Damien BREILLY successfully passed his final defense on September, 15th 2022. For the last 3 years, Damien has worked in collaboration with the CHRYSO GROUP.
Congratulations to Dr. Damien BREILLY!
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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).
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.
AgroParisTech is now associate member of the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC).
The Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) is a non-profit organization set up in 2013 to represent the private sector in a Public-Private Partnership with the European Commission. It focuses on strenghtening the bio-based industries sector in Europe.
Between 2014 and 2020, BIC’s partnership with the EU was known as the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU). For the 2021-2030 period, the new partnership is called the Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking (CBE JU).
Thanks to this new status, AgroParisTech can have a privileged access to the work program before the official release and be invited to networking events. AgroParisTech has been represented by two members of URD ABI to attend the "BIC Matchmaking Event 2022" in May, 19th in Brussels. It was a good opportunity to meet other BIC members and initiate future European projects!
URD ABI was represented during the 13th International Symposium on Supercritical Fluids (ISSF), from May 15th to 18th. Our first work dealing with supercritical fluid extraction of rosmarinic acid from clary sage was presented through a poster. This Symposium was a wonderful introduction to the world of supercritical fluids. A post-event, organized by Innovation fluides supercritiques (IFS) gave an additional opportunity to visit our canadian partners and discuss with the supercritical fluids community. We came back with new ideas to further develop of our expertise concerning this topic.
Laurène Minsat and Célestin Bourgery, two of our graduate students, attended the ABIES PhD Days 2022 on April, 21st and 22nd 2022, in Paris. The theme of this year was “One Health”.These days have gathered more than a hundred graduate students.
Our two representatives presented their research work through poster communications. These days took place on a multidisciplinary environment supported by high scientific level and great quality oral presentations and posters, as well as fruitful informal discussions.
Check out our new interview (in French) of Kévin Magnien (URD ABI - AgroParisTech's Deputy Director and Business Development Manager) by Challenges where he talks about R&D activities URD ABI and one of the first hybrid model between public and private sectors.
"URD ABI is precursor of positive collaboration between academia, business worlds and public sectors."
Many thanks to our local authorities (Communauté urbaine du Grand Reims, Région Grand Est, Département de la Marne) which were able to make this possible!
April 3-7, 2022, Dr. Louis mouterde, and our graduate student Célestin Bourgery, attended the second ECI Microbial Engineering Conference in Albufeira, Portugal, bringing together leaders in synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, and fermentation technology, from industry and the academic community. Examples of applications included natural products, therapeutic proteins, vaccines and biosynthesis of a wide variety of organic chemicals.
It was an opportunity for our two representatives to present their research on a biotechnological strategy for the valorization of cellulose-derived Levoglucosenone, and the enzymatic synthesis and immobilization of coenzymes of interest with the example of NADP(H) and Coenzyme A. Several rich discussions and debates animated this week dedicated to the biotechnologies of today and tomorrow.
On March 2nd, the URD ABI was at the « Paris International Agricultural Show » on the AgroParisTech booth to talk about bioeconomy. Several examples of agricultural coproducts valorization were presented through a game to inform the audience about green alternatives to petroleum-based products. A special focus was also made on the AgriWasteValue Interreg project which is about valorization of coproducts from vine, apple and pear trees.
On January, 26th, as Lead Partner of the AgriWasteValue Interreg project, URD ABI participated to a round table during the Lipids & Cosmetic event in Bordeaux (26th-27th, Bordeaux, FR).
The round table focused on the structuration of an European production value chain of antioxidants sourced from agroforestry co-products: a biobased solution for protecting biobased lipids for 100% natural cosmetic product. URD ABI was represented by its Director, Prof. Florent ALLAIS, alongside two other partners of the project, CELABOR and Cosmetic Valley (also host of the event), respectively, represented by Sébastien CAJOT and Amandine GOUBERT.
This round table was also a good opportunity to directly discuss with representatives of major cosmetic companies and talk about how the project can meet both their expectations and those of consumers.
URD ABI’s Laurène MINSAT, PhD student, showcased her research on AgriWasteValue through a poster during the two-day event.
Valentin REUNGOAT successfully passed his final defense on January, 25th 2022. For the last 3 years, Valentin has worked on the « Development of a sustainable and industrializable process integrating extraction and purification techniques to obtain a secondary metabolite from agro-industrial byproducts » in collaboration with the Extractis company. Congratulations to Dr. Valentin REUNGOAT!
On January, 21st, Florent ALLAIS and Kévin MAGNIEN gave two presentations at the “Strategic Orientation Committee on Bioeconomy of Grand Est Region” co-organized by the European Center of Biotechnology and Bioeconomy (CEBB) and the Grand Est Region.
Florent and Kevin described two successful research projects, ANR SINAPUV and BBI FLAGSHIP Resolute, respectively, focusing on the skills involved, the scientific research program, the partnership, the byproducts produced and valorized, as well as the potential applications.
After having received the Frontiers in Chemistry 2020 Outstanding Associate Editors Award in the Green & sustainable chemistry section in 2020, Florent Allais, FRSC received the same award in Frontiers in Chemical Engineering for 2021!