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BEPS is pleased to announce that the 25th Anniversary meeting of the Bio-Environmental Polymer Society (BEPS) will be held August 15-17, 2018 at Rensselaer Polytechnic University (RPI) (Troy, New York). All lectures will be held at RPI’s Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS), a state-of-the-art building with a dedicated conference center.

BEPS2018 August 15-17, 2018 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Earlybird registration ends May1st.

Speakers list as of February 9, 2018 at BEPS2018

PLENARY LECTURES

Florent Allais (Director of the Chaire Agro-Biotechnologies Industrielles (ABI),

AgroParisTech, Reims, France) Chemo-enzymatic functionalization of lignicellulose-derived building blocks: access to sustainable additives, monomers and polymers.

George Guo-Qiang Chen (Tsinghua University Beijing, China) Next Generation Industrial Biotechnology for PHA Production

Amar K Mohanty (University of Guelph; ON, Canada) "Innovation and Commercialization of Biocarbon for Advanced Green Manufacturing"

Artur Manuel Cavaco Paulo (Universidade do Minho, Portugal) Polymer biocatalysis for pharma and cosmetics

Blake Simmons (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA); Solubilization and Upgrading of Polyethylene Terephthalate using a Bifunctional Ionic Liquid

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 (Conference Room Auditorium).

8:00am Continental Breakfast

8:45 am Introductory remarks

Welcome— Richard A. Gross, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Session I. Andreas Kuenkel, BASF, Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany

9:00 am 1. Blake Simmons, Division Director, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA. “Solubilization and Upgrading of Polyethylene Terephthalate using a Bifunctional Ionic Liquid

9:40 am 2.Amar K. Mohanty, University of Guelph; ON, Canada. “Innovation and Commercialization of Biocarbon for Advanced Green Manufacturing

10:20 am Coffee Break

10:40 am 3. Antonio J. Capezza (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden) Novel absorbent materials obtained from plant proteins.

11:10 am 4. John La Scala, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, USA. “Renewably Derived Photopolymers for Additive Manufacturing”

11:40 am 5. Ica Manas-Zloczower, Case Western Reserve University, Ohio, USA. “Design and formulation of biobased structural adhesives

12:10 pm lunch on your own

Session II-A. Processing/Manufacturing of Biobased Materials_Concurrent Session (Conference Room Auditorium).

Chair:Amar Mohanty, University of Guelph; ON, Canada

1:15 pm 6. Nandika D’Souza, CENG Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Regents Professor, University of North Texas, Denton, TX. “Sound and thermal insulation from fully biobased foam insulation using environmentally benign processing.”

1:45 pm 7. Tony Bova, CEO & Co-Founder, Grow Bioplastics, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. Development of Lignin-Based Biodegradable Plastic Alloys via Solvent Free Reactive Compounding and Extrusion

2:15 pm 8. Gregory Glenn, USDA-ARS, Bioproducts Research Unit, Albany, CA. “Rapid Molding Process of Starch/fiber Composites.”

2:45 pm Coffee Break

Chair: Gregory Glenn, USDA-ARS, Bioproducts Research Unit, Albany, CA.

3:05 pm 9. Kousuke Tsuchiya, RIKEN, Japan. “Enhancing mechanical property of silk materials by polypeptide additives.”

3:35 pm 10. Charlie Martin, Leistritz Extrusion, “Processing Developments to Compound and Devolatilize Bioplastic Formulations via Twin Screw Extrusion.

4:05 pm 11. Mikael Skrifvars, Textiles, Engineering and Business University of Borås Allegatan, Borås Sweden. “Development of all cellulose biocomposites by using ionic liquids and end-of-life textiles.”

Session II-B. Synthetic Biobased Polyesters_Concurrent Session (Conference Room Bruggerman).

Chair: Carmen Scholz, The University of Alabama in Huntsville, USA.

1:15 pm 12. Philip Mörbitz, Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology UMSICHT, Oberhausen, Germany. “Linear and Branched Polycaprolactone-block copolymers as non-migrating plasticizers for poly(lactic acid).

1:45 pm 13. Zhigang Wang, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui Province, China. “Synthesis of PLA-based biodegradable triblock copolymer elastomers with tunable mechanical properties.”

2:15 pm 14. Alessandro Pellis, University of York, Heslington, York, UK. “Chemo-enzymatic tools for the green synthesis of biobased polyesters.”

2:45 pm Coffee Break

Biobased Packaging Solutions

Chair.Amar Mohanty, University of Guelph; ON, Canada

3:05 pm 15. Manju Misra, University of Guelph; ON, Canada. “Sustainable Green Packaging: Global Transition towards a Circular Economy.

3:35 pm 16. Carmen G. Boeriu, Wageningen Food & Biobased Research, Wageningen, The Netherlands. “Design and biosynthesis of stimuli-responsive biopolymers.

