12 MAR 2019
27 FEB 2019
Official signing of the agreement between Grand Reims, Grand Est, ADEPRINA and AgroParisTech for the renewal of URD ABI funding!As every year, AgroParisTech participated in the SIA (International Exhibition of Agriculture in France) with an original booth designed as a fully bio-based house. This year, ABI formalized the renewal of its funding with the signing of the agreement between Grand Reims, Grand Est, ADEPRINA and AgroParisTech. AgroParisTech and URD ABI are thankful to them for their continuing support and trust! Through this renewed and increased funding, we are strengthening our pluridisciplinary team with 10 new permanent scientists to turn agricultural by-products into high value-added molecules, and to contribute to the bio-economy in the Grand Est.
21 FEB 2019
BoostCrop - Boosting Crop Growth using Natural Product and Synthesis Enabled Solar HarvestingOne of the major challenges of the 21st century is feeding the constantly growing world population. This requires an increase in agricultural and horticultural production, while the quality and quantity of arable land is rapidly declining. It is therefore crucial to increase both the yield of many important crops and the number of geographical locations suitable for agriculture.
An important aspect requiring innovative solutions is the cold stress of plants. Low temperatures and frost damage reduce crop yield, prevent crops from growing at higher altitudes, and limit the growing season and thus the yield of arable land.
The Boostcrop consortium is composed of University of Warwick (coordinator), Aix Marseille Université, AgroParisTech - URD ABI, Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung (BFR - the scientific agency for toxicological research in Germany), PlantResponse Biotech, Radboud University, University of Amsterdam and University of Bristolwill.
This consortium develops so-called molecular temperature controllers that can improve the germination and growth processes of plants. These molecules prevent cold stress, and the concept is to eventually formulate them in a spray to improve crop growth at low temperatures.
25 JAN 2019
Launch of the Interreg North-West Europe AGRIWASTEVALUE projectThe Agriwastevalue project aims to valorize agricultural by-products, and more particularly those of the fruit, tree and viticulture sectors, in cosmetics and nutraceuticals. These by-products will be integrated in a value-added chain, allowing the creation of bio-based products for key industrial sectors such as chemistry, energy or agriculture.
Coordinated by AgroParisTech, the consortium is also composed of the following partners: Cosmetic Valley, the University of Reims Champagne Ardenne, Celabord, Delphy, PFI, Valbiom, GIE Eurasanté and the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.
21 JAN 2019
URD ABI presented at ESCOMABI was very excited and honored to speak at a conference dedicated to Green and Sustainable Chemistry at ESCOM in Compiègne.
Pr. Florent Allais discussed about how transdisciplinary is implemented within URD ABI and how it turns to be an efficient tool for the valorisation of agro-resources by combining chemistry, biotechnology, biochemistry, downstream processing and synthetic biology.11 JAN 2019
Happy new year 2019!ABI team wishes you a happy new year 2019. To begin this year, we are proud to announce that Chaire ABI is now URD ABI (URD = Research & Development Unit). Year 2018 proved great with a significant growth of ABI’s scientific production, industrial partnerships as well as European grants awarded. Since its creation, ABI has published 59 articles, 3 book chapters and lodged 10 patents. Let’s hope 2019 will be as successful as 2018!19 DEC 2018
Inauguration of the new chemistry lab and scale-up zone at CEBBOn December 19th, the CEBB inaugurated its new chemistry lab and scale-up zone funded by Grand Reims urban community, Grand Est region and ABI. These areas will allow new bio-based molecules development and kilolab production in order to market them11 DEC 2018
URD ABI presented at the CVT AllEnvi 2018URD ABI was very glad to attend CVT AllEnvi 2018 for the Journée Challenge: Wood, a resource for Chemistry. It was an opportunity for Dr. Louis Mouterde to present the advances made by URD ABI on a project dedicated to sawdust valorization through biocatalytic processes to access high value added chemicals such as Dairy lactone or the green solvent Cyrene. Dairy lactone is a butter flavor that can be used in food sectors such as bakery, snacks, sauces or ice creams29 NOV 2018
Florent Allais has the great honor of being sponsor of the CHEMBIOTECH Engineer class of 2018 at Strasbourg (ECPM-ESBS)Prof. Florent Allais has had the great honor to be the sponsor (patron) of the CHEMBIOTECH Class of 2018. This M.Sc. level degree, co-certified by the ECPM (https://ecpm.unistra.fr/en/) and ESBS (https://esbs.unistra.fr/en/) schools of Strasbourg, provides students with great expertise in both chemistry and biotechnology.29 NOV 2018
ABI participated to the European Forum of Industrial Biotechnology (EFIB)ABI business developers Kévin Magnien and Grégoire Burgé participated to the annual event EFIB (European Forum of Industrial Biotechnology) with their colleagues from CEBB. It was an excellent opportunity to present the expertise and skills of the different actors of CEBB and that of the AEBB school network (Agro-resources, environment, biotechnology and bioeconomy) on the IAR Cluster booth.29 NOV 2018
The CEBB has organized an event dedicated to the production and valorization of micro-algaeOn October 1st, the CEBB organized, in partnership with the IAR Cluster, an event dedicated to the production and valorization of micro-algae. More than 100 participants attended these conferences and visited CEBB facilities. Key players in micro-algae research, such as CEA, Alganelle, Spiris or Celabor, showcased their work. ABI presented the Interreg European project ALPO on the production of new polymers from microalgae biomass, with its partners from the universities of Reims Champagne Ardenne, Gent, Lille and Kulak.15 NOV 2018
ABI and Extractis co-organized a technical day on Biocatalysis & ProcessOn November 15th, ABI and the technical center Extractis co-organized a technical day on Biocatalysis & Process for a sustainable chemistry. Participants, coming from industry and academia, attended conferences given by Prof. Catherine Sarazin (UPJV, Amiens) on Using enzymes for the valorization of different biomasses, Prof. Caroline Rémond (URCA, Reims) on Biocatalysis for the fractionation of hemicellulose and the production of surfactants molecules, Dr. Sébastien Givry (Soufflet, Nogent-sur-Seine) on Production of hemicellulases by solid-state fermentation, and Prof. Florent Allais (ABI) on Biocatalysis, an indispensable tool for the green chemistry in URD ABI. Participants also enjoyed the visit of Extractis facilities and along with two demonstrations: one by Amandine Flourat, Chemical Engineer at ABI, on A cocktail with water, vanillin and enzymes for the production of antioxidants, monomers and BPA substitutes, and the other given by Extractis on The potential of extrusion as enzymatic reactor.08 OCT 2018
ABI participated to the annual event : Foire de ChalonsABI participated to the annual event “Foire de Chalons” to showcase to the visitors the scientific research projects performed in Marne. ABI, with its partners from CEBB (European Center of Biotechnology and Bioeconomy).
