BEACON scientists attend Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels & Chemicals in Baltimore, USA

Dr Sreenivas Rao Ravella, Dr Ana Winters and Anna Suchy attended the 38th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels & Chemicals, from 25 – 28 April 2016, in Baltimore, USA.  The Symposium was organised by the Society for Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology (SIMB). The Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals has become one of SIMB’s major scientific meetings, and attracted participants from about 33 countries (467 registered participants), including delegates from university, industry, governmental and non-governmental organizations and venture capital providers, presenting their views on industrial bio-technology and sustainable (green) chemistry. The presentations were really interesting, especially recent developments in pre-treatment, fermentations, scale-up processes in the industrial biotechnology and bio-refining sector, and current advances in second generation cellulosic technologies.

Dr Sreenivas Rao Ravella presented a paper on ‘Optimization of pilot process for production of fermentable sugars and oligomers from grass fibre’, and received the Society for Applied Microbiology (SFAM) President’s Fund Grant to support his travel to Baltimore. He also visited the University of Florida to develop collaborative programmes. Anna Suchy presented her work on ‘Comparative study of lignins from grass, residual cereal biomass and wood for conversion to biopolymers’ and ‘Effect of steam explosion on the extraction of lignins from grass, residual cereal biomass and wood for the production of high-value products. (Climate KIC funded ADMIT BIO-SUCCINNOVATE project).