4:05 pm 17. Qiang Liu, Guelph Research and Development Centre. “Development of plant protein-based bioplastic for food packaging material uses.”

4:35 pm Social-Appetizers, Horderves & Snacks wine and beer POSTER VIEWING

7:00 pm Dinner on your own

Thursday, August 16, 2018 (Conference Room Auditorium)

8:00 am Continental Breakfast

8:45 am Introductory remarks

Session III. Chair.Gregg Beckham, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, NREL, Golden, CO.

9:00 am 18. Florent Allais, Director of the Chaire Agro-Biotechnologies Industrielles (ABI), AgroParisTech, Reims, France. “Chemo-enzymatic functionalization of lignicellulose-derived building blocks: access to sustainable additives, monomers and polymers.”

9:40 am 19. George Guo-Qiang Chen, Tsinghua University Beijing, China. “Next Generation Industrial Biotechnology for PHA Production.

10:20 am Coffee Break

Chair: Sonja Salmon, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA

10:40 am 20. Artur Manuel Cavaco Paulo, Universidade do Minho, Portugal. “Polymer biocatalysis for pharma and cosmetics.

11:10 am 21. Gregg Beckham, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, NREL, Golden, CO. “New biopolymers from bacterial aromatic catabolism.”

11:40 am 22. Oliver Thum, Evonik Creavis GmbH, Marl, Germany. “Novel methods for biotechnological monomer production.

12:10 pm Lunch on your own

Session IV-A. Polymer Biocatalysis_Concurrent Session (Conference Room Auditorium).

Chair: Oliver Thum, Evonik Creavis GmbH, Marl, Germany.

1:15 pm 23. Kechun Zhang, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA. “Expanding the Repertoire of Biomaterials by Synthetic Biology.”

1:45 pm 24. Mattheos Koffas, Rensselaer Polytechnic University, Troy New York. “Recombinant Corynebacterium glutamicum for poly(g-glutamic acid) production.”

2:15 pm 25. Keiji Numata, RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science, Japan. “Enzymatic synthesis of structural protein-like polypeptides.

2:45 pm Coffee Break

Chair. Katrina Cornish, The Ohio State University, Wooster, OH

3:05 pm 26. Ken Singer, Case Western Reserve University, Ohio, USA. “Bio-based materials for opto-electronic applications..

3:35 pm 27. Adriana Kovalcik, Brno University of Technology, Brno, Czech Republic. “Properties of biogenic PHA membranes originated from Burkholderia cepacia, Burkholderia sacchari and Pseudomonas putida using grape pomace medium.”

4:05 pm 28. Carmen Scholz, The University of Alabama in Huntsville, USA. “Affinity chromatography based on poly(amino acids).”

4:35 pm Social-Appetizers, Horderves & Snacks wine and beer POSTER VIEWING

Session IV-B. Lignocellulose derived building blocks and Biomaterials_Concurrent Session (Conference Room Bruggerman).

Chair.Ica Manas-Zloczower, Case Western Reserve University, Ohio, USA

1:15 pm 29. Youssef Habibi. Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Luxembourg. “New biopolymers from renewable building blocks derived from low-molecular weight hemicelluloses.”

1:45 pm 30. Philippe Dubois, UMONS, Mons, Belgium. “Biobased benzoxazines as new building blocks for high performance thermosetting resins”

2:15 pm 31. Joe Stanzione. Rowan University, Gloucester County, New Jersey, USA. “TTaking Advantage of Nature’s Building Blocks for the Advancement of Bio-Based Polymers and Composites.”

2:45 pm Coffee Break

Chair. Joe Stanzione. Rowan University, Gloucester County, New Jersey, USA

3:05 pm 32. Jinwen Zhang. Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA. “Manipulating the modification method of lignin for diverse applications.

3:35 pm 33. Kelechukwu N. Onwukamike. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe, Germany; Université de Bordeaux, France. “Sustainable Cellulose Solubilization and Derivatization in a DBU/CO2 Switchable Solvent.

4:05 pm 34. Jin Zhu. Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ningbo, China. “Research progress on furan based polymers.

4:35 pm 35. Tuan Liu. Washington State University, Pullman, WA. “bio-based vitrimers and their applications for coatings and adhesives.”

5:05 pm Social-Appetizers, Horderves & Snacks wine and beer POSTER VIEWING

6:30 pm Symposium Dinner

Friday, August 17, 2017 (Conference Room Auditorium)

7:45 am Continental Breakfast

8:15 am Introductory remarks

Session V. Chair:Artur Manuel Cavaco Paulo, Universidade do Minho, Portugal

8:30 am 36. Brent M. Peyton, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, USA. “biogenic thermostable polymers and polymer transforming enzymes.