This event was also the opportunity to not only meet and present our work to Jean-Michel Blanquer, Minister (Secretary of State) for Education, but also officially inaugurate the new Institute of Advanced Agricultural Studies within the Planet A® initiative.
Finally, Guillaume Delfau, graduate student at ABI, presented his work on the fermentation of micro-algae residues for the production of carboxylic acids as renewable monomers.”.08 OCT 2018
Visit of the French Department of Agriculture officials at CEBB.ABI was very happy to welcome the DGPE (General Direction of the Economic and Environmental Performance of Enterprises) and the DGER (General Direction of Education and Research) of the Frehcn Department of Agriculture.
It was a great opportunity to present and explain the industrial metabolism of the Pomacle-Bazancourt biorefinery, and to showcase the research projects investigated by ABI. After a visit of the CEBB and the private research center ARD, our hosts climbed on the top of Cristanol mill to have an overwiew of the synergy between the different actors of the biorefinery.30 JULY 2018
The Chair ABI won the Innovation award at 24h of IAR ClusterThis year, ABI participated in the 24 hour IAR innovation contest. Mathilde Grandchamp, engineer in biotechnology, Dr. Louis Mouterde, research engineer in biochemistry, Dr. Grégoire Burgé and Kévin Magnien, business developers, presented a project dedicated to the valorization of olive cake in order to improve digestive processes of ruminant as well as the extraction and production of molecules with high added value. Their presentation won the award with 98% of the votes, congratulations!30 JULY 2018
ABI was mobilised for the ELB (Exploring Lignocellulosic biomass) 2018 and won the award at the poster sessionABI participated to the ELB2018 (Exploring Lignocellulosic Biomass) conference that took place in Reims from June, 26th to June, 29th. This was a great opportunity for many ABI researchers to present their work and progress on the extraction and synthesis of molecules with high added value from biomass. ABI’s director, Pr. Florent Allais, and Dr. Louis Mouterde, research engineer in biochemistry, presented their research work in collaboration with our partners from France (Prof. Arnaud Haudrechy, ICMR URCA), Australia (Dr. Warwick Raverty, CIRCA group and Prof. Ben Greatrex, University of New England) and the USA (Prof. Jon Stewart, University of Florida) on the valorization of sawdust into high value-added chemicals. Dr. Ezinne Achinivu, post-doc in chemistry, also presented her research on the extraction of sinapic acid from mustard bran.
Many of us took part in the poster session: Amandine Flourat, Gaëlle Willig, Tiphaine Clément, Mathilde Grandchamp, Louis Hollande and Julien Couvreur. Congratulations to Mathilde who won the poster award with her work on “Improvement of protein content and limitation of polyphenolic rate in Olive Cake by solid-state fermentation: a way to valorize the industrial by-product in animal feed”.30 JULY 2018
Chaire ABI presented at Make-up innovation day by Cosmetic Valley clusterDr. Cédric Peyrot, Dr. Louis Mouterde and Kévin Magnien have presented the BIOPIC project (synthesis of biobased pigments) at the Make-up innovation day organized by the Cosmetic Valley cluster. It was a good opportunity for ABI to meet new potential partners in the new network.18 JUNE 2018
The Chaire ABI presented at WoodFungi Congress in Ghent !!!WoodFungi Congress is dedicated to wood fungi or lignicolous mushrooms. It was a great opportunity for Mathilde Leriche-Grandchamp to exchange ideas on these topics. She presented her research work on the use of lignolytic fungi to produce high-value molecules, and for mycoremediation of polluted soils with Dr. Antoine Fayeulle from UTC (University of Technology of Compiègne).18 JUNE 2018
The CEBB organized an open day for high school students !!!The CEBB (European Center of Biotechnology and Bioeconomy) organized an open day for high school students as part of the European Week of Sustainable Development. It was a great opportunity for students to discover non-food valorizations of biomass through an exposition on the biorefinery prepared by Accustica, 5 thematic workshops on chromatography, green chemistry and extraction, molecular biology, microbiology and nanotomography, as well as a seminar dedicated to bioeconomy-related employment and training presented by the IAR Cluster.18 JUNE 2018
Chaire ABI presented at SINAL Exhibition !!!The Chaire ABI was at SINAL Exhibition, a professional meeting dedicated to biobased molecules and products. It was a great opportunity for our business developers, Kévin Magnien and Dr. Grégoire Burgé, to meet new potential partners and discuss about the research projects currently investigated at ABI.
