Communications

Dec 02, 2022

URD ABI's on the news in France Urbaine magazine

URD ABI's on the news in France Urbaine magazine

Florent Allais was interviewed by France Urbaine's journalist to explain how URD ABI contributes to the the economic development of the Grand Reims (as well as Grand Est) territory through its research activities.

Nov 23, 2022

GDR Cosm'actifs symposium in Reims

GDR Cosm'actifs symposium in Reims

On November 22nd & 23rd, URD ABI attended the GDR Cosm’actifs symposium in Reims with oral communications from Floriane Rischard on the latest results regarding biosourced polyfunctional new emollients from her thesis, Irina Ioannou on the impact of extraction on cosmetic properties and Matthieu Mention on the synthesis of polyfunctional conservatives from biosourced building blocks and extracts.

Nov 16, 2022

EBU Label Transnational Meeting in Paris

EBU Label Transnational Meeting in Paris

AgroParisTech (Marine Godaux, Elodie Popenda, Emerica Chenal, Benoit GABRIELLE) and URD ABI - AgroParisTech (Clémence Rotolo, Florent Allais, FRSC) are delighted to welcome EBU label Erasmus project partners at Cité Internationale Universitaire of Paris for our transnational meeting.

On the agenda: next Journey in Reims at the European Center for Biotechnology and Bioeconomy (June, 12th-16th 2023), online training platform v2.0, recruitment of 2nd cohort (stay tuned!)... and future of the label.

Nov 10, 2022

Laurène MINSAT successfully defended her PhD thesis!

Laurène MINSAT successfully defended her PhD thesis!

Congratulations to Laurène Minsat who successfully passed her final defense today!

Many thanks to her committee members (Marie-Christine Scherrmann, Sylvie Michel, Anne Zaparucha, Job Tchoumtchoua, and Cédric PEYROT) for having judged Laurène's work.

Well done Dr Minsat!

Nov 07, 2022

Participation of URD ABI at the SFGP 2022 Congress in Toulouse

Participation of URD ABI at the SFGP 2022 Congress in Toulouse

From November 7th to 10th, URD ABI attended the SFGP 2022 Congress organized by The Société Française de Génie des Procédés, in Toulouse. This year's theme was « Science and technological solutions for the transition ». It was an opportunity for members of the process engineering community (academic, industrial) to discuss many topics such as the extraction of biomolecules, modelling, the thermodynamics of processes, membrane separation, …

Two members of our unit had the opportunity to present their research work through oral communications on the Optimization of the CO2 extraction of rosmaric acid from clary sage (Emilie Isidore) and on the Application physical pre-treatments for the extraction and separation of sinapine from mustard bran (Morad Chadni). Gaëlle Willig and Etienne Diemer presented their work in the form of posters.

Congratulations to Etienne Diemer who won the SFGP 2022 poster prize, on the Optimization of the extraction of caffeoylquinic acids by RSM from forced endive roots !

Nov 03, 2022

URD ABI participation at "START&UP" day

URD ABI participation at

On November, 3rd, Kévin Magnien, deputy director and business development manager at URD ABI, talked at the « Le Grand Reims, un territoire à la point de la bioéconomie » roundtable organized by Innovact.

Kévin presented CEBB’s and ABI’s research work on the valorization byproducts into high added value molecules, biomaterials and bioenergy in collaboration with two start-ups: (1) Alternative Innovation on the substitution of petroleum-based plastics in leather company, and (2) TMA Process on the biologic methanation (METHAGRID project).

Oct 27, 2022 Oct 24, 2022

AgriWasteValue project wrap-up!

AgriWasteValue project wrap-up!

After 4 years of fruitful transnational cooperation, the Interreg NWE AgriWasteValue project has officially ended on October, 24th. Led by URD ABI, the project has successfully created a new value chain to valorise agricultural residues in North-West Europe (from vine, pear and apple pruning) for the cosmetic, nutraceutical, chemical, energy and agriculture sectors.

In a few key figures, AgriWasteValue is: 1) 26 varieties of residues explored: 11 vines, 10 apple trees and 5 pear trees 2) 1 492 432 estimated tonnes of vine prunings and 340 493 estimated tonnes of apple and pear prunings available in the North-West Europe area 3) 20 new molecules identified 4) 3 extracts with promising antioxidant, anti-ageing and anti-tyrosinase properties

URB ABI would like to thank all the project partners and also all the academics and industrials interested in this project. Off to some new projects!

