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.
After a long work upstream on safety measures, personal protection, communication, and work schedules, everything is ready for research activities partial resumption at CEBB. URD ABI and CentralSupelec are working hard to welcome back their teams in the best safety and sanitary conditions as soon as May, 13th!
As part of the global clinical trials to obtain an effective treatment against Covid-19, URD ABI and Circa were pleased to offer LGO as an chemical intermediary for the development of antivirals. Reussir.fr tells the story of this platform molecule with high potential.
The AgriWasteValue Interreg NWE Interreg North West Europe (NWE) team needs your help! In order to improve our digital map, we need to know where the by-products and residues are located in the North-West Europe area. We need information from vineyards and orchards in France, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands!
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We are pleased to welcome the interns who joined our team for 6 months. Five of them have joined the Chemistry team: Clémence Veith (University of Strasbourg), Enzo Petracco and Alexis Spalletta ( University of Lille), as well as Florian Fortuna and Alexandre Cordier (University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne). Claire Bailly (University of Strasbourg/EM Strasbourg Business School) is working in the Management Unit. The Biotechnology team has welcomed Laurène Aubry (University of Technology of Compiègne) and Célestin Bourgery (University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne). Finally, Wendy Louchart (University of Strasbourg), Hamza Karim (University of Grenoble), Nicolas Coquart (University of Montpellier) and Fatemeh Baghi (University of Paris-Saclay) joined the Process Engineering team.
We wish them all the best for their internship!
Amid the global Covid-19 pandemic, the URD ABI laboratory closed its doors on Monday, March 16, 2020 until further notice. Researchers thus telework and dedicate their time to write proposals, publications, patents, procedures, instructions for using the various instruments etc...
To contribute to the fight against the pandemic led by the French medical staff, we donated our entire stocks of masks, gloves, disinfectants, and soaps to the Reims University Hospital. The CEBB also lends its qPCR. This device will be used for the detection of the virus in patients.
We hope you are all doing well and, please, stay at home !
ABI, represented by Claire, Fanny, Julien and Kévin, were at the AgroParisTech booth at SIA to conduct the “Biomass and valorization” workshop as part of the day dedicated to Bioeconomy. Through this scientific activity, SIA visitors have discovered what can be done with mustard bran, wheat bran, olive pomace, beet pulp, wood shavings, and vine shoots and had to guess which one could be transformed into dishwashing liquid, anti-UV for sunscreen, a buttery aroma, a non-endocrine disruptive plasticizer and an anti-wrinkle cream.
Many people stopped by the booth to come play and learn with us. What a great day!
URD ABI, the University of Reims and Chair of CentralSupelec have welcomed sixth graders from Pontfaverger Middle School for a whole day to introduce them to the bioeconomy. The day consisted in visits, workshops and rich discussions. This initiative allowed them to discover various fields such as bioeconomics, microbiology, chemistry, separation techniques, and even critical-thinking. Hope that this can trigger future vocations!
For two days, URD ABI, the University of Reims, CentralSupelec and Génopole have exchanged views on various scientific topics with a view to developing future collaborations. On the program: enzymatic catalysis, lignin fractionation and metagenomics. This event took place in the premises of Génopole and ended with a visit of Abolis, a start-up supported by Génopole and specialized in synthetic biology.