Pr. Florent Allais presented also our new results on synthetic biology projects in collaboration with Abolis company.18 JUNE 2018
Dr. John Warner visited ABI and the CEBB !!!The Chaire ABI was very proud to welcome Dr. John Warner, from the Warner-Babcock Institute in the CEBB as part of his participation to our assessment committee. Dr. Warner gave a very exciting and inspiring seminar entitled “20 years of the Green Chemistry”.18 JUNE 2018
The seventh Ph.D. final defense of the Chaire ABI !Congratulations to our seventh PhD, Dr. Axel Fayet, who has successfully passed his PhD defense on the detoxification of hemicellulosic hydrolysates by dia-nanofiltration, study of the fermentability and inhibitors actions.18 JUNE 2018
Chair ABI presented at the CBSO 2018 (Club Biocatalyse en Synthèse Organique)Chaire ABI was very happy to attend CBSO 2018 (Club Biocatalyse en Synthèse Organique). It was an opportunity for our two post-docs, Dr. Louis Mouterde and Dr. Cédric Peyrot, to present their works in green chemistry and biocatalysis dedicated to the valorization of levoglucosenone and sinapic acid, respectively.24 APR 2018
Chaire ABI presented at Extraction day co-organized by SFR Condorcet and IAR clusterOur scientists, Dr. Erika Clavijo (Downstream processing) and Amandine Flourat (Chemistry) had the opportunity to present our research activities involving extraction and separation techniques at the Extraction day co-organized by SFR Condorcet and IAR cluster and dedicated to the different methods of extraction and chemical transformation from biomass. They presented their research on the extraction of ferulic acid from wheat bran for the production of bio-based antioxidants, monomer, polymers and materials.24 APR 2018
Chair ABI attended the Biomolecules commission from IARChaire ABI was very happy to present its skills in biocatalysis during the biomolecules commission from IAR. This commission aims to develop innovative partnerships between academia and industrial actors for the development of biobased molecules. Dr. Louis Mouterde presented his works on the enzymatic synthesis of high value synthons from levoglucosenone.24 APR 2018
Chair ABI participated in the Agromaterials commission from IARChaire ABI participated in the Agromaterials commission from IAR. This commission is a great opportunity to create collaborative project between academia and companies that work on the synthesis and valorization of biomaterials, composites and polymers. Dr. Antoine Gallos and Louis Hollande presented our equipment and skills in agromaterials and more particularly in the production, characterization and valorization of functional bio-based additives by a green chemistry process.7 MARS 2018
Chaire ABI presented its research activities at the SIA 2018Chaire ABI was very excited to be part of the AgroParisTech booth at SIA 2018 (International exhibition of agriculture in France). It was a great opportunity for our business developers Kévin and Grégoire to explain bioeconomy to the general public with some examples of research works of ABI along with several trivia games and animations.
It was also the occasion to discuss with industrial and academic partners and discover the novel French strategy in Bioeconomy presented by Stéphane Travert, the Minister of Agricultural.7 MARS 2018
Professor Florent Allais was at Monash University in AustraliaFlorent Allais spent two weeks in Monash to discuss current and future research and teaching projects as part of the recent PALS ARC grant that Professor Gil Garnier leads and to which AgroParisTech is a partner.
This is no less than 3 co-advised PhD projects that will start within the next months on projects between Chaire ABI, the Department of Chemistry, the Department of Chemical Engineering and the BIOPRIA institute.
Dedicated to Green Chemistry and Sustainable Processes, these PhD projects will investigate new renewable polymers and materials, as well as new sustainable chemical processes for applications in the medical sector.
Stay tuned for the PhD postings, we’re looking for very enthusiastic candidates!!!2 FEV 2018
Chaire ABI presented at the J2C2 of SFR Condorcet !Chaire ABI participated to the J2C2 of SFR Condorcet (University of Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens) which is an opportunity for graduate students and post-doc fellows to present their work dedicated to the valorization of biomass. Dr. Louis Mouterde presented his research work on the enzymatic synthesis of high value synthons from levoglucosenone and Louis Hollande, graduate student, presented a poster on the chemo-enzymatic synthesis of renewable antioxidant additives with tunable polarity from lignocellulose and vegetal oil.8 JANV 2018
Happy new year 2018The entire Chair ABI team wishes you a happy new year 2018. For ABI, 2017 was a great year in terms of scientific production and partnerships. To date, the Chair ABI has published 40 articles, lodged 7 patents, reached 52 collaborations and is building its first start-up as we speak. Let’s hope 2018 will be as exciting!26 DEC 2017
AgroParisTech celebrated its 10th anniversary in the CEBB !One year ago, the CEBB (European Center of Biotechnology and Bioeconomy) was inaugurated. This year, AgroParisTech celebrates its 10th anniversary and introduces Chaire ABI as its new Research & Development Unit (URD) in Pomacle!
To celebrate this anniversary and this new URD, this day was dedicated to bioeconomy, and a debate entitled “Bioeconomy : Real opportunities, for who? When? “ animated by Guillaume Jolly from IAR cluster was held. Moreover, a speed meeting was organized by CCI Marne en Champagne in the aim to stimulate discussions and exchanges between industrial, academic actors. Finally, for the first time ever, the AgroParisTech Foundation congratulated solidariy and civic implications.26 DEC 2017
Chaire ABI participated to the 4th international scientific conference dedicated to wood-based chemistry : WoodchemChaire ABI participated to the 4th international scientific conference dedicated to wood-based chemistry : Woodchem (Vandoeuvre lès Nancy, December 6-7 2017). It was a great opportunity for Pr. Florent Allais to present our work on the chemo-enzymatic synthesis of chiral epoxides, rare sugars and flavors from levoglucosenone-derived (S)-γ-Hydroxymethyl-α,β-Butenolide (HBO).29 NOV 2017
The sixth Ph.D. final defense of the Chaire ABI!Congratulations to Florian Chemarin for his final defense! He is the sixth graduate student from the Chaire ABI to get his Ph.D. He worked on the mathematical modelling of reactive extraction of 3-hydroxyproponic acid with an integrated process coupling bioconversion and extraction.29 NOV 2017
Florian Diot-Néant passed his oral and was awarded the Townes R. Leigh awardCongratulations to Florian Diot-Néant, the first graduate student of the co-advised doctoral program between the Chaire ABI and the Department of Chemistry at the University of Florida (UF), for his successful oral defense! He is now a Ph.D. candidate. Moreover, the Department of Chemistry has announced the recipients of the annual Townes R. Leigh Prizes for outstanding achievement by first year graduate students. This award recognizes excellence in coursework, teaching, research, and written qualifying examinations. Florian is one of the recipients from the 2016 Ph.D. class.
