On Tuesday 9th, Florent Allais was one of the five speakers who were invited to give a talk at the 1st webinar "Sustainable Chemistry Tuesdays" organized by the Sustainable Chemistry Division of the French Chemical Society (SCF -https://www.societechimiquedefrance.fr)
Florent's talk provided a brief overview of URD ABI's history, organization and missions, before focusing on selected research projects to demonstrate how combining green chemistry, biotechnologies and downstream process is a great asset to design and optimize value chains that transform biomass/byproducts into high value added bio-based chemicals and materials.
We would like to thank the Sustainable Chemistry Division of the French Chemical Society again for giving us the opportunity to present our research activities.
ABI applied for the 6th Cosmetic Victories organized by The Cosmetic Valley and Essec business school. His project, describing bio-based UVA filters patented by ABI was selected as one of the three academic finalists. Results will be given March 30th on Cosmetic Valley TV!
Kévin Magnien, our deputy director and business development manager, has been trained – and certified! - by VIANEO on their 5-step business design framework: legitimacy, desirability, acceptability, feasibility and viability. A new valuable expertise for ABI which continues to develop innovative and applied research and development projects, from idea to market, without being disconnected from its industrial partners’ needs.
Further more informations --> https://www.vianeo.com/en/
The mid-term event of the AgriWasteValue Interreg NWE project has been held on January 26th and has been digitally followed by more than 60 persons. Hosted by NutrEvent*, the session dedicated to the project has been the occasion to talk about the last results and the perspectives in terms of natural bioactive compounds applications for cosmetic and nutraceutical.
The event also had the pleasure to welcome a representative from SEPPIC (manufacturer of natural ingredients), to discuss about developing beauty and health ingredients from waste and biomass.
The AgriWasteValue project is coordinated by Pr Florent ALLAIS (URD ABI - AgroParisTech Innovation) and gather 9 partners from 5 different countries. The project aims to develop a new local value chain to obtain bioactive compounds from 3 biomass (apple tree, pear tree and grapevine) for cosmetic, nutraceutical, chemistry, and energy applications.
Please check out the project website if want to get more information: https://www.agriwastevalue.eu
* NutrEvent: the European leading partnering event, NutrEvent is dedicated to innovation in Food, Feed, Nutrition and Health
URD ABI - AgroParisTech’s team wishes you the best for 2021!
We would also like to thank our regional, national and international partners from academia and industry for the very exciting collaborative projects, as well as our funding partners (Grand Reims and Région Grand Est) for their strong support.
URD ABI organized its team building day on december 18th. The proceedings were adapted for the lunch and the gift exchange to fit the sanitary measures regarding Covid 19.
Everyone stayed safe and we had a blast !
The mid-term event for the AgriWasteValue Interreg NWE will be held in Lille (France), January 26th
2.00 pm – Conferences
2.00 – 2.50 pm – Results of the AgriWasteValue project – halfway through – Presentation of the Interreg NWE programme and of AgriWasteValue, Clémence ROTOLO, European projects officer, AgroParisTech
– Biomass from orchards and vineyards : from extraction raw material to fertilizers, Cor VAN OERS, Manager, Delphy & Pierre-Louis BOMBECK, Wood-energy project manager, ValBiom
– Recovery and enzymatic modification of bioactive metabolites from agricultural residues using green technologies : methodologies and processes, Sébastien CAJOT, Celabor
– Bio-based chemicals and energy from agro-residues, Patrick BALLMANN, Biotechnology & Microbiology, PFI
– Agro-residues for feeding the Green Economy : framework conditions and implications, Speaker to be confirmed, EPFL
2.50 – 3.00 pm – Q&A session
3.00 – 3.20 pm – Why & how to develop premium beauty & health ingredients from waste & biomass – Christian GOMBERT, Actives Sourcing Innovation Manager, SEPPIC
3.20 – 3.30 pm – Q&A session
3.30 – 3.50 pm – Cosmetic sector : the place of plants and naturalness, Speaker to be confirmed, Cosmetic Valley
3.50 – 4.00 pm – Q&A session
The Front Cover shows how the grafting of Nature‐inspired and bio‐based mono‐ and diphenolic esters on CNC through click‐chemistry provides materials with highly photostable UV‐blocking properties. More information can be found in the Full Paper by D. J. Mendoza et al.
Congratulations to Amandine Flourat who successfully defended her PhD thesis on the “valorisation of agricultural byproducts : from green chemistry to applications.”
Amandine began at ABI on February 2013 as Engineer and continue with us now as Research Engineer on green chemistry! Congrats Dr. Flourat!
Kévin Magnien, our business developer, has been appointed Deputy Director. His duties include: valorization of our IP, academic and industrial partnerships, management of the Heads of our four business units, as well as internal and external communication.
