Under RESEARCH ADVANCEMENT & INNOVATION, universities, engineering companies, research organizations and industries will provide participants with in-depth updates through technical presentations.
Pilot and demonstration projects along with pre-commercial samples of novel bio-based products will corroborate the level of research advancements and the latest innovations.
The audience will have the opportunity to learn from these experiences and exchange ideas with speakers and peers.

Research Advancement & Innovation Program
Room: Square Dorchester
Wednesday, February 6
Session 1
8:30 - 10:00

Session Chair: Dr. Marzouk Benali, Natural Resources Canada
“Cellulose Goes Digital"
Jussi Manninen, Vice President, Solutions for Natural Resources and Environment, VTT, Finland
''Principles of recycling deep eutectic solvents (DES): Case choline chloride - boric acid in wood delignification''
Eemeli Hytönen, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.
Session 2
10:30 - 12:00

Session Chair: Minh Tan Ton-That , National Research Council, Canada
Panel 2: Advanced Biomaterials and Nanomaterials
This panel will walk us though the most important progress made in science and technology of bio-based materials and nanomaterials in the last decade. The panel will also address the issues and challenges associated with entering new markets and a competitive time-to-market. How best to address the policy challenges emerging from this in the interests of assisting the development of a new markets for the forest industry?

Heli Kangas, VTT, Finland
Julien Bras, Grenoble Institute of Technology, France
Sebastien Corbeil, CelluForce, Canada
Other panelists TBA
Session 3
13:30 - 15:00

Session Chair: Prof. Lew Christopher, Lakehead University, Canada
''Chemical functionalization of nanocelluloses: Key innovative approaches''
Julien Bras, Grenoble Institute of Technology, France
''New insights in the valorization of pulping black liquor components''
Youssef Habibi, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), Luxembourg
Session 4
15:30 - 17:35

Session Chair: Prof. Lew Christopher, Lakehead University, Canada
''Furfural production with lignin recovery in a dissolving pulp mill: techno-economic evaluation of alternative process designs''
Olumoye Ajao, NRCan/CanmetENERGY, Canada
''Fungal bioconversion of triterpenoids''
Narimene Fradj, UQTR, Canada
''Environmental strategic evaluation and planning for your biorefinery: Fast pyrolysis case study''
Stéphanie Jean, Polytechnique Montréal, Canada
''Potential of Pyrolysis Process and encapsulation on the stabilization of heavy metals in charcoal''
Mouna Gmar, UQAT, Canada
''Bioconversion of Primary Sludge to Fermentable Sugars for Biofuel Applications''
Vasudeo Zambare, Lakehead University, Canada
Thursday, February 7
Session 5
8:30 - 10:00

Session Chair: Prof. Mariya Marinova, Royal Military College, Canada
"Artificial Intelligence in Support of Lignin Chemistry and Applications"
Simon Levesque, Mathieu Germain, UQTR, Canada
''Cellulose nanofibrils: adapting nature’s building block for advanced structure and functionality''
Feng Jiang, University of British Columbia
Session 6
10:30 - 12:00

Session Chair: Prof. Mariya Marinova, Royal Military College, Canada
“Integrated gasification platform for the production of renewable drop-in fuels from forest residues: Key performance indicators"
Olumoye Ajao, NRCan/CanmetENERGY, Canada
''Activated biochar made from wood residues for environmental applications and energy storage''
Flavia Lega Braghiroli, IRF/UQAT, Canada
''Biomass: A Promising Opportunity to Decarbonize Industrial Processes''
Bahador Bakhtiari, NRCan/CanmetENERGY, Canada
''Minimizing spatial dispersion of forest harvest areas using spectral clustering and set covering modelling''
Azadeh Mobtaker, ETS, Canada
Session 7
13:30 - 15:00

Session Chair: Dr. Olumoye Ajao, Natural Resources Canada
''New biobased materials from cellulose''
Dan Belosinschi, Innofibre, Canada
''Biocomposites using barks after extraction of tannin and lignin''
Hongbo Li, Natural Resource Council, Canada
''An eco-friendly and a facile route for production of nanolignin from bagasse soda black liquor:
Optimization and characterization''
Seyed Rahman Djafari Petroudy, Shahid Beheshti University, Iran
Student reflections on why the bioeconomy continues to rise, and with which means and in which directions the circular bioeconomy should go.
Group of students
Session 8
15:30 - 16:30

Wrap-up: Key BIOFOR Outputs and announcement of BIOFOR 2020
Marzouk Benali, Conference Chair
End of session