Congratulations Florian!29 NOV 2017
Chaire ABI was at the annual meeting of the French Cytometry AssociationDuring the 2017 AFC (French Association of Cytometry) congress which took place in Reims, Chaire ABI members presented some of their work on flow cytometry. Dr Tiphaine CLEMENT presented her work on the study of the antimicrobial activity of vanillin and eugenol derivatives on E. coli and B. subtilis. Axel FAYET, graduate student, presented his work on the study of the actions of vanillin and ferulic acid on the membrane of B. subtilis 168. Finally, Dr Grégoire BURGE co-animated a microbiology session.08 NOV 2017
The Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Frédérique Vidal, visits the European Center of Biotechnology and Bioeconomy (CEBB).Monday October 23th 2017, Frédérique Vidal, the French Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation visited the biorefinery of Bazancourt-Pomacle and the European Center of Biotechnology and Bioeconomy (CEBB). It was a great opportunity to initiate a discussion between her and Florent Allais, the President of CEBB and Director of the Chair ABI, on the projects developed in the CEBB and on the complementary skills brought by its different research units.08 NOV 2017
Chair ABI participates at the Science Fair.The Science Fair aims to show the public the universe of science. In this context, Amandine Flourat (Green chemistry) and Mathilde Grandchamp (Microbiology) set up experiments in the planetarium of Reims for the young participants.
Moreover, Gregoire Burgé (Business Developer, AgroParisTech), and Nicolas Befort (Research Engineer, Chair of Bioeconomy of Neoma Business School) gave a conference dedicated to biotechnology and bioeconomy.08 NOV 2017
Florian Diot, the first graduate student from the co-advised doctoral program between the Chaire ABI and the Department of Chemistry at University of Florida is one of the recipients of the 2017 Townes R. Leigh PrizesThe Department of Chemistry of the University of Florida (UF) has announced the recipients of the annual Townes R. Leigh Prizes for outstanding achievement by first year graduate students. This award recognizes excellence in coursework, teaching, research, and written qualifying examinations. Florian Diot, the first graduate student from the co-advised doctoral program between the Chaire ABI and the Department of Chemistry at UF, is one of the recipients from the 2016 Ph.D. class. Congratulations Florian!!!!!16 OCT 2017
Chaire ABI participated to the research seminar organized by the CEBB as part of the European Biotech Week 2017The European Center of Biotechnology and Bioeconomy (CEBB) is developing a unique strategy covering the whole bioeconomy value chain from the initial processing of biomass to end products, through continuous multidisciplinary dialogue between industry and researchers. The CEBB organized a report back session on the work and research performed by its researchers on wheat bran valorization to highlight how the complementary competencies can be a real asset to cover the all value chain (i.e., from biomass to end products). This research seminar will demonstrate all the bioeconomic potential of wheat bran, a local byproduct.
Pr. Florent Allais, director of the Chair ABI and president of the CEBB, made a presentation about Enzymatic extraction of ferulic acid from wheat bran and its valorization into high value-added (macro)molecules.25 SEPT 2017
Chaire ABI participated to the 6th World Congress on Biopolymers in ParisThe Chaire ABI participated to the 6th World Congress on Biopolymers (Paris, september 2017). Dr Antoine Gallos was named moderator for the whole congress and presented his study showing how a single methyl group can drastically affect the microstructure of an injected biocomposite reinforced with natural fibers. He also presented a poster entitled "How ferulic acid can be turned into a biobased Non-Isocyanate polyurethane?". Dr Marine Janvier was designated chairwoman for her session, in which she presented an overview of the polymer research of the Chaire ABI, focusing on the valorization of new biobased macrobisphenols from ferulic and sinapic acid. Amandine Flourat presented her works on the synthesis and characterization of new biodegradable polymers with antiradical and antimicrobial activities.25 SEPT 2017
Chaire ABI attended the 254th ACS meeting in Washington, DCFrom August 20th at August 24th, Chaire ABI was present at the 254th national meeting of the American Chemical Society in Washington. The global theme of this event was the Chemistry's Impact on the Global Economy. This event gathered many researchers from all around the world and covered all chemistry fields (Around 9,000 papers and 2,700 posters were presented during this meeting). Professor Florent Allais presented Chaire ABI works on biosourced macrobisphenol synthesis and polymerizations, Jimmy Stopinski presented a poster on his PhD work about biosourced dendrimers modelling and Thomas Marié talked and presented a poster during Sci-Mix on his PhD work on the use of enzymatic catalysis for stilbenes functionalization.25 SEPT 2017
Chaire ABI was at the 11th International Congress on Membranes and Membrane processes in San FranciscoThe International Congress on Membranes and Membrane processes took place in San Francisco (29 July – 4 August 2017). ICOM 2017 will focus on "Enabling Membrane Technology" to overcome the challenges to replacing conventional technology in separations, energy production, and other applications. The congress topics were quite varied ranging from membrane materials and synthesis to membrane processes, fundamentals to concrete applications. Florian Chemarin had the opportunity to introduce his PhD work in an oral presentation about the reactive liquid-liquid extraction of organic acids in membrane contactors for biotechnological applications during a membrane contactors session. Dr. Andreia Teixeira presented her works on Diananofiltration, a purification approach towards the sustainability and PhD. Student Axel Fayet a poster on Dia-nanofiltration as a convenient detoxification process for the production of fermentescible substrates from lignocellulosic biomass hydrolysate.14 JUIL 2017
Chaire ABI participated to the 16th congress of the French society of chemical engineering (SFGP2017) in NancyBetween July, 11th and 13th, all french actors of chemical engineering met in Nancy for the biennal SFGP congress around several topics such as: the energy transition, product engineering, environmental issues of the 21st century and the innovation for bioproductions. Florian Chemarin, PhD student of the Chaire ABI, had the pleasure to present a keynote lecture about the "Coupling of production and separation processes in biotechnologies". He detailed the importance of the process integration approach in typical biotechnological productions and presented his recent results about the membrane-based reactive liquid-liquid extraction as an in-situ product recovery strategy to improve bio-based organic acids production.06 JUIN 2017
Chaire ABI has won the INNOVATION award at SINAL 2017The Chaire ABI has been awarded the INNOVATION prize for its new sustainable process allowing the production of biobased flavors, fragrances and chiral chemical platforms from sawdust.
