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.
A video about Pomacle Bazancourt Biorefinery was created by the Rubizmo European project as part of a partnership between AgroParisTech and GreenFlex. The complementarity between the different structures present on-site, and the product journey from grain to valorization were promoted. Pomacle Bazancourt is a real Sustainable Business Inspiration.
Follow the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTPM-ujewtI&feature=youtu.be
Pr. Florent Allais, director of URD ABI, presented the concept of biorefinery during the "Bioéconomie et économie circulaire" day organized by LIGERIAA: the regional association of agrifood companies in Pays de la Loire.
The mission of LIGERIAA is to represent the agrifood industry, to create and strengthen the network between the actors, to stimulate collective strategic thinking, and to help companies individually and collectively.
The day was organized for the workshop "Fabrique à Stratégies" (#FAS) to invite people to reflect together on the ecological transition, and more particularly on the new value systems around the bioeconomy and circular economic models.
A supercritical CO2 pilot has been commissioned and is now part of our Eco-extraction platform within the Engineering team. To be even more efficient and foster future partnerships, URD ABI is now a member of the "Innovation Fluides Supercritiques" society!
During the last General Assembly of the IAR cluster, Professor Florent Allais, Director of URD ABI, was elected to the Board of Directors in the "Formation, Recherche, Transfert" panel. This position will allow URD ABI to be even more involved in this internationally-recognized cluster in bioeconomy.
The Cover Feature shows how cellulose‐derived levoglucosenone can be efficiently converted into LGO‐Cyrene™ and then 2H‐HBO‐HBO through MeOH/K2CO3‐mediated homocoupling of levoglucosenone and subsequent H2O2‐mediated Baeyer–Villiger oxidation, respectively. The latter was then used as a diol monomer for the preparation of novel sustainable polyesters. More information can be found in the Full Paper by F. Diot‐Néant, L. Mouterde, et al.
Congratulations to Amandine Flourat and co-authors! Their review entitled “(S)-γ-Hydroxymethyl-α,β-butenolide, a Valuable Chiral Synthon: Syntheses, Reactivity, and Applications”, exploring HBO as a bio-based platform chemical for a wild range of applications, has been picked-up for the Special Issue “A taste of current French Organic Chemistry” in Organic Process Research & Development (OPR&D).
About the special issue: Great names have made this chemistry famous throughout the world (e.g., Pasteur, Grignard, Curie) and have awakened vocations, but French chemistry does not just live in nostalgia for this glorious past. France is teeming with ideas, and very good scientists are working together every day, bringing chemistry to life and making it very applicable in pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, and specialties. This special issue of Organic Process Research & Development highlights innovative organic chemistry research from academic and industrial chemists across France and its neighboring countries.
ABI attended the webinar "Journée PLA 2.0" organized by IAR Cluster in which Dr. Antoine Gallos presented his recent work on the self-assembly of biobased additive turning technical and brittle grade of polylactic acid (PLA) into an elastomeric blend. It was a great occasion to contribute to this event aiming at deconstructing old ideas about PLA and to present latest innovations and progresses in industrial and scientific fields.