Oct 11, 2022

General Assembly of the BBI Flagship ReSolute Project (October, 11th - 12th)

General Assembly of the BBI Flagship ReSolute Project (October, 11<sup>th</sup> - 12<sup>th</sup>)

URD ABI - AgroParisTech, and more particularly Florent Allais, Clémence Rotolo, Kévin Amrani, Louis Mouterde and Kévin Magnien, were very happy to welcome their partners in the European Center for Biotechnology and Bioeconomy for the General Assembly of the BBI Flagship ReSolute Project (October, 11th - 12th)!

That was a great opportunity for Kévin Amrani and Louis Mouterde to present their work on the scale up of the enzymatic production of the green solvent Cyrene!

The ReSolute project will scale a unique process to create an entirely new value chain. It will use cellulosic biomass to produce the platform molecule levoglucosenone (LGO) and its derivative Cyrene™, a safe and high performing biosolvent, and convert waste by-products for beneficial utilisation. The project gather 11 partners: Circa Group, Bioeconomy For Change (ex-IAR), Merck, PNO Consultants, University of York, Huntsman Corporation, Vitis Regulatory, Talga Group, Will & Co B.V., Coal Products Limited, AgroParisTech

Oct 04, 2022

The AgriWasteValue final event hosted by NutrEvent

The AgriWasteValue final event hosted by NutrEvent

The AgriWasteValue final event has been held in October, 4th 2022 during the NutrEvent edition organized in Nantes (October, 4th-5th). The partners showcased the results of this four-year project which will officially end later this month.

Laurène MINSAT, graduate student at URD ABI working on AgriWasteValue, presented her results on enzymatic modifications of natural extracts to produce new valuable bioactive molecules for cosmetic applications.

The URD ABI team, the lead partner of the project, was present on the project’s booth to answer questions from the audience. If you want to know more about the project’s results, have a look on the project website where you can find several case studies (for Cosmetic, Nutraceutic, Chemical, Energy and Fertilizer applications) and very soon videos of the results !

NutrEvent is the European leading partnering event dedicated to innovation in Food, Feed, Nutrition and Health. This year, the event gathered around 500 international players.

Sep 15, 2022 Sep 09, 2022

76th edition of the Châlons-en-Champagne Fair

76<sup>th</sup> edition of the Châlons-en-Champagne Fair

From September 2 to 12, 2022, the 76th edition of the Châlons-en-Champagne Fair took place. During this fair, URD ABI's scientists have participated at several events.

The URD ABI and the CentraleSupélec Biotechnology Chair were present on the stand of the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne to make visitors aware of recoverable co-products and their applications. Some biomaterials and biosourced chemicals designed by CEBB scientists, as well as the different actors present at the Pomacle-Bazancourt biorefinery with their interactions and synergies, were showcased to the public. This awareness was raised through various games in which many visitors/future partners participated.

During the Fair, Florent Allais, Director of URD ABI and President of the CEBB, signed the renewal of the agreement between the CEBB and Planet A (an initiative created on the basis of one objective that holds out a promise: to accelerate the agricultural revolution by developing the transfer and share of knowledge, by smoothing exchanges and by creating the conditions of an innovation useful for Humans).

Florent Allais also presented the proposals made during the workshop "How to support the development of biosourced products in the Grand Est?" » organized within the "Bioeconomy" day organized by the Grand Est.

Sep 06, 2022

ABI was at the 9th IUPAC International Conference on Green Chemistry (9th ICGC)

ABI was at the 9th IUPAC International Conference on Green Chemistry (9th ICGC)

Dr. Sami Fadlallah attended and gave an oral presentation at the 9th IUPAC International Conference on Green Chemistry (9th ICGC), held September 5-9 in Athens, Greece. The importance of rethinking biobased monomers and polymers was discussed. In addition, one of the main messages delivered by this presentation was the following, “Green Polymer Chemistry not only deals with the production of renewable alternatives to petrochemical commodity polymers, it is also a truly sustainable chain that starts with the safe design of the mighty (macro)monomer, goes through efficient polymerization process, and ends with biodegradable materials.”