We are grateful to those who vote for us, and also to Grand Est region, Conseil Départemental de la Marne, Grand Reims and CCI Marne for supporting our research activities and providing us with a booth to meet with current and future research partners.06 JUIN 2017
After Grégoire last year, Armando has been awarded the "Networking of local academia and industrial actors" PhD award at the Assises Recherche & Entreprises 2017Congratulations to Dr. Armando Reano, former graduate student at Chaire ABI, who received the "Networking of local academia and industrial actors" Ph.D. award during the Assises Recherche & Entreprises 2017 in Reims, France. This is the second year in a row that a graduate student from Chaire ABI wins this Ph.D. award!06 JUIN 2017
Massive participation of Chaire ABI at ISGC 2017!From May 16th to May 19th, the International Symposium on Green Chemistry (ISGC) took place in La Rochelle, France. The event gathered more than 750 participants and covered several general topics related to Green Chemistry: Polymers, Smart Use of Fossils, Renewable Carbon, Environmental Impact and Life Cycle Assessment, Mechanisms, Catalytic Systems, Alternative Solvents, Biotechnologies, Networking and Education. No less than 8 of our scientists attended this congress, presenting 3 oral communications and 3 posters.06 JUIN 2017
Chaire ABI attended the 5th edition of Plant Based SummitFrom April 25th to 27th, Plant Based Summit (PBS) took place in Lille Grand Palais. PBS is a European conference and exhibition dedicated to biobased solutions, and gathered more than 50 exhibitors and more than 600 participants.
In parallel to exhibitions, conferences were held on various topics such as new developments in the field of biobased intermediates and materials or biobased solutions for home/personal care, plastics/materials, packaging and paints/coatings. These conferences allowed the participants to better understand the global context of bioeconomy, discover new scientific and technical innovations as well as ways to take up industrialization challenges.06 JUIN 2017
Chaire ABI was at the 253rd ACS Meeting in San FranciscoFrom April, 2nd to 6th, San Francisco hosted the 253rd ACS Meeting with almost 10,000 participants. Dr. Antoine Gallos, Louis Hollande and Prof. Florent Allais have given talks and presented a poster about their results on (1) the study of biobased composites, (2) new biobased antioxidant with tunable polarity, (3) the valorization of saw dust using green chemistry (biocatalysis), and (3) the synthesis of new biobased phenolic polymers using ADMET.22 MARS 2017
The fifth Ph.D. final defense of the Chaire ABI!Congratulations to Stéphanie Cony-Dupoiron for her final defense! She is the fifth graduate student from the Chaire ABI to get her Ph.D. She worked on the enzymatic deconstruction of arabinoxylans from lignocellulosic biomass and eco-friendly purification of the different functional fractions obtained.31 DEC 2016
Inauguration of the European Center of Biotechnology and BioeconomyOn December 1st 2016, the European Center of Biotechnology and Bioeconomy (CEBB) was inaugurated. One year after the end of the building construction, the multidisciplinary scientific work dedicated to research, innovation and creation of local value and jobs, is seriously engaged.
This event gathered more than 150 participants and featured many talks given by politics, academics and scientists. We had notably the great honor of welcoming Mrs. Catherine Vautrin (President of Reims Metropole), M. René-Paul Savary (President of the Marne Department), Mr. Arnaud Robinet (Mayor of Reims), as well as Mr. Philippe Richert (President of Grand-Est Region). It was also a great pleasure and honor to have Prof. Richard Gross from the Renssealer Polytechnic Institute as our Honorable and Distinguished scientific guest.
During this event, Pr. Gilles Trystram, managing director of AgroParisTech, and Pr. Florent Allais, director of the Chaire ABI, gave an overview of the Chaire ABI’s research work and achievements since its creation in October 2012.
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The fourth Ph.D. final defense of the Chaire ABI!Congratulations to Abdus Samad Jaufurally for his final defense! He is the fourth graduate student from the Chaire ABI to get his Ph.D. He worked on the enzymatic oligomerisation of p-hydroxy cinnamic alcohols for the production of monomers and additives for polymer chemistry.
08 SEP 2016
INTERREG project ALPO selected for funding!The INTERREG project ALPO - involving the Chaire AB, the URCA, the University of Lille, the University of Mons, the Catholic University of Leuven and the University of Gant - was selected for funding.
This project focuses on the valorization of micro-algae in the field of polymers: growth, harvesting, fractionation of the various constituents, polysaccharides fermentation to produce building blocks / monomers, use of lipid as monomers, use of secondary metabolites as functional additives, life cycle assessment (LCA). In this context, two PhDs will be funded: one co-supervised with the University of Mons on fermentation and one co-supervised with the University of Gant on LCA. In addition to that, an engineer specialized on process engineering will be hired and equipment will be purchased, such as a LC-MS system, new bioreactors and separation equipment.
08 SEP 2016
Massive participation of Chaire ABI at the 252nd American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition in PhiladelphiaFrom August 21th to 25th, the 252nd American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition (ACS 232) took place in Philadelphia, PA (USA). This giant event gathered more than 10,000 participants and featured more than 7,000 presentations organized into technical symposia that highlighted important research advances in the field of chemistry.
No less than 5 of our scientists attended this congress, presenting 4 oral communications and 2 posters. 3 post-doctoral students presented their work: Dr. Antoine Gallos on Influence of the chemical structure of ferulic acid derivatives on the mechanical properties of biocomposites materials by confocal Raman imaging, Dr. Marine Janvier on Syringaresinol: a new bio-based bisphenolic building-block for polymers synthesis and Dr. Raphaël Ménard on new fully biobased epoxy thermosets from ferulic acid with tunable properties. In addition to that, Abdus Samad Jaufurally, PhD student, presented his last advances on ADMET polymerization of biobased monomers deriving from syringaresinol. Prof. Florent Allais also presented the results on our collaboration with Circa and Dr. Ben Greatrex’ research group dedicated to the valorization of levoglucosenone.
08 SEP 2016
Prof. Florent Allais presented his work at the "2nd World Congress on Biopolymers" during 4-5 August 2016 in Manchester, UKPr. Florent Allais was given the opportunity to present a keynote lecture on our recent advances on chemo-enzymatic synthesis and polymerizations of bio-based bisphenols derived from lignin to access to novel 100% renewable alternating aromatic/aliphatic polymers. He was also chairman for several sessions such as Biopolymers as Materials, Green Composites in Biopolymers, Biopolymer Feed Stock Challenges & Opportunities and Future & Scope of Biopolymers.
