Tuesday, 18 June, 12h00 at MSG-025, MSSI Building

Potential Contributions of Lignocellulosic Biorefineries for a Sustainable Future


The desire to have a more sustainable future, with lower emissions of carbon to the atmosphere, less dependency on oil, and a more appropriate reuse and valorization of wastes, has motivated society to change its habits and develop new processes for the production of compounds that meet its daily needs. Nowadays, the use of all the different components of lignocellulosic biomass for the production of valuable products in a biorefinery perspective has been considered as the most promising strategy to create new bio-based products and industries while contributing to a concept of zero waste, representing a key piece toward sustainability. Biorefining platforms are also important for achieving carbon emission reductions and due to the value that they bring to the overall vision of a green energy matrix that fosters economic growth. During this talk, potential opportunities and main challenges related to the development of lignocellulosic biorefineries will be presented. Recent studies on biomass conversion and biorefineries carried out at the Biomass Conversion and Bioprocess Technology group in DTU Biosustain will also be presented and discussed.


Dr Solange I. Mussatto is Head of the Research Group “Biomass Conversion and Bioprocess Technology” at the Technical University of Denmark, Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain). She holds a PhD in Industrial Biotechnology and has been working for over 20 years in the areas of Biomass Fractionation and Bioprocess Development. Her work consists of using chemical engineering and biotechnology tools to create innovative solutions that can accelerate the development of a bioeconomy with potential environmental, economic, and social benefits. Her group develops research in topics such as biomass pretreatment and hydrolysis, hydrolysate detoxification, fermentation and process optimization, evolutionary engineering of strains, downstream processing, biorefinery and techno-economic assessment. She has more than 470 publications including more than 140 full papers in high quality peer-reviewed journals, 1 book, and 3 patents. She is country representative in IEA Bioenergy Task 42 – Biorefining in a Future Bioeconomy, and is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Methods-X, Associate Editor of Biomass & Bioenergy and Brazilian Journal of Microbiology, and Advisory Editorial Board Member of Biofuel Research Journal.


Tea/coffee will be available at 11h45

For further information, please contact: luuk.vanderwielen@ul.ie