Communications

  • 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 Bioeconomy

    On 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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  • 31 DEC 2016

    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 Philadelphia

    From 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, UK

    Pr. 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 Society

    The 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 2016

    From 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-Champagne

    From 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, Florida

    This 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 Autrans

    From 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 ABI

    Congratulations 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 Paris

    From 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 ABI

    Congratulations 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 activités

    On 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 29th

    EFIB, 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 Madeira

    Mathilde 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" conference

    From 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 awards

    From 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 2015

    With 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 Nantes

    From 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 Summit

    From 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 Antipolis

    Dr 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