Communications

May 31, 2024

ABI participation to URCOM 25

ABI participation to URCOM 25

ABI has celebrated the 25th anniversary of its partner URCOM laboratory by participating to the URCOM25 international conference, held on Le Havre (France) from 29th to 31st of May. A first talk was given by Robin Fournier about green synthesis of innovative levoglucosenone and p-hydroxycinnamate based molecules. A second one dealing with selective synthesis of stilbene derivatives (ANR project GlycoStil) was given by Dr. Amandine Flourat. This event also included a "Cosmetic Research Tour" event, as well as a tour of URCOM facilities.

May 23, 2024

URD ABI participation to the Europe Day!

URD ABI participation to the Europe Day!

On Thursday May 23, Amandine Flourat took part in the “Europe Day” organized by AgroParisTech's European and International Relations Office. The aim of the event was to inform the scientific community about funding opportunities for research and training.

Amandine took part in the round table to share her recent experience of setting up a European project as coordinator. The rest of the event was devoted to various workshops.

Apr 26, 2024

First edition of the GreenChemAfrica training school !

First edition of the GreenChemAfrica training school !

From April, 21st to 26th, Florent Allais was part of the inaugural edition of the GreenChemAfrica held at Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) (Ben Guerir, Marocco). The objective of this training school is to enlighten, empower and engage young scientists and industry professionals in the fundamental principles of sustainability. The event was sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC).

It was an opportunity for our Director to present the Bazancourt-Pomacle biorefinery and more particularly URD ABI’s research activities.

Looking forward to the 2025 edition!

Mar 21, 2024

URD ABI participation at BIOKET 2024 in Reims

URD ABI participation at BIOKET 2024 in Reims

From March, 19th to 21st, researchers from URD ABI participated at BIOKET 2024 organized by B4C Cluster in Reims.

Florent Allais took part in the round table at Keynote «Innovation in Renewable Carbon-based Building Blocks: Biomass and CO2 Conversion» and presented our some of the major research projects conducted by our biotechnology, process engineering and green chemistry teams to develop sustainable processes and high value-added products from biomass.

Morad Chadni, Nabila Imatoukene and Etienne Diemer presented their promising results on «Production of p-hydroxycinnamic acids, antioxidant molecules of high industrial interest, by biomass extraction and fermentation» and «Beyond traditional extraction methods: innovation for caffeoylquinic acids extraction from forced chicory roots» respectively.

BIOKET 2024 was also a great opportunity for Kevin Magnien to meet current and potential future partners.

Mar 06, 2024

A new PhD supervisor at URD ABI!

A new PhD supervisor at URD ABI!

On Wednesday, March 6th, Dr. Sami Fadlallah successfully defended his « Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches » (HDR), granting him the authority to direct PhD students.

This new accreditation, awarded by Université Paris-Saclay, is a clear recognition of his dedication and contributions to the field of green polymer chemistry. His manuscript, titled « Des molécules plateformes aux matériaux durables : mon parcours dans la chimie verte des polymères », reflects years of research and expertise.

Congratulations Sami on this well-deserved achievement!

Mar 05, 2024

Florent Allais among The Bioeconomy 500 for 2024 - outstanding leaders of bioeconomy's development and deployment

Florent Allais among The Bioeconomy 500 for 2024 - outstanding leaders of bioeconomy's development and deployment

URD ABI's very proud to see its activities in bioeconomy recognized at the international level through the nomination of our director, Florent Allais, in the "The Bioeconomy 500 for 2024 - outstanding leaders of bioeconomy's development and deployment" list published in Jim Lane's The Daily Digest (biofueldigest.com), along with that of Philippe Aubry, CEO of ARD, another key player of the Bazancourt-Pomacle biorefinery.

Feb 27, 2024

URD ABI’s annual participation to the Paris International Agricultural Fair (SIA)

URD ABI’s annual participation to the Paris International Agricultural Fair (SIA)

On Tuesday, February 27th, URD ABI was at the « Paris International Agricultural Show » on the AgroParisTech booth to showcase its activities. Several examples of agricultural coproducts valorization were presented through a game to show the audience green alternatives to petroleum-based products.

Other workshops were organized by our colleagues from the Cosmetology Chair and Sayfood JRU.

