Florent Allais spend some time at his alma mater (University of Florida ) to not only check on the progress of Robin Fournier’s and Enzo Petracco ‘s PhD project within the Department of Chemistry (Prof. Michael Harris and Prof. Matthew E.) in collaboration with URD ABI - AgroParisTech (AgroParisTech), but also to expand further our great partnership.
On November, 19th, URD ABI was represented by Benjamin Rioux, postdoctoral researcher, at the “L’agroécologie au service d’une bioéconomie durable, mythe ou réalité?” workshop organized by the SFR Condorcet on the UniLaSalle-Beauvais campus. Benjamin presented his research within “BoostCrop”, an European H2020 FET Open-funded project, through an oral communication: “BoostCrop: from biomass to molecular heaters for plant protection”.
The first online workshop organized by URD ABI & Cosmetic Valley took place on November, 9th 2021.
During the session, the last results of Laurène MINSAT’s work (PhD student of the AgriWasteValue project) were presented. To widen the project subject, two other URD ABI members, Fanny Brunissen & Gaelle Willig, presented their work on the valorization of cherry tree byproducts.
The workshop was also very pleased to host two external speakers from Yves Rocher (Véronique Guyot-Ferreol, Natural Raw Material Open Sourcing & Innovation Manager) & Biolie (Lionel Muniglia, Scientific Director) to present their point of view on the valorization of agroforestry byproducts for cosmetic applications.
From September, 28th to October, 1st, took place the 28th meeting of the Biocatalysis Club in Organic Synthesis in Lège Cap Ferret (France). URD ABI was well represented with no less than three graduate students (Laurène Minsat, Jeanne Combes and Celestin Bourgery) and two research scientists (Amandine Flourat and Louis Mouterde) who presented their research projects through four oral communications (Laurène, Jeanne, Amandine & Louis) and a poster (Celestin).
URD ABI was at the "Plant Based Summit 2021" at the Convention Center of Reims. During this congress, Florent Allais was chairman of the session entitled "Innovative processes and applications for wood chemistry", Antoine Gallos presented his work on shape memory PLA, and URD ABI’s attendees were at the B2B session to meet potential academic and industrial partners.
The 1st European Bioeconomy University Scientific Forum took place on September, 22th 2021. Many scientists from URD ABI showcased their work: (1) Amandine Flourat talked about Eco-friendly synthesis of (R)-3-hydroxydecanoic acid and analogues : new green pathway to highly potent elicitor(s) of plant immune system; (2) Valentin Reungoat presented his work on Simultaneous extraction and enzymatic hydrolysis from mustard bran for the recovery of sinapic acid; (3) Emilie Isidore discussed about the Valorization of hempseed meal by the extraction of phenolic compounds; and (4) Morad Chadni talked on The selective extraction of sinapic acid derivatives from mustard seed meal by acting on pH. Congratulations to them!
URD ABI was at “Foire de Chalons” on the “Etablissements d'enseignement supérieur et de recherche de Champagne-Ardenne” booth to talk about agri-ressources and bioeconomy with visitors. Julien Couvreur introduced the Pomacle-Bazancourt biorefinery’s activities to the visitors while Amandine Flourat was one of the speakers of a seminar entitled « Bioéconomie, au service du territoire ? ».
As every year, the inter-chaire committee organized a day for CEBB interns. The interns from URD ABI, URCA and Centrale Supélec therefore presented the results they obtained during their internship. Then, to close the morning of the presentations, we were all invited to a barbecue. Punch, kebabs, sausages, salads and desserts were served. It was a very friendly moment, respecting barrier gestures, of course !
Florent Allais and Christophe Corre (U. Warwick, UK) were the two academic experts invited by IMCD Beauty & Personal Care to present their research on new biobased UV-filters mimicking plants and marine organisms, respectively, during the “What’s Next For Beauty! EMEA” Virtual Show hosted on The Beauty Institute.
Thinh Nguyen, the second student of the official dual-degree PhD program on between the University of Florida and URD ABI, successfully passed his final defense on April, 27th 2020. Thinh has worked on Brassica carinata meal issued from aviation fuel production, a renewable resource of valuable chemicals. Congratulations to Dr Thinh Nguyen!
We are pleased to welcome Dr Julien Vinet as a new post-doctoral research associate within the Chemistry team at URD ABI. Julien just successfully passed his PhD defense on flow chemistry and quick analysis of ozonated sunflower oil for antibacterial use at Université INP Toulouse. At ABI, he will be part of the Glycostil ANR project, working on chemo-enzymatic synthesis of resveratrol derivatives and the evaluation of their cosmetic properties.
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!