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 5-CIAB 

 2nd to the 4th Oct'24 

 5th Iberoamerican Congress on Biorefineries 

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Welcome to the 5th Edition of the Ibero-American Congress on Biorefineries!
We are delighted to announce the 5th edition of the Ibero-American Congress on Biorefineries, to be held in Jaén from October 2nd to 4th, 2024. Following a challenging period, this conference edition marks a significant milestone in our collective resilience and commitment to advancing biorefinery research, continuing the tradition of hosting this esteemed event in Jaén. This 5th edition promises to showcase the latest advances to the challenges that lie ahead in the deployment of biorefineries bringing together scientists, industry professionals, and stakeholders from around the world in a collaborative atmosphere to push the field forward. Let's navigate together in the beautiful setting of Jaén to shape a future where sustainable biorefinery solutions lead the way.

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Confirmed Speakers

JOSÉ TEIXEIRA
Universidad de Minho
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José Teixeira is a Full Professor at the University of Minho and President of the Scientific Council of Portugal Foods. He is a member of the Scientific Steering Committee and previous Head of the Research Unit Centre of Biological Engineering (CEB) and serves since 2009 as the President of the Portuguese Biotechnology Society. He is also a member of the Institute of Food Technologists.
He has extensive research experience in Industrial Biotechnology (bioprocess development for the transformation of lignocellulosic materials into 2nd generation bioethanol and chemicals; valorization of agro-industrial residues; bioreactor development and continuous processing) and Food Biotechnology (non-conventional food processing; edible films for packaging; food nanotechnology, process development for production of prebiotics).
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HÉCTOR RUIZ
Universidad de Cohauila, México
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Hector A. Ruiz has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Autonomous University of Coahuila (2004, Mexico) and PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering from the Biological Engineering Center of the University of Minho, Portugal (2011). He is currently full Professor at the Faculty of Chemistry, founder of the Biorefinery Group and responsible for the Biorefinery Pilot Plant for Biomass Fractionation at the Autonomous University of Coahuila in Mexico, and coordinator of the biomass pretreatment stage in the Bioalcohols Cluster of the Mexican Center for Bioenergy Innovation (Cemie-Bio) of the Mexican Ministry of Energy in Mexico.
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RAÚL MUÑOZ
Universidad de Valladolid
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Raul Muñoz has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Valladolid (2001) and a PhD in Environmental Biotechnology from the University of Lund (2005). He is currently Professor of Environmental Technology in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technology, and researcher at the Institute of Sustainable Processes of the University of Valladolid. His research has focused on biogas valorization and wastewater treatment with microalgae.
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CLAUDIA LAREO
Universidad de la República, Uruguay
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Claudia Lareo holds a degree in chemical engineering from the Universidad de la República, Uruguay (1989) and a PhD from the Chemical Engineering Department, University of Cambridge, England (1996). She is currently a full professor at the Institute of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universidad de la República. Specialized in Bioprocess Engineering, Industrial Biotechnology, Biofuels, Bioproducts, Biomaterials, Bioderivatives.
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MARK MBA WRIGHT
Iowa State University
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Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University, USA. He has been involved in the study of bioenergy, techno-economic and life cycle analysis of energy systems. His current interests are in carbon-negative energy technologies. His research has been funded by ARPA-e, NSF and other federal and private agencies.
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FRANCISCO GÍRIO
LNEG, Portugal
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Francisco Gírio, PhD, is Principal Researcher and Head of Bioenergy Department of LNEG-National Laboratory of Energy and Geology, Lisbon, Portugal since 2009.He is currently member of the Management Board of Bioenergy Joint Program of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA-Bioenergy) and member of the Steering Committee of the European Technology and Innovation Platform on Bioenergy (ETIP- Bioenergy).
He is also member of the Scientific Council and Board of Trustees of the Spanish Institute IMDEA Energy (Spain) and President of SIADEB - Iberoamerican Society for the Development of Biorefineries.
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DAVID SERRANO
IMDEA-Energía
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PhD from the Complutense University of Madrid (1990). He is currently Director of Institute IMDEA Energía, Head of the Thermochemical Processes Unit at IMDEA Energía and Professor of Chemical Engineering at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Madrid). He is a member of the Scientific Board of CIESOL (Almeria, Spain) and of the German Biomass Research Center (Leipzig, Germany), as well as President of the Spanish Zeolite Group (GEZ) and of the European Federation of Zeolite Associations (FEZA).
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HERMINIA DOMÍNGUEZ GONZÁLEZ
University of Vigo
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Herminia Domínguez is a professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Vigo, Spain. She is part of the Biomass and Sustainable Development group, where she works on the integral valorization of underutilized or residