Workshop #1: Upstream purification and concentration of hemicellulosic streams

Location:University of Oulu, Meeting room YT116, Street address: Erkki Koiso-Kanttilan katu 1, 90570 Oulu, Finland
Date: 16 November 2022
Meeting type: In person workshop, morning session keynotes are also available online

The first workshop on “Upstream purification and concentration of hemicellulosic streams”  is part of the BioSPRINT Training education and capacity building programme.

It aims to bring together experts from the field of chemical engineering to exchange knowledge about the intensification of sugar purification and concentration of hemicellulosic streams. Experts from different fields of interest will discuss challenges and opportunities coming with the application of PI (process intensification) technologies in a biorefinery environment. Short expert keynotes will overview PI technologies in BioSPRINT, showcase outside the BioSPRINT project and give insides in the role of modelling and simulation and stream analysis. The presentations build the basis for table discussion rounds with stakeholders and experts from chemical engineering industry and science.

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 We are looking forward to welcoming you!

Timetable (EET) Speakers
Welcome & Opening
  • Riita Keiski, UOULU

Key note #1: Intensification of sugar purification and concentration: Show cases withing the BioSPRINT project

  • Kamelia Boodhoo, UNEW: Introduction to Process Intensification and its potential for upstream purification in BioSPRINT
  • Hanna Valkama, UOULU: Membrane technologies in hemicellulose purification and water recovery 

Key note #2: Show cases outside the BioSPRINT

  • Juha Ahola, UOULU: Impurities in processing of biomass derived saccharides
  • Annu Rusanen, UOULU: Utilization of ultrasound pretreatment in biomass fractionation and recyclable catalysts in the production of platform chemicals
  • Vile Tuppurainen, UOULU: Computational solvent screening in early-stage conceptual process design activities: Furfural upgrading case study in the HemiProMo project

Key note #3: Role of modeling and simulation in process design

  • Juan Enriquez, ADSC: Computational fluid dynamics analysis and scale-up suggestions of the main intensification processes developed in BioSPRINT
  • Markku Ohenoja, UOULU: Dynamic modeling for the integrated process and control design
  • Mladen Crnomarkovic, MAT: Plant-wide modelling and analysis of the integrated bioreafinery 

Key note #4: Stream properties and their analysis

Round table discussion
  • Table 1: PI technologies and their challenges in biorefinery environment
  • Table 2: Process design and simulation
  • Table 3: Challenges with the heterogeneous biorefinery streams
  • Table 4: PI potential in solvent and water recovery