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BCBT group presents research at EUBCE 2024

The Biomass Conversion and Bioprocess Technology (BCBT) group from the Technical University of Denmark made a significant impact at the European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE) 2024, which took place in Marseille, France, from June 24 to 27.

On Monday, June 24, Prof. Solange Mussatto, head of the BCBT group, chaired the session "Biochemical platform for biorefinery". This session brought together experts from around the world to discuss advancements in sugar-related compounds, within a chemical platform for bio-based refineries.

The next day, Dr. Camilo Cabrera presented his work on "Techno-economic assessment of a coffee silverskin biorefinery to produce ethanol and co-products". This study evaluated the economic viability of using coffee processing waste for valuable product creation. By exploring the potential value chain created by this biorefinery concept, including the production of co-products with diverse applications, Dr. Cabrera underscored the multifaceted benefits that could be derived from this innovative approach.

On Wednesday, June 26, Dr. Eduards Krebss-Kleingezinds presented "Production and scale up of biobased culture media for microbial and mammalian cell cultivation", exploring sustainable alternatives to traditional cell culture media. Dr. Krebss-Kleingezinds emphasized the significance of using culture media derived from biomass, highlighting the opportunity to reduce environmental impact and promote a more sustainable approach in cell cultivation practices.

Dr. Sarah de Souza Queiroz discussed "Exploring xylose transport genes from Candida tropicalis for enhanced biomass conversion in bioprocesses", focusing on improving xylose utilization in industrial fermentation processes. Dr. Queiroz highlighted the possibility of enhancing xylitol bioproduction by utilizing specific genetic modifications and metabolic engineering techniques.

PhD student Lara Campos presented her research on "From cork by-products to bio-based alternatives for application in textiles", investigating novel uses for cork industry waste streams. The work developed by Lara could open up new avenues for sustainable textile production while addressing waste management issues in the cork industry.

These presentations encompassed various critical areas in biorefinery technology, including waste valorization, genetic engineering, sustainable culture media development, and process optimization.

Prof. Mussatto commented, "The strong showing of our group at EUBCE 2024 demonstrates the innovative spirit and dedication of our researchers. Their work is not just academically significant but has real-world applications that can help address some of the most pressing environmental challenges".


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