Innovation for Sustainable Production - Bruges 18-21 April 2010

2. Sustainable Chemistry - Ludo Diels

Key note lecture
Sigurd Buchholz Sigurd Buchholz

Bayer Technology Services GmbH
E-mail: sigurd.buchholz@bayertechnology.com

Dr. Sigurd Buchholz graduated in chemistry and received a Ph.D. in the area of heterogeneous catalysis at the Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany.

He entered the Bayer AG in 1999 and is now a senior scientist at Bayer Technology Services GmbH (BTS) within in the Competence Center “Reaction Engineering and Catalysis”.

He has an excellent expertise in the field of reaction engineering and catalysis. He was leader of numerous process innovation and optimization projects in the fields of reaction engineering, heterogeneous catalysis for bulk chemicals, fine chemicals, nano materials and micro reaction technology.

He also leads a Bayer subgroup wide project and working group.
He is a member of the DECHEMA

Theme 1, session 1:
Biorefineries and biorenewables (From biomass to product)


Jacco Van Haveren

Wageningen Univesity, Wageningen UR/Food and Biobased Research
E-mail: jacco.vanhaveren@wur.nl

Dr. J. van Haveren obtained his Ph.D. degree, for a study on metal-ion complexation of carbohydrates, at the Technical University of Delft and worked as a post-doc at the University of Texas at Dallas.
He has been with Wageningen University & Research (WUR) centre for over sixteen years in several positions. He is co-author of more than 20 patent applications and numerous scientific publications.
He is currently Programme Manager Sustainable Chemistry at WUR/A&F. He is responsible for setting up both fundamental and applied research programmes, in close interaction with industry, in the field of organic & polymer chemistry with a focus on exploring the possibilities to use renewable materials in polymer applications. He is co-applicant of several projects within the framework of the Dutch Polymer Institute (DPI) exploring the development of biobased polymers, including resins for engineering plastics and coatings. He also participates in various EU projects aiming at developing biobased polymers.
He is the Scientific Coordinator of the Dutch National programme on Biobased Performance Materials.
Moreover, in recent years he became involved in programmes aiming at developing catalytic routes towards biobased building blocks, e.g. the Dutch CATCHBIO programme (www.catchbio.com). These building blocks will be the basis of the future’s biobased polymers and bioplastics. He is one of the Management team members of the CATCHBIO programme.

Stephan Freyer Stephan Freyer

BASF AG, Chemical Engineering Industrial Biotechnology
E-mail: stephan.freyer@basf.com

Dr. Stephan Freyer, studied Chemistry in Cologne, Germany from 1982 to 1988.

In 1989 he started to do research in the field of Biotechnology at the Research Center Jülich, Germany.
In 1993 he joined BASF, Ludwigshafen, Germany and is now working as Senior Research Manager in the division ‘Chemicals Research and Engineering’, responsible for process development Industrial Biotechnology.

Affiliations: GVC/VDI FA Bioverfahrenstechnik Vice Chairman DECHEMA AA Messen und Regeln in der Biotechnologie Member Verlag Wiley-VCH Advisory Board Engineering in Life Sciences Member

Theme 2: Process intensification (Re-inventing chemical processes)
Melvin V. Koch Melvin V. Koch

University of Washington
E-mail: mel@cpac.washington.edu

Executive director of the Center for Process Analytical Chemistry (CPAC), at the university of Washington in Seattle, an industry / university / government consortium.

He received his BA in chemistry and mathematics from St Olaf college, MS in biochemistry, and PhD in organic medicinal chemistry from the university of Iowa.

Dr. Koch worked for the Dow chemical company in process research and analytical chemistry, achieving the level of global director of analytical sciences. he is active in coordinating developments in the field of process analytical technology (PAT) between industry, government laboratories, and academia and very involved in the Quality by Design (QbD) activities of the FDA and others.

Dr. Koch has served recently on the FDA advisory committee to the office of pharmaceutical sciences.

Theme 1, session 2:
Biorefineries and biorenewables (From biomass to product)
Evan Beach

Evan Beach
Yale University– Center for Green Chemistry & Green Engineering
E-mail: evan.beach@yale.edu

Dr. Evan Beach is the Program Manager at the Center for Green Chemistry & Green Engineering at Yale.  He leads the Center’s bio-based plastics projects and is researching productive, non-fuel applications of chemicals produced by algae.  He also coordinates the Center’s educational and outreach efforts and develops curriculum materials for on- and off-campus lectures and workshops in green chemistry.  Evan received his PhD in Chemistry from Carnegie Mellon Uns.

Joint session with Sustainable Production
Theme 3: Sustainability evaluation (Are we doing it really better?)

Jo Dewulf Jo Dewulf

University of Ghent – Research Group ENVOC
E-mail: jo.dewulf@ugent.be

Dr. Jo Dewulf is professor Environmental and Clean Technology at Ghent University, Belgium.

His field of interest is:

  1. Chemical analysis of organic micropollutants
  2. Abatement of organic micropollutants in waste gas and wastewater
  3. environmental sustainability assessment of technology
Among other communications, he is author of about 100 publications in international peer reviewed journals and editor of the book Renewables-Based Technology: Sustainability Assessment (John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, UK, 2006).

In 2008, he received the prize Laureate of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and Arts.
Within the 3rd research line, environmental sustainability assessment of technology with the development of environmental performance assessment tools is in focus.
With a limited availability of resources on one hand and a growing demand on the other hand, the assessment of the resource consumption fingerprint and resource efficiency is studied through a thermodynamic approach that covers the whole life cycle.