BIOFOR 2020 - Thursday February 6

8:30 - 10:00

Research Advancement & Innovation: Keynote & Technical session

Room: Square Dorchester
Session Chair: Olumoye Ajao, CanmetENERGY, Natural Resources Canada

8:30 "TMP-Bio technology for converting biomass to cellulosic sugar and lignin" Keynote Speaker: Changbin Mao, FPInnovations
9:30 "Prediction of wood quantity in forest supply chains using artificial intelligence methods", Ahmed Ragab, CanmetENERGY, Natural Resources Canada

10:00 - 10:30 / Networking in Innovation Alley

10:30 - 12:00

Research Advancement & Innovation: Technical session

Room: Square Dorchester

10:30 "Techno-economic perspective for integrated biorefineries: Impacts of mill bottlenecks and system boundaries", Bahador Bakhtiari, CanmetENERGY of Natural Resources Canada
10:55 "Valorization strategies on lignin via modifying its phenolic and aliphatic structures", Armin Eraghi Kazzaz, Lakehead University
11:15 "Steps towards scalable softwood kraft lignin transformation into useful products", Scott Renneckar, University of British Columbia
11:35 "Kraft lignin – a new bioproduct platform", Michael Paleologou, FPInnovations


Room: Place du Canada


13:15 - 13:30 / Coffee and Dessert in Tradeshow

13:30 - 15:00

Research Advancement & Innovation: Keynote & Technical session

Room: Crescent
Session Chair: TBA 

13:30 "Catalytic and Functional Materials for Green Energy", Keynote Speaker: Ali Seifitokaldani, McGill University
14:30 "Expression, Purification, and Characterization of a Catechol 2, 3 dioxygenase from Bacillus ligniniphilus", Peter Adewale, National Research Council Canada

15:00 - 15:30 / Networking in Innovation Alley

15:30 - 16:45

Student reflections & BIOFOR Wrap-up

Room: Crescent
Session Chair: TBA 

15:30 "Student reflections on advanced biomaterials", Group of Students
16:25 "Wrap-up: Key BIOFOR Outputs and announcement of BIOFOR 2021", Marzouk Benali, Conference Chair

About Us

PAPTAC is a Canadian-based non-profit organization, dedicated to improving the technical and professional capabilities of its members worldwide, and to the advancement of the pulp and paper industry.


For general information about the conference, including registration, please contact us at:

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  (514) 392-0265
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