friendly “green” cities for its strong land use planning and public transportation networks. Located near the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers, Portland is also known as “Bridgetown” and is famous for its many rose gardens (“City of Roses”) and thriving street culture.

This year’s technical program will enable effective exchange of new scientific information among attendees. A total of 18 oral presentation sessions, 2 poster sessions as well as multiple special topics sessions are planned over three and a half days, with technical topics spanning feedstocks and conversion sciences to process development and biorefinery commercialization and sustainability. The program’s design will provide ample opportunities to engage in informal discussions and professional networking. Participants’ experience also will be enhanced by social activities and optional tours to explore the manifold offerings available in the greater Portland area.
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SBFC – Oral Presentation Sessions
Topic Area 1 – Biomass Resource Supply, Development and Characterization
Plant Genetics & Engineering

Diversity in native and engineered structures of plant cell walls.
Plant science to enhance the quantity and quality of plant materials as a renewable feedstocks base.
Breeding or manipulation of plant cell wall composition to improve plant yield or processing characteristics.
Scale up trails of promising new plant cultivars exhibiting improved growth or processing traits.
Advances in in planta expression of enzymes or coproducts.

Biomass Supply, Logistics & Sustainability

Improvements in agronomic practices and plant cultivation technologies to enhance the quantity and quality of plant materials as a renewable feedstocks base.
Advances in efficiency or economics of collection and harvesting technologies and supply chain logistics for agricultural and woody biomass types.
Feedstock production life cycle analysis and related sustainability analyses and their validation, including water and land use impacts.

Biomass Physicochemical Analysis

Advances in physicochemical characterization of biomass feedstocks and processing intermediates.
Improved methods for physical and compositional analysis of biomass materials.
Higher throughput and more rapid techniques for determining biomass physical properties, structure and composition.

Biomass Recalcitrance to Deconstruction

Biophysical origins of biomass recalcitrance.
Fundamental studies of plant cell wall biogenesis and perturbation of cell wall synthesis to alter recalcitrance.
Improvements in understanding cell wall structure and composition.
The roles of hemicelluloses, pectins and lignins in recalcitrance.

Topic Area 2 – Conversion Technologies (Deconstruction or Synthesis)
Pretreatment & Fractionation (multiple sessions)

Advances in chemical and biochemical biomass pretreatment or fractionation processes to improve downstream biological conversion or processing.
Progress in demonstrating, scaling up and characterizing existing renewable feedstock pretreatment or fractionation technologies.
Improved measurement and control of continuous pretreatment or fractionation processes.
Development of new chemistries and methods for pretreatment and fractionation, including ionic liquids and solvent-based techniques.

Microbial Science & Technology (multiple sessions)

New biocatalyst discovery and pathway engineering for biofuels and bio-based chemicals production.
Improved algal production of lipids and other products through strain engineering and process optimization.
Advances in metabolic engineering for consolidated bioprocessing.
Progress in pathway engineering for new products and alternative substrate utilization.
Better understanding of the genetics and cellular and molecular biology of microbial systems for production of renewable fuels and chemicals and strategies for enhanced microbial robustness.
Bioprocess development and scale up for biofuels and chemicals.

Enzyme Science & Technology (multiple sessions)

New and improved assay methods and characterization techniques for biomass depolymerizing and debranching enzymes.
Advances in enzyme engineering for improved activity, thermostability, substrate utilization, and process condition tolerance.
Improvements in enzymatic lignin deconstruction.
Progress in understanding and applying oxidative enzymes, expansins, swollenins, and other cell wall disrupting enzymes to improve plant cell wall deconstruction.
Characterizing and improving enzyme synergy in biomass hydrolysis: cellulases, hemicellulases, accessory, and oxidative enzymes.
Molecular level modeling and structural studies to increase understanding of enzyme functionality and mechanisms.
Recent progress in reducing the cost of biomass refining enzymes.

Bioprocessing & Separations Technology

Advances in the performance assessment and scale up demonstration of integrated bioconversion processes (bench, pilot, and larger scales).
Improvements in materials handling, continuous high solids processing, and upstream biorefining separations processes.
Development of more efficient and downstream product separation and recovery strategies.
Progress in in situ product recovery or biocatalyst recycle.
Advances in merging thermochemical processes with biological conversion.

Topic Area 3 – Fuels and Chemicals Products (Larger Scale Production and Biorefinery Techno-economic and Sustainability Analyses)
Biofuels/Bioproducts Economics & Commercialization

Scale up evaluation and demonstration of biorefining processes for the production of biofuels and/or bio-based chemicals.
Techno-economic assessment of bio-based product manufacturing and integrated biorefinery operations.
Commercialization of biofuels and bio-based chemicals.

Industrial Bio-based Chemicals

New routes and targets for biotechnological production of renewable chemicals.
Manufacturing bio-based commodity chemicals from renewable feedstocks.
Development of non-fuel co-products from biorefining process streams.
Production of high-value chemicals or materials from renewable feedstocks.

Advanced Biofuels and Refinery Feedstocks

Biotechnologies for the production of liquid fuels (butanol, alkyl esters, and beyond).
Development of infrastructure-compatible hydrocarbon biofuels that can directly substitute or blend with current petroleum-derived fuels (gasoline, diesel, and beyond).
Production of bio-based intermediates for petroleum refinery feedstocks.
Logistics of large volume delivery and use of renewable fuels.
Engine testing and certification of new renewable fuels.

Integrated Biorefineries LCA & Sustainability Analyses

Life cycle assessment of renewable feedstock-based biorefineries.
Advances in understanding and measuring integrated biorefinery energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.
Analysis of biorefinery feedstock supply chain factors such as land availability, soil quality and water use.

Special Topics

Note: While submissions are welcome, Special Topics session formats will be different than regular technical sessions (e.g., shorter talks, panel discussions, etc.) and will include invited presentations.
Special Topic 1 (co-sponsored by IEA Bioenergy Task 39): International Biofuels Commercialization Updates
Special Topic 2: Bioenergy Research Center Updates (nominally focused on, but not limited to, second round funding extensions of US DOE Centers)
Special Topic 3: RFS2 and Other US and International Regulatory Policies

29 Apr - 2 May 2013

Portland
United States of America
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