08 SEP 2016
Chaire ABI attended the 32nd International Conference of the Polymer Processing SocietyThe 32nd International Conference of the Polymer Processing Society (PPS-32) took place in Lyon, France. It provided cutting edge research results and latest developments in the field of polymer engineering and science. The topics covered conventional processing technologies as well as materials based macromolecular research. General Symposia and a series of Special Symposia offered a forum for more than 600 oral presentations and 200 posters. Further highlights were the Plenary Lectures given by speakers from academia and companies focusing on the global challenges in polymer engineering.
3 scientists from the Chaire attended this event and presented 2 oral communications and 2 posters. Dr. Antoine Gallos, post-doctoral researcher in polymer sciences, presented his works on the influence of the chemical structure of ferulic acid derivatives on the aspect ratio of hemp fibres and on the mechanical properties of biocomposites materials by Confocal Raman Imaging and the work of Pr. Florent Allais on the chemo-enzymatic synthesis and polymerizations of bio-based bisphenols derived from lignin. In parallel, Louis Hollande and Abdus Samad Jaufurally, two graduate students, presented two posters on their work, highlighting their recent advances on ADMET polymerization of biobased monomers deriving from syringaresinol and on chemo-enzymatic synthesis and functionalization of a renewable lignin-derived bisphenol, respectively.
28 JUIN 2016
Chaire ABI won the 1st prize of poster awards at RRB 2016From May 30st to June 1st, the 12th International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries (RRB) took place Ghent, Belgium. The event gathered more than 200 participants and covered many general topics: Biobased materials, Valorisation of biomass waste streams, Biomass fractionation, Bioactive compounds from biomass, Plant cell wall modification, Biocatalysis for bioresource transformation, Bioproducts from woody biomass, Chemical platform molecules, Pretreatment and transformation of lignocellulosics, Bioenergy, Nutrient & Energy Cycling, Biorefineries, Sustainability, Downstream Processing, Metabolic engineering of fermentation processes, Micro and macro algae technology, Biosurfactants. Six of our scientists attended this congress, presenting 2 oral communications and 3 posters.
Congratulations to Dr. Tiphaine Clément, research engineer and head of microbiology department at Chaire ABI, who received the first prize of the Poster Awards for her work on the influence of the biomass growth conditions on the bioconversion of glycerol to 3-hydroxypropanoic acid and 1,3-propanediol by resting cells of Lactobacillus reuteri.
28 JUIN 2016
Chaire ABI attended Sinal Exhibition, a business meeting dedicated to Bio-based Industry in Châlons-en-ChampagneFrom May 24th to 25th, Sinal Exhibition took place in Châlons-en-Champagne. This event is an annually business meeting dedicated to Bio-based Industry, and gathered more than 150 participating companies. No less than 18 seminars have been given by professionals, experts and researchers. In parallel, 2200 business meetings have been arranged during these two days.
Dr. Grégoire Burgé was given the opportunity to present the Chaire ABI and its activities on the CCI Reims-Epernay booth. During this event, Neweaver - a start-up working with the Chaire ABI - won the first prize to reward the most promising innovation for their work on the biobased production of chitosan from fungi.
25 Mai 2016
Chaire ABI new facilities are up and running in the CEBB!Since April 2016, the Chaire ABI has moved to the CEBB (European Center of Biotechnology and Bioeconomy). Located near Reims, in the heart of the Bazancourt-Pomacle biorefinery, the CEBB hosts 4 teaching and research chairs and aims at working with local industrial partners for the valorisation of agro-resources and biorefineries byproducts, from the lab to the industrial scale.
This new laboratory, dedicated to fundamental and applied research will give a new dimension to the Bazancourt-Pomacle biorefinery
25 Mai 2016
Prof. Florent Allais will present at "Sustainable Polymers 2016" at Safety Harbor, FloridaThis conference will bring together researchers from academia, industry, and government to present and discuss their activities in the broad area of sustainable polymers. Recent research in new materials, new processes, and new technologies that focus on sustainable practices in polymer science and technology will be presented.
Prof. Allais was given the opportunity to present the chair and its activities on the use of phenolic acids for the synthesis of new biobased thermoplastics and thermosets.
25 Mai 2016
Chaire ABI gave a presentation at GDR SYMBIOSE in AutransFrom May 26th to 29th, GDR SYMBIOSE (Groupement De Recherche SYnthons et Matériaux BIOSourcEs - Research consortium on biobased materials and platform molecules) took place in Autrans, near Grenoble. It gathered more than 50 participants, coming from the French academic world (CNRS, INRA). This event was the opportunity to address four main topics: selective disassembly of biomass, modification and functionalization of bio-based building blocks, bio-based materials, characterization methods of synthons and biobased materials
During this event, Dr. Grégoire Burgé, responsible of science transfer and valorisation at Chaire ABI, presented an overview of the Chaire ABI’s work on lignocellulosic biomass valorization. This event allowed to meet and exchange with other research groups and will potentially lead to new collaborations.
25 Mai 2016
The third Ph.D. defense of the Chaire ABICongratulations to Aida Kalantari for her final defense! She is the third graduate student from the Chaire ABI to get her Ph.D.
19 AVR 2016
BIOPRIA – BAMI Visiting Professorship was held by Prof. Florent Allais at Monash University (Australia)From March, 29th to April, 17th 2016, Prof. Florent Allais, was Visiting Professor at Monash University in the BIOPRIA research institute directed by Prof. Gil Garnier.
During his stay in Australia, he gave academic as well as industrial lectures and visited a few industries in Victoria and Tasmania.
Very promising collaborations should develop in the near future. Stay tuned!»
19 AVR 2016
A thesis Award for the Chaire ABI!Congratulations to Dr. Grégoire Burgé who received one of the three annual Doctoral Thesis Award from the University of Reims! This prize in the category “Connecting local actors” rewards not only his work on the design of an integrated process coupling biotechnological process and in situ reactive extraction for the production of 3-hydroxypropionic acid by Lactobacillus reuteri, but also the successful integration of the Chaire ABI in the local and regional academic system.