Aug 24, 2022

Showcasing URD ABI's results on levoglucosenone-based monomers and polymers at the 2022 Fall ACS National Meeting in Chicago

Showcasing URD ABI's results on levoglucosenone-based monomers and polymers at the 2022 Fall ACS National Meeting in Chicago

Florent Allais has been invited by H.N. Cheng and R. A. Gross, the two chairs, to present URD ABI's results on the design and synthesis of levoglucosenone-based monomers and polymers in the "Green Polymer Chemistry and Sustainability" symposium at the 2022 Fall ACS National Meeting in Chicago, IL. He also had the great honor to co-chair, with Prof. Karen L. Wooley from Texas A&M, the "Green Polymer Chemistry and Sustainability: Carbohydrates and Derivatives" session.

It was also a great opportunity to visit the brand new research team and lab of Dr. Ezinne Achinivu, a former Fulbright-Grand Est post-doc fellow at URD ABI.

Jul 18, 2022

IFS days annual meeting

IFS days annual meeting

Innovation Fluides Supercritiques (IFS) is an association promoting supercritical fluids. Its network gathers the French academic and industrial players working on supercritical fluids. URD ABI presented its research dealing with supercritical carbon dioxide extraction during IFS days, on July 18th and 19th, in Aix-en-Provence. This event was a great opportunity to discuss with academic labs, industrial companies and equipment manufacturers.

Jul 02, 2022

ChestNut Meeting

ChestNut Meeting

ChestNut valorizes co-products from fruit trees through extraction, for cosmetic industry.

Two members of URD ABI’s Process Engineering team visited Chestnut lab to discuss our shared projects. We are very proud of our 2-years partnership that resulted in 2 projects and a common article. Stay tuned for new projects!

Jun 29, 2022

ABI was at the Biocatalysis for the biological transformation of polymer science conference in Kôln

ABI was at the Biocatalysis for the biological transformation of polymer science conference in Kôln

Many thanks to the organizing committee for inviting Florent Allais (ABI's director) to present our activities on biocatalysis applied to polymers during the Biocatalysis for the biological transformation of polymer science organized by the European Federation of Biotechnology (EFB) in Köln (Germany). This was a great occasion to showcase our work on lignin-derived bisphenol A alternatives, shape-memory elastomeric PLA blend as well as Levoglucosenone-derived monomers, polymers and solvent.

Jun 28, 2022

ABI was at the meeting on Upcycling organized by PAI Club (People for food Additives & Ingredients)

ABI was at the meeting on Upcycling organized by PAI Club (People for food Additives & Ingredients)

Kévin Magnien ( URD ABI - AgroParisTech's Deputy Director and Business Development Manager) talked at the meeting on Upcycling organized by PAI Club (People for food Additives & Ingredients) on Tuesday, 28th June about our R&D activities on valorization of byproducts such as the Resolute Project , the valorization of mustard bran into anti-UV molecules, the valorization of olive cake, the Boostcrop Project, as well as the valorization of chicory byproducts into dyes.

Jun 15, 2022

AgriWasteValue Partners’ Meeting

AgriWasteValue Partners’ Meeting

On June, 15th, all the partners involved in the AgriWasteValue Interreg NWE project held a meeting at PFI’s facilities in Germany. Partners presented their last ongoing activities and planned all the remaining work to implement and complete by October, 24th, the official end of the project.

The consortium will have two more opportunities to meet again by the end of the project. The first one, at NutrEvent (October, 4th) for the closing event during which results will be showcased. The second and last event, during Cosmetic 360 (October, 12th-13rd).

May 23, 2022

International Symposium on Green Chemistry (ISGC 2022) in La Rochelle (France)

International Symposium on Green Chemistry (ISGC 2022) in La Rochelle (France)

From May 16th to 20th, URD ABI attended the International Symposium on Green Chemistry (ISGC 2022) in La Rochelle, bringing together the industrial and academic communities to exchange on sustainable chemistry. It has been a great opportunity for us to showcase URD ABI’s diverse fields of interest through nine oral communications and two posters, from our graduate students (Laurène Minsat, Floriane Rischard and Damien Breilly), post-doctoral fellows (Dr. Benjamin Rioux and Dr. Julien Vinet), engineers (Gaëlle Willig, Fanny Brunissen and Matthieu Mention) and research scientists (Dr. Amandine Flourat, Dr. Louis Mouterde and Dr. Antoine Gallos). From high added value molecules for cosmetics to sustainable materials, through green extraction and purification, this week was rich in discussions and debates on research and innovation.