Regina Siu Poster EUBCE 2019
Aston University PhD Student Regina Siu at EUBCE 2019, Lisbon

We are delighted to announce that ABC-Salt researchers shared project results at conferences in Europe this year presenting posters.

1) ABC-Salt at the 27th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE) Lisbon, Portugal 2019 

Miss Regina Siu (photo above) graduated from Aston University in 2018 and joined the ABC-Salt Consortium as a PhD research student under the supervision of Dr Daniel Nowakowski and Prof. Tony Bridgwater. Her research work addresses tasks assigned to Aston in Work Packages 3 and 4 of ABC-Salt. Regina presented a poster at the 27th EUBCE Conference in Lisbon, Portugal in May 2019. Below is her reflection:

“At EUBCE, Lisbon 2019, I had the opportunity to present my poster ‘Production of Biofuels from Various Lignocellulosic Waste Streams by Liquefaction and Hydro-pyrolysis, with co-authorship from Dr Daniel Nowakowski and Prof Tony Bridgwater. The poster presented my preliminary findings from the thermochemical characterisation of lignocellulosic feedstock for hydrothermal liquefaction. Feedstock characterisation is included in the ABC-Salt project Work Package 3 under a dedicated task ‘Feedstock Selection and Characterisation’. This research was also part of my first year PhD studies.

Regina Siu and Dr Bert van de Beld from BTG
Regina Siu from Aston University discussing research results with Dr Bert van de Beld (Chief Technology Officer) from BTG, Netherlands

I presented the poster during the ‘Hydrothermal Conversion’ thematic session. I was able to present my research, which focuses on lignocellulosic biomass characterisation, its hydrothermal liquefaction and the characterisation of HTL products. Attending EUBCE gave me an excellent opportunity to network. I also enjoyed interacting with young researchers at the Horizon 2020 BRISK2 exhibition stand. I met students, academic researchers and professionals from across Europe and world”. 

Next year’s EUBCE takes place in Marseille, France on 27-30 April. 

2) ABC-Salt at the Renewable Resources & Biorefineries Conference 

The 15th International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries
(RRB-15) took place in INP-ENSIACET (
École Nationale Supérieure des Ingénieurs en Arts Chimiques et Technologiques) in Toulouse, France in June 2019.

The conference welcomed about 350 international participants from over 30 countries. The Renewable Resources & Biorefineries Conference is a science-oriented conference, covering all kinds of topics regarding renewable energy. It aims to provide an overview of the scientific, technical, economic, environmental and social issues connected to renewable resources and biorefineries. One of the conference’s aims is to boost the bio-based economy and to present new developments.

Homer Genuino, 15th International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries
Dr Homer Genuino, from the University of Groningen, Netherlands, at the 15th International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries in Tourlouse, France, 3-5 June 2019

Delegates from university, industry, governmental and non-governmental organizations and venture capital providers gave presentations on industrial biotechnology, sustainable (green) chemistry and agricultural policy relating to renewable raw materials for non-food applications and energy supply. 

ABC-Salt Poster at the RRB Conference

Dr Homer Genuino gave an introductory talk and a poster entitled ‘Advanced Biomass Catalytic Conversion in Molten Salts’ and a current status of the ABC-SALT project. The talks took place during a dedicated session on ‘Bioenergy, advanced biofuels, renewable fuels and future mobility in Horizon 2020’Homer’s presentations were very well-received and ABC-SALT pamphlets from Aston University also helped promote ABC-Salt at this international conference.

The next Renewable Resources & Biorefineries Conference will be held in Ghent, Belgium on 3-5 June 2020.

3) ABC-Salt at the 2nd Edition Symposium on Chemical Research 

Miss Adriana Estrada Leon (pictured below) from Ghent University attended the 2nd edition Symposium on Chemical Research in Flanders (CRF-2) in Blanbenberge, Belgium in October 2019. Delegates from university, industry, governmental and non-governmental organizations and venture capital providers gave presentations on industrial biotechnology, sustainable (green) chemistry and agricultural policy relating to renewable raw materials for non-food applications and energy supply. 

 

Adriana Estrada Leon from Ghent University at the 2nd edition Symposium on Chemical Research in Belgium

The CRF symposium was organized into four sections: chemical synthesis and methodologies, energy and environment, reactor technologies and functional materials and chemicals processes. Adriana presented a poster based on her work in the energy and environment section called ‘Pyrolysis of residual biomass in molten salts: a Py-GC/MS study

Adriana introduced the ABC-Salt concept along with her studies in micro-pyrolysis (part of Work Package 4), focusing on hydro-pyrolysis in molten salts. The aim of these micro-pyrolysis studies is to facilitate lab-scale validation of molten-salt hydro-pyrolysis, biofuels composition and yields by identifying optimum process conditions (e.g. temperature, pressure, eutectic salt mixtures, biomass type, etc.). 

The poster showed the catalytic effect of using two different types of molten salts on the pyrolysis vapors of softwood and softwood Kraft lignin obtained at 350 °C in a tandem micro reactor under inert atmosphere first (helium). Results included pyrograms of feedstock and molten salts mixtures: the type of molten salts used were composed of ZnCl2:KCl:NaCl (44.3:41.9:13.8 mol%) and CuCl:KCl (65:35 mol%).

 

Profiles of ABC-Salt reserchers mentioned in this article can be found here.