Picture credit: ID Champagne-Ardenne / Eric VANDEN, picture taken at 11th Research & Enterprise Forum organized by ID Champagne-Ardenne with support from the Alsace Lorraine Champagne-Ardenne Regional Council.19 AVR 2016
From April 3rd to April 6th, the 13th European Conference on Fungal Genetics (ECFG13) took place in ParisFrom April 3rd to April 6th, the 13th European Conference on Fungal Genetics (ECFG13) took place in Paris.
The conference showcased all the recent advances in fungal genetics, molecular biology, cellular biology, synthetic biology and biotechnology. The conference included three keynote lectures, six plenary sessions (with 18 lectures), nine concurrent sessions (with 72 lectures) and three poster sessions. Scientists from Europe, Australia, the USA but also Mexico and South Korea presented their results.
Mathilde Leriche presented a poster on her work, highlighting her recent advances on the depolymerisation on lignin by solid-state fermentation on miscanthus straw with Phanerochaete chrysosporium.
19 AVR 2016
The second Ph.D. defense of the Chaire ABICongratulations to Armando Reano for his final defense! He is the second graduate student from the Chaire ABI to get his Ph.D. Dr. Armando Reano has recently started a post-doc fellowship in polymer chemistry in the PIMM research group at the CNAM.
15 MAR 2016
Chaire ABI attended the congress "Catalysis Applied to Biomass (CABiomass 2016)" at the University of Technology of Compiègne (UTC)From March 9th to March 11th, the congress dedicated to catalysis applied to biomass (CABiomass 2016) took place in Compiègne, France. The conference was focused on three key areas : novel catalytic reactions applied to bio-based compounds or using bio-based reagents, novel catalytic reactions using green solvents (water, ionic liquids, deep eutectic solvents, critical fluids…), new ambitious technologies (using flow chemistry, enzymes, microwaves, microreactors, nanocatalysts…).
5 scientists from the Chaire attended this event organized by UTC (University of Technology of Compiègne) and presented 2 oral communications, 2 flash communications and 2 posters. They were given the opportunity to present their results on chemo-enzymatic synthesis and polymerisations of bio-based bisphenols derived from lignin, chemo-enzymatic synthesis of key intermediates molecules starting from levoglucosenone, enzyme modification (glycosylation and esterification) of resveratrol, and functionalization of renewable lignin-derived bisphenol.
27 JAN 2016
Agreement between the Chair ABI - AgroParisTech and the Chemistry Department at the University of Florida.The Chair ABI - AgroParisTech and the Chemistry Department at the University of Florida just signed an agreement for the funding of co-advised PhDs for the next 8 years. These PhDs will take place successively in Gainesville, FL (USA) and Reims (France) and will allow the graduate students to get two PhD degrees, one from UF and the other from AgroParisTech.
The first graduate student of this new partnership is Florian Diot. Starting January, 2016 Florian will be working with Prof. Stephen Miller and Prof. Florent Allais (Chaire ABI) on new biobased polymers from biomass.
14 DEC 2015
From June 17th to 19th, the" XXIèmes journées du Groupement Français de Spectroscopie Vibrationnelle (GFSV)" took place in Reims (France).The major topics dealt with Infrared and Raman spectroscopies techniques applied in medical and material sciences. Dr Antoine Gallos, post-doctoral researcher in polymer sciences at Chaire ABI (AgrosParisTech) and UMR FARE (INRA), presented his works on Confocal Raman Imaging. His oral communication was centred on the characterization of novel biocomposites reinforced with hemp fibres that were pretreated with ferulic acid derivatives.
14 DEC 2015
From October 6th to 9th, the 5th International Conference on Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers (BIOPOL 2015) took place in San Sebastian (Spain).Major actors from the world of biopolymers gathered during these four days. Dr Antoine Gallos, post-doctoral researcher in polymer sciences at Chaire ABI (AgroParisTech) and UMR FARE (INRA), had the opportunity to present his works on Confocal Raman Imaging. His poster reported many advances in method development for the characterization of biopolymers structures.
To see the poster, click on this link
05 NOV 2015
Journée technique Pôle IAR : polymères biosourcés relation structure activitésOn Tuesday, 22nd September, Armando REANO, Abdus Samad JAUFURALLY and Florent ALLAIS participated at the “Journée Technique Pole IAR : polymères biosourcés relation structure activités”.
This event was held in Paris, where 78 international researchers from academia and industry discussed recent advances in biobased polymers research (substitution of commodity polymers or new structural polymers).
This was a great opportunity for our PhD students to interact and network with researchers from internationally recognized european laboratories.
05 NOV 2015
From October, 12th to October, 15th, the 23rd annual meeting of the Bio-Environmental Polymer Society (BEPS) took place in Karlsruhe, Germany.This event gathered about 60 international participants (Europe, Asia and USA) from industry and academia. Main topics included the development of novel “green” methods and sustainable polymers from biobased building blocks.
Armando REANO presented two posters: one describing the valorization of p-hydroxycinnamic acid-based bisphenols as antioxidants and the second demonstrating the use of these bisphenols as flexible monomers to obtain a wide range of renewable polymers with very interesting thermal properties.
22 OCT 2015
Chaire ABI will be present at the EFIB in Brussels from October, 27th to 29thEFIB, the European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the bioeconomy, will take place in Bruxelles (Belgium) from October, 27th to 29th. As a member of the IAR cluster, the chair will be present on the IAR booth. If you are interested in getting to know more about our activities please come and visit us, Grégoire will be there to answer your questions !
20 OCT 2015
Chaire ABI attended the 17th Congress of European mycologists at MadeiraMathilde Leriche Grandchamp attended the 17th Congress of European Mycologists held in Madeira, Portugal.
From the 21st to the 25th of September2015, this European triennial meeting hosted participants from 34 countries – 21 European countries and 13 from outside Europe (e.g. Canada, Nigeria and Turkey).
The Congress included lectures, workshops and poster sessions dealing with a wide range of topics in the fields of applied mycology, fungal biotechnology, biodiversity and fungal interactions.
In connection with our research area, applied mycology held our attention. Indeed, fungi appear to be efficient in waste water treatment and soil bioremediation (particularly thanks to laccase and peroxidases) and seem to play also an important role as mycorrhizae in agroforestry.