9:10 am 37. Katrina Cornish, The Ohio State University, Wooster, OH. " Natural rubber, rubbery bioplastics, and waste-derived reinforcing fillers.”

9:50 am Coffee Break

Chair: Jinwen Zhang. Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA.

10:10 am 38. George John, The City College of New York, USA. " Bio-Derived Molecular Materials: Ability to Adapt, Clean, Edible and Therapeutic.”

10:40 am 39. Open Lecture

11:10 am 40. Florian Graichen, Scion, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. " Advanced Biobased Products - combining sustainability with performance.”

11:40 am 41. Kaichang Li, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA. "Development and commercialization of vegetable oil-based pressure sensitive adhesives.”

12:10 pm Lunch on your own

Session VI-A. Biofibers_Concurrent Session (Conference Room Auditorium)

Chair: Youssef Habibi. Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Luxembourg

1:15 pm 42. Yulin Deng, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA, USA. “Novel nanocellulose materials: aerogels, filament and their surface modification.”

1:45 pm 43. Hai Haham, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA. “The role of nanocrystalline cellulose in biobased polymeric films and foams.

2:15 pm 44. David Grewell, Iowa State University. “Fully biobased insect repellant PLA fabrics.

2:45 pm Coffee Break

Chair: Yulin Deng, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA, USA.

3:05 pm 45. Long Jiang, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND. “Rubber nanocomposites reinforced by cellulose nanofibers.

3:35 pm 46. Francesco Branda, University “Federico II” of Napoli, P.le Tecchio 80, Naples, Italy. “Silica Coated Hemp Fabrics and Microfibers through an Ecofriendly Process.

4:05 pm 47. Srikanth Pilla, Clemson University, Greenville, SC, USA “Cellulose nanocrystal reinforced PHBV nanocomposites prepared by melt extrusion: A comparison of coupling agent and in-situ grafting strategies.

4:35 pm Hyun-Joong Kim (Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea) Fabrication of Electrical Conductivity and Transparency of BC-based Nanocellulose

5:05 pm Symposium Ends

Session VI-B. Biodegradability, Recycling and Related Socio-Technical Aspects_

Concurrent Session (Conference Room Bruggerman)

Chair: Florian Graichen, Scion, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

1:15 pm 48. Andreas Kuenkel, BASF, Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany. “Fundamental understanding of biodegradability.”

1:45 pm 49. Christopher Barrett, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. “) Light-responsive polymers as photo-reversible soft-bonding materials.

2:15 pm 50. John van Leeuwen, EcoSynthetix Inc. “Biomaterials, Sustainability and Global Warming: An entrepreneur’s perspective after 20 years in the trenches.

2:45 pm Coffee Break

Chair: Richard A. Gross, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York

3:05 pm 51. Alison Flynn, Omnis Mineral Technologies, Santa Barbara, CA. “Use/abuse of degradable plastics in agriculture.

3:35 pm 52. Ramani Narayan , Michigan State University, E. Lansing, MI, USA. “Plastics biodegradability “fake news”– the case against misleading plastics biodegradability claims in literature and market place – an interactive conversation with attendees.

4:05 pm Symposium Adjourns

Poster Presentations:

P1. Carmen G. Boeriu (Wageningen Food & Biobased Research, Wageningen, The Netherlands) : Water-soluble chitosan derivatives and pH-responsive hydrogels by selective C-6 chemoenzymatic modification

P2. Tristan Borchers (McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada) Developing 'Soft-Bonded' Composite Materials from Hydrophilic Polymers and Dyes.

P3. Kayrel Edwards (McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada) Preparing Hydrogen-Bonded Photo-Reversible Polymer Materials.

P4. Choon Pin Foong and Keiji Numata (RIKEN, Japan) Synthetic Spider Silk Protein Synthesized by a New Photosynthetic Microbial Cell Factory

P5. Robert Centore and Richard A. Gross (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy New York) Protease catalyzed peptide synthesis: improving control of peptide structure.

P6. Xue Wang and Richard Gross (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York) Biobased Epoxy resins from levulinic acid.

P7. Fei Liu and Richard A. Gross (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York) Ultra-thin Bacterial Cellulose films: Synthesis and applications.

P8.Amanda Koh and Richard A. Gross (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York) Modified Sophorolipids: Interfacial properties and emulsification of model oils

P9.Fei Liuand Richard A. Gross (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York) Antimicrobial properties of Modified Sophorolipids

P10.Danielle Froio-Blumsack (Food Protection and Innovative Packaging Team, Natick Army Research Center, Natick, MA) A Study of Biocomposites for Flexible Packaging Applications

P11. Chetan Tambe (Cardolite Corporation, Monmouth Junction, NJ, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI) New polymer building blocks from Cashew Nut Shell Liquid (CNSL)

P12. Sayli Bote (Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI; Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI) Biobased Polyurethane Foams from Soybean for Automotive Applications

P13. Preetam Giri (Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI; Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI) Polylactide and Natural Fiber Based Long-Fiber Thermoplastics (LFTs) for automotive interior applications

P14. Petra Matouskova (Brno University of Technology, Brno, Czech Republic) Preparation and application of functionalized nanofibers from poly(3-hydroxybutyrate).