A day full of encounters and exchanges! See you next year SIA!

Feb 22, 2024

Annual 2 week-stay of our director at Monash University

Annual 2 week-stay of our director at Monash University

Every year since 2016, apart from during the COVID crisis, Florent Allais has spent two weeks as Adjunct Professor in the BIOPRIA research unit (Director: Prof. Gil Garnier) at Monash University (Australia).

During these stays, Florent Allais exchanges with all PhD students (especially those he co-supervises), post-docs, scientists and professors on their research topics. It's also an opportunity for him to present the URD ABI's latest results and build new research projects.

This year, he has the opportunity not only to meet a new PhD student he is co-supervising, but also to take part in the submission of a new research project to the ARC.

Jan 23, 2024

Visiting University Mohamed VI Polytechnic (UM6P) and SUSMAT team

Visiting University Mohamed VI Polytechnic (UM6P) and SUSMAT team

We'd like to extend our thanks to Prof. Youssef Habibi, SUSMAT team's founder and leader, for inviting Prof. Florent Allais to visit UM6P campus and present our research activities.

Our director also had the opportunity to meet with UM6P's President and Vice-President to discuss a future partnership.

Stay tuned!

Jan 01, 2024

Happy New Year !

Happy New Year !

As we step into a new year, URD ABI - AgroParisTech's crew want to extend its deepest appreciation for the incredible collaboration and support we've shared. Your dedication and partnership have been instrumental in our shared success. May the coming year bring us new opportunities, shared achievements, and continued growth. Together, we can overcome challenges and reach new heights.

Thank you for your commitment and belief in our shared goals. Wishing you a Happy New Year filled with prosperity, fulfillment, and the joy of making a positive impact.

Looking forward to another year of fruitful collaboration!

Dec 15, 2023

ABI celebrated Christmas with a gift-stealing escape game and a great meal

ABI celebrated Christmas with a gift-stealing escape game and a great meal

The whole team was looking forward to discovering what was planned for the team building exercise by the mysterious TB team. We were not disappointed as Matthieu, Louis, Maxime, Fanny and Kévin prepared a great escape game for us: mysterious thieves stole the Christmas gifts and hid them in a room. We had to pass several tasks to get clues and find the presents. It was not that easy as impostors had infiltrated the teams and sabotaged the tasks... At the end, the impostors won the game, so they got to choose their gift before anybody else, but don’t worry, everyone got a present !

After this exciting game, we all gathered at the restaurant for a great meal.

Nov 02, 2023

The URD ABI honored at BIOVASA Congress 2023

The URD ABI honored at BIOVASA Congress 2023

The participation of URD ABI was notable at the 1st International Congress BIOVASA2023, organized by the UNESCO Chair "Plant Based Green and Sustainable Chemistry" and the Faculty of Sciences Semlalia at Cadi Ayyad University in Marrakech. Dr. Morad Chadni, team leader in process engineering, and Etienne Diemer, a doctoral student in process engineering at URD ABI, presented the innovative work of their team focused on the valorization of by-products from the agri-food industry. The congress, centered on biomass valorization, served as a platform to discuss green and sustainable chemistry practices and explore innovative ways of using biomass sustainably.

Researchers from URD ABI highlighted significant advances in the extraction of phenolic compounds (p-hydroxycinnamic acids) from different biomasses, thus contributing to sustainable development. Their participation strengthened the position of URD ABI as a key player in biomass valorization and sustainable research and development. The BIOVASA-2023 congress provided a dynamic platform for exchanging knowledge, presenting research results, and discovering cutting-edge technologies in the transformation of biomass into high-value-added products. Participants explored various aspects such as conversion technologies, biorefineries, biopolymers, and sustainable materials.

Oct 06, 2023

Kick-off meeting of the ANR-funded LAGOON project

Kick-off meeting of the ANR-funded LAGOON project

On Friday, October 6th, the partners met at the CEBB to officially launch the LAGOON project. This ANR-funded project aims at designing a new family of biobased UV filters starting from a cellulose-derived chemical platform.

To address this challenge, LAGOON gathers 4 academic partners - URCOM (Le Havre, France), Prof. V. Stavros' team (Warwick and Birmingham universities, UK), Prof. C. Corre's team (Warwick University, UK) and URD ABI - and a private partner, LVMH Research (France). We look forward to exciting scientific breakthrough!