08 JUNE 2015
Posters from Chaire ABI presented at York, UK during the "Renewable Resources and Biorefineries" conferenceFrom June 3 rd to June 5 th , the 11th edition of the International Conference on Renewable Resources and Biorefineries (RRB Conference) took place in York.
This event gathered delegates from university, industry, governmental and non-governmental organizations and venture capital providers. They exchanged their views and strategies related to the use of renewable raw materials for non-food applications and energy supply.
Chaire ABI was selected to present two posters:
- The first poster described our work on the transformation of levoglucosenone: “Chemo-enzymatic synthesis of key intermediates (S)-γ-hydroxymethyl-α,β-butenolide and (S)-γ-hydroxymethyl-γ-butyrolactone via lipase-mediated Baeyer–Villiger oxidation of levoglucosenone” (A. Flourat, A.Peru, A. Teixeira, F. Brunissen, F. Allais) link 1
- The second poster was related to our work on aromatic compounds: “ Synthesis and polymerizations of new biobased macrobisphenols derived from ferulic acid” (A. F. Reano, F. Pion, Z. Oulame, I. Barbara, F. Flourat, S. Domenek, P.-H. Ducrot, F. Allais) link 2
10 MAY 2015
Massive participation of Chaire ABI at ISGC 2015 coming back with the 2nd price of poster awardsFrom May 3rd to May 7th, the International Symposium on Green Chemistry (ISGC) took place in La Rochelle, France. The event gathered more than 750 participants and covered nine general topics related to Green Chemistry: Biomass conversion, clean hydrogen production, alternative solvents, waste, polymers and materials, atom-economy synthesis, eco-technology, predictive methods and environmental and ethical assessment.
No less than ten of our scientists attended this congress, presenting 3 oral communications, one flash communication and 6 posters.
Congratulations to Felix Armando Reano, final year Ph.D. student in green chemistry at Chaire ABI, who received the second price of the Poster Awards for his work on biobased macrobisphenol synthesis and polymerisation.23 APR 2015
Chaire ABI will be present at ISGC 2015With more than 800 attendees, the 3rd International Symposium on Green Chemistry (ISGC) will take place in La Rochelle from May 3rd to 7th. The event will include 24 plenary lectures, 298 scientific conferences and more than 500 posters.
Chaire ABI will be extremely well represented as 10 scientists will attend the conference and present 4 oral communications and 6 posters on their research work.16 APR 2015
3 of our PhD students and our director presented their research work at “Journées ABIES”Organized by ABIES, the doctoral/graduate school of AgroParisTech, "Journées ABIES" is a two day event that took place in Paris on April 14th and 15th. These two days were structured like a mini congress with oral communications, presentations from experts and poster sessions.
The first day was dedicated to synthetic biology. PhD student Aida Kalantari had the opportunity to present her work on metabolic engineering of Bacillus subtilis for the production of 3-hydroxypropionic acid.
On day two, devoted to sustainable food and non-food systems, Prof. Florent Allais presented the Chaire ABI (missions, research projects and current collaborations). Abdus Samad Jaufurally, PhD student in Chemistry, then presented his work on the synthesis of syringaresinol via an optimized enzymatic oxidation. Finally, Felix Armando Reano, also a PhD student in Chemistry, explained how he determined the antioxidant activity of the new promising biobased bisphenols he synthesized.
This event gathered around 70 participants and was a great opportunity to discover the diversity of topics covered by ABIES doctoral school.11 APR 2015
Chaire ABI gave two presentations at GDR SYMBIOSE in NantesFrom April 8th to 10th, GDR SYMBIOSE (Groupement De Recherche SYnthons et Matériaux BIOSourcEs - Research consortium on biobased materials and platform molecules) took place in Nantes. It gathered more than 50 participants, coming from the French academic world (CNRS, INRA). This event was the opportunity to address three topics: biomass fractionation, platform molecules characterization and biobased materials and their valorization.
During this event, Dr. Antoine Gallos, postdoctoral researcher at Chaire ABI presented the inputs of mapping composites and lignocellulosic fibres pretreated with biobased molecules by confocal Raman microscopy. Amandine Flourat, responsible for the department of chemistry within the Chaire, also described the Chaire's mode of operation, our missions and expertise. This event enabled us to meet and exchange with other research groups, and potentially initiate new collaborations.10 APR 2015
Chaire ABI exhibited at Plant Based SummitFrom April 8th to 10th, Plant Based Summit (PBS) took place in Lille Grand Palais. PBS is a European conference and exhibition on biobased solutions, and gathered this year 75 exhibitors and more than 1000 participants.
Chaire ABI had a dedicated booth within the IAR village allowing us to present our activities and innovations. It was a great opportunity to meet with stakeholders of the biobased economy, share knowledge and develop business relationships.
In parallel to exhibitions, conferences were held on various topics such as new developments in the field of biobased intermediates and materials or biobased solutions for home/personal care, plastics/materials, packaging and paints/coatings. These conferences allowed the participants to better understand the global context of bioeconomy, discover new scientific and technical innovations as well as ways to take up industrialization challenges.
We extended business exchanges during the visit of IMPROVE (a company dedicated to protein valorization) and CVG (Center for Glucid valorization) on Friday.28 FEV 2015
Chaire ABI will be present at Plant Based Summit from April 8th to 10th.The Plant Based Summit, European conference and exhibition for bio-based solutions will take place in Lille in April. As a member of the IAR cluster, the chair will have a booth in the IAR village. These 3 days of conferences and exhibitions represent an excellent opportunity to expand our visibility and initiate research collaborations. If you are interested in getting to know more about our activities please come and visit us at our booth.05 FEV 2015
Chaire ABI participated at "Bio-based composites" Scientific Day at Sophia AntipolisDr Antoine Gallos, post-doctoral researcher in Polymer Science at Chaire ABI and the UMR FARE, attended the bio-based composites scientific day organised by CEMEF (CEntre de Mise En Forme des Matériaux/Centre for Material Forming), a laboratory belonging to Mines ParisTech. He was given the opportunity to present his last findings on the use of ferulic acid and its derivatives for the advanced treatment of lignocellulosic fibers before extrusion through an oral presentation and a poster. See poster here