Summer School ZELCOR – 2nd edition

“Zero waste biorefineries: value chain approach, methods, and processes for lignin up-grading”

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Date: 6 July 2020 – 10 July 2020
Accommodation: Hotels in Versailles (a list of hotels will be supplied to the participants that will have to take care of the booking by themselves)
Organizing and hosting partner: INRA, Institut Jean-Pierre Bourdin (IJPB), UMR 1318 INRA/AgroParisTech, ERL 3559 CNRS, INRA Centre de Versailles-Grignon, Route de Saint-Cyr, 78026
INRA scientific committee: Stéphanie Baumberger, Hermann Höfte, Matthieu Reymond, Helen North
Joint-event: Summer school on Plant-cell-wall organized by the Saclay Plant Sciences network of excellence (SPS, organizer Marie-Jeanne Sellier).

Tentative program

5 July 2020

  • Arrival of the participants

Day 1 – 6 July 2020

Advances in technical lignin up-grading (lectures and work in groups)

  • 09:00 – 09:30: Welcoming of participants
  • Session 1 (09:30 – 10:00) – Introduction and presentation of the case studies (production of a bio-based ingredient derived from lignin, for cosmetics, packaging, food or polymer synthesis)
  • Session 2 (10:00 – 13:00) – Biological and chemical routes for integrated sustainable processes
  • 10:00 – 10:45: Craig Faulds (INRAE) – The fungal frontier: is total microbial breakdown and modification of lignin a possibility?
  • 11:15 – 12:00: Richard Gosselink (WFBR) – Fractionation and chemical depolymerization process for the production of functional intermediates from lignin
  • 12:00 – 12:45: Grégory Chatel (Université de Savoie) – Potential of sonochemistry for the green chemistry of polyphenols
  • Session 3 (14:00 – 15:30) – Cross-sectorial approach for the development of new applications and markets
  • 14:00 – 14:45: Fabio Apone (Arterra) – Screening fro new bio-based ingredients for cosmetics
  • 14:45 – 15:30: Thomas Lefevre (Ynsect) – Insect-based biorefinery
  • Session 4 (16:00 – 18:00) – Work in groups on the case studies

Day 2 – 7 July 2020

Methodologies (practical training and tutorial in groups)

  • Session 1 – Analytical techniques for lignocellulose characterization: general presentation of the analytical tools and practical training on one method applied to technical lignins (among NMR, HPSEC, thioacidolysis, IRTF)
  • Session 2 – Methods for value chain sustainability assessment: general presentation and tutorial on techno-economic, environmental or safety assessment.

Day 3 – 8 July 2020

Visit to Reims by bus

  • Visit of the biorefinery site of Pomacle
  • Lunch
  • Visit of INRA facilities in groups
  • Gala dinner

Day 4 – 9 July 2020

Native structures and product design (lectures and work in groups)

  • Session 1 – Biomimicry, use of native assemblies, and eco-design of products
  • 09:15 – 10:00: Herman Höfte (INRA) – Plant cell-wall: modeling and biomimicry
  • 10:00 – 10:45: Bernard Cathalla (INRA) – Nanocellulose and nanocellulose/hemicellulose assemblies
  • 11:15 – 12:00: Monika Osterberg (Aalto university) – Production, modification and applications of spherical lignin nanoparticles
  • 12:00 – 12:45: Sandra Domenek (AgroParisTech) – Multifunctional eco-designed films based on lignin
  • Session 2 – Work in groups on the case study / Visit of the IJPB greenhouses in groups

Day 5 – 10 July 2020

Lignocellulose and plant cell-wall (Joint program with SPS summer school on Plant cell-wall)

  • Session 1 – Networks and Innovation
  • 09:00 – 10:30: Presentation of Saclay Plant Science excellence network and some collaborative projects (BBF, Grace, Zelcor)
  • Session 2 – Plant biomass: agronomic reality and value chains
  • 11:00 – 11:45: Wout Boerjan (Gent University) – Biomass engineering and bioethanol production
  • 11:45 – 12:30: Paolo Corvo (Clariant) – Cellulosic ethanol production: example of Clariant’s technology
  • Session 3 (14:00 – 15:00) – Enrico Cozzoni (Gradozero) – Integrated flexible processing chain for lignin valorization into carbon-based materials: example of the Eucaliva project
  • Session 4 (15:00 – 16:00) – Restitution workshop of the case study (Zelcor summer school)
  • Session 5 (16:00 – 16:30) – Concluding remarks and poster awards

Day 5 – 10 July 2020 (optional)

Visit of Versailles Castle

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Registration will be closed on 15 March 2020


Summer School 2019 program, was held in Wageningen, the Netherlands from 2-6 September 2018