Sep 29, 2023

Participation at the 2eme Journées de la Chimie Durable, SCF at Paris, France

Participation at the 2eme Journées de la Chimie Durable, SCF at Paris, France

Louis Mouterde was invited to the Journées de la Chimie Durable of the SCF (September 29th at the CNAM Paris, France) to present URD ABI's approach that combines green chemistry, biotechnologies and process engineering to valorize biomass and co-products.

It was a great opportunity and a privileged environment to exchange with SCF's members.

Sep 28, 2023

Participation at the IFIB in Florence, Italy

Participation at the IFIB in Florence, Italy

Mario Bonaccorso, organizer of the IFIB (Florence, 28-29 September 2023), invited Florent Allais to present the history of the Territoire d’Industrie Jacques de Bohan (aka Bazancourt-Pomacle biorefinery), as well as the activities of the industries and that of the CEBB.

A great opportunity to showcase URD ABI's research activities and meet new potential academic and industrial partners.

Sep 06, 2023

European Bioeconomy Scientific Forum 2023

European Bioeconomy Scientific Forum 2023

From September 6th to 8th, the European Bioeconomy Scientific Forum (EBSF) took place in Vienna.

It was organised on behalf of the European Bioeconomy University Alliance (EBU) and hosted by Universität für Bodenkultur Wien (BOKU). For this edition, the biannual event focused on the promotion of the transformation towards a sustainable bioeconomy. It gathered scientists, experts, policymakers, industry representatives, youth and other stakeholders from across Europe.

Three representatives of URD ABI were among AgroParisTech’s delegation and took the responsability of leading a workshop whose objective is to set up new collaborations for European research projects.

Aug 28, 2023

Best poster award at IUPAC/CHAINS2023

Best poster award at IUPAC/CHAINS2023

From August 20th to 25th, the city of The Hague welcomed the IUPAC/CHAINS2023. The conference brings together all disciplines of chemistry and a diverse audience of chemists from both academia and industry, and from all around the globe.

During the event, Beatriz Chicharo, PhD student in between Università Ca' Foscari Venezia and URD ABI-AgroParisTech, received the best poster award in the category of chemistry related to sustainability.

Well done Beatriz! Um grande bravo Beatriz!

Aug 12, 2023

Our Director’s annual research stay at University of Florida

Our Director’s annual research stay at University of Florida

Florent Allais spent a week at his alma mater campus (University of Florida) where he's had very fruitful discussions with colleagues from the Department of Chemistry, the Department of Medicinal Chemistry, the University of Florida International Center (Susanne Hill), as well as the IFAS Agronomy Department and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

They've reviewed the University of Florida/URD ABI – AgroParisTech Dual degree PhD program that has allowed 4 French students to spend 3 years at UF as part of their 5-year PhD program and get both the PhD from University of Florida and that from AgroParisTech. Very satisfied with the results of this program, we all are more than motivated to renew it with a new cohort of students! Let's find a way to make it happen.

Being a new hosting institution of the NSF-funded REU program, URD ABI – AgroParisTech has been very happy to welcome two students. Next year, we shall be able to not only host new US-REU students, but also to send AgroParisTech students at the University of Florida. Stay tuned for the application call (September).

Building on the two above successful initiatives between the Department of Chemistry and URD ABI, we've decided to work on expanding further this collaboration the IFAS Agronomy Department and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences… to be continued in the next episode!

In summary, a short but very productive stay under the Florida sun.

Jul 07, 2023 Jul 04, 2023

Plenary lecture at ICP2023 in Nantes, France

Plenary lecture at ICP2023 in Nantes, France

Many thanks to Sylvain Guyot (from INRAE) and the scientific committee of GROUPE POLYPHENOLS for having given Florent Allais the opportunity to present a plenary lecture on "Sustainable production and modification of p-hydroxycinnamic acids: an access to valuable biobased functional additives and materials" during the XXXI International Conference on Polyphenols (ICP2023) that was held in Nantes, France (July, 4th 2023).

A great opportunity to talk about the Bazancourt-Pomacle biorefinery, the European Center for Biotechnology and Bioeconomy's and URD ABI - AgroParisTech's research activities, but also to catch-up with colleagues!