The first meeting of all partners was held on Tuesday 17th November, 2015 via teleconference.
This meeting helped to establish the partnership and introduce all the partners to each other as well as starting to plan visits and workshops for the future. News will be updated as the project progresses.
A meeting at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) - June 2016
Professor Karen Wilson (Aston, EBRI) and Professor Claudio Motta (UFRJ) arranged a meeting with early career researchers during the 18th International Zeolite Conference to discuss the application of porous materials in biomass conversion.
This meeting was attended by Dr Chris Parlett, Dr Vannia dos Santos, Dr Lee Durndell and Mr Mariano Tapia Reche from Aston University, and Renata Jorge da Silva and Carolina Fernandes de Miranda Pestana from UFRI. During this meeting, Professor Wilson gave a short introduction to the network outlining how young scientists can engage with the project partners for research exchanges.
Plans for Mariano's research stay at UFRJ to work on glycerol valorisation using niobic acid catalysts and upcoming visit of Renata to Aston were also discussed.
Workshop at Dalian Institute for Chemical Physics - June 2016
GB3-Net organised an Early Career Researcher's workshop on Catalysis for Biorefining at Dalian Institute for Chemical Physics on 30th June, 2016.
The workshop covered various aspects of catalyst design, spanning catalyst design processing and analysis of biomass. Dr Zhenwen Cao (Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung) presented on processes for lignin depolymerisation using mechanocatalytic approaches.
Professor Karen Wilson (EBRI, GB-3NET Leader) have a short introduction to the network, outlining to young scientists how they can engage with the project partners for research exchanges. Dr Chris Parlett (EBRI) presented on the design of spatially orthogonal catalytic materials for cascade reactions which will be of importance for many biomass transformations.
Dr Ning Li (DICP) described advances in a catalytic route to produce diesel and jet fuel alkanes from furfural derivatives, which can be obtained from acidic processing of sugars from cellulose hydrolysis. Dr Changzhi Li (DICP) then returned to the topic of lignin valorisation with a talk on the design of catalysts for the selective cleavage of aryl ether linkages.
Professor Adam Lee (EBRI) discussed the development of nanoparticulate Pt catalysts for selective hydrogenation of bio-derived chemicals, with the impact of structure and support architecture/hydrophobicity sensitivity highlighted.
Finally, Dr Mingyuan Zheng (DICP) described ongoing work on the continuous production of ethylene glycol and 1,2 propylene glycol from cellulose.
The short presentations stimulated some enthusiastic discussions with the audience and also highlighted potential new areas for collaboration.
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