P15. De-Fu Li (Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064, China) “A Tough and flame Retardant Poly(lactic acid) Composite Prepared Via Reactive Blending with Biobased Ammonium Phytate and In-Situ Formed Crosslinked Polyurethane”

P16.Zhuoyuan Ning, Kening Lang, Robert Centore, and Richard A. Gross (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York) Lipase-catalyzed synthesis of functional hyperbranched polyol–polyesters and their applications

P17.Ilabahen Patel, Jeremiah Woodcock, Jo Anne Shatkin, Ryan Beams, Stephan Stranick, Jeffrey Gilman, Douglas Fox (National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD) Fluorescent cellulose nanomaterial: Preparation, characterization and application

P18.Cecily Ryan (Montana State University, Bozeman, MT) Processing-performance relationships for PHA composites with locally sourced biobased fibers and fillers

P19.Yutaka Tokiwa (1National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Osaka, Japan) Chemical Synthesis and Biodegradation of Poly-(R)-hydroxybutyrate and its copolymers using fermented (R)-3-hydroxybutyric acid.


Lodging Information

Recommended Conference Hotels follow. Please note that group blocks are only guaranteed until July 16, 2018. If you intend to make a reservation using the group code, please do so before then.

  • Hilton Garden Inn Troy, 235 Hoosick Street, Troy, NY, 12180, USA, Tel: +1-518-272-1700 Just 15 minutes from Albany International Airport. Dining at the Garden Grille & Bar and Recovery Sports Grill. Complimentary shuttle to and from Albany International Airport and the University. Complimentary Wi-Fi and 24-hour business center Fitness center and indoor pool. Please use this link to reserve your room using our group code (BIOR).
  • Best Western Plus Franklin Square Inn Troy/Albany, One Fourth Street, Troy, NY, 12180, USA, Tel: +1 518-274-8800 Just 15 minutes from Albany International Airport and 0.4 miles from RPI and at the center of historic downtown Troy in walking distance to restaurants and Troy night life. Complimentary full breakfast. Indoor pool and exercise facility 24-hour. Free Wi-Fi available in public areas and all guest rooms. Business center. Please use this link to reserve your room using our group code (V87FS4G3).

Travel Information

  • Albany International Airport (ALB): Albany International Airport is located approximately 20 minutes from Rensselaer and offers service from a number of different airlines. Taxi service from the airport to Rensselaer is about $20-25.

  • Albany Bus Terminal: Greyhound Bus and Adirondack Trailways serve most of the state with express and local buses. The Albany Bus Terminal is located at 34 Hamilton St. Taxi service from the bus station to Rensselaer is about $20.

  • Albany-Rensselaer Train Station: Amtrak serves most cities of the state. The train stop serving Albany/Troy is the Albany-Rensselaer station, located directly across the Hudson River from Albany. Taxi service from the train station to Rensselaer is about $20.

  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR): Since there are limited flights to Albany International Airport and no direct flights from international airports, another option is to fly in Newark International Airport. If you rent a car, the drive to Conference hotels and RPI is about 2 hours and 50 minutes. You can also get from Newark Airport to RPI via Amtrak (Newark Liberty Airport Amtrak) that travels to Penn Station where you transfer to an Amtrak train that goes to RPI (about 2 hours and 30 minutes, about $45 USD if you book in advance (a couple of weeks).

  • You don’t need a car! Shuttle service from hotels will be available. If you do choose to rent a car, campus parking is available. Further information on campus parking will be provided closer to the conference date. Also, don’t forget about ridesharing services!

If You Are Interested In Presenting:

ABSTRACTS: Present your research at the premier international conference dedicated to the growth and innovation of biopolymers. Papers are only being solicited for the Poster Session now. The Oral Sessions are full.

Abstract Format: The text should be single-spaced with 1” margins all around, and should be saved as MS Word or rich text format. The title should appear in bold capital letters, centered at the top of the page. The names and affiliations of all authors should be listed below the title, with the name of the presenting author underlined. The abstract should be sufficiently self-contained to be a useful future reference. Abstracts may contain a figure, graph or table but keep length to one page.

Please email submissions along with your affiliation to:

RICHARD A. GROSS, Ph.D
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
Department of Chemistry and Biology
Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies, Constellation Chair
4005B BioTechnology Bldg
110 8th Street
Troy, NY, 12180
PHONE: 518-276-3734
FAX: 518-276-3405
E-MAIL: grossr@rpi.edu
http://homepages.rpi.edu/~grossr/index.htm


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