We are pleased to welcome Dr Quentin Carboué, a new biotechnology research scientist at URD ABI within the Biotechnology team. Quentin is a solid-state fermentation specialist who did his thesis on Aspergillus niger at Aix-Marseille University and a post-doctoral research at Mexico University on rhamnolipids production and extraction.
Florian Diot-Néant, the very first student of the official dual-degree PhD program on Green Chemistry and Biobased Polymers between the University of Florida and URD ABI, successfully passed his final defense on October, 27th 2020. Florian has worked on new sustainable monomers and polymers from levoglucosenone and assessed their toxicology and environmental impacts. Congratulations to Dr Florian Diot-Néant!
The kick-off meeting of the BBI-Flagship ReSolute was virtually held on October, 15th. During the meeting, each participant introduced its institution as well as its specific involvement in the project activities. Guidelines and details about the implementation of the 36 months project were also given.
As a reminder, the project - which full name is HIGH PERFORMING AND SAFE SOLVENT DERIVED FROM CELLULOSIC FEEDSTOCKS - aims to design and build a first of its kind industrial plant and value chain for 99% pure Cyrene, a non-toxic solvent made from certified renewable wood biomass that can advantageously replace hazardous fossil-based solvants such as NMP, DMF and DMAc. ReSolute gather 11 partners for an ERDF grant of 11,955,474.10 €.
The consortium members of the project: - Pôle IAR - CIRCA Sustainable Chemicals BV - MERCK - Will & Co - Talga Advanced Material GMBH - Coal Products Limited - University of York - Huntsman Advanced Materials - AgroParisTech Innovation - PNO Consultants - PFA-BRUSSELS
URD ABI is proud to be part of such an ambitious project! More news to come within the next weeks…
This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking (JU) under grant agreement No 887674. The JU receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and the Bio Based Industries Consortium.
If you want further information --> Official press release : https://www.iar-pole.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/cp-resolute-kick-off-en.pdf
Cédric Peyrot, researcher in green chemistry and head of the "Actives and ingredients for cosmetics" business unit participated at the e-cosmetic 360 congress. In addition to the innovation project relating to the fungal chitosan production proposed by the URD ABI, he gave a lecture on his thesis works on the whitening agent production by biocatalysis. This presentation was part of a more general webinar on the production, use and societal impact of these whitening agents.
Kévin Magnien, business development manager at URD ABI, gave a webinar on “How academic research allow the development more sustainable?” as part of the Sustainable development European week and European Biotechweek. The speakers from University of Reims Champagne Ardenne, Neoma Business School, CentraleSupélec and URD ABI (AgroParisTech) explained how one can develop products from plants. To illustrate this concept, URD ABI focused on butter flavor and anti-UV molecules produced from sawdust and mustard bran, respectively.
The very first week of integration of the Erasmus Mundus + BIOCEB Master led by AgroParisTech took place from August 24 to 28, 2020. Prof. Florent Allais gave a conference on Friday 28 to present the actors and the philosophy of the CEBB as well as the missions and activities of URD ABI. During the same session, Prof. Stéphane Lhuillery and Dr. Nicolas Béfort from the Chair of Bioeconomy of NEOMA BS presented the concept of circular bioeconomy and the activities of their chair. The students were very enthusiastic and curious as illustrated by their many questions!
Pr. Florent Allais, director of ABI R&D Unit has been distinguished by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). He has been granted the title of Fellow of the RSC, which rewards innovative and promising research work in the field of chemistry. RSC is the largest European organization dedicated to the advancement of chemical science. Its activities cover both research and its promotion to the general public.
As a lecturer at the Green Chemistry Summer School organized by IUPAC and University of Venice (Italy), Florent Allais talked about the different missions and scientific approaches of URD ABI in a presentation entitled “Biomass upgrading through the combination of biotechnology, green chemistry and downstream process”.
Pr. Florent Allais participated to the Phenolic acids workshop organized by Carnot 3BCAR and INRAE at Bioket 2020 led by IAR cluster. He presented the current and potential applications of phenolic acids, as well as the promising trends developed by URD ABI and its partners - such as anti-UV, antioxidants, BPA substitutes, and shape memory PLA formulations - addressing many growing markets such as cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, crop health, fine chemistry, feed/food or biomaterials.
URD ABI was part of the first sustainable development and social responsibility seminar organized by AgroParisTech. Addressed topics: environmental impact of the digital world, sexist violence at work, and environmental impact of business travel. Julien Couvreur, sustainable development and social responsibility officer at URD ABI, chaired the workshop "Impact of digital" with Thierry Leboucq, director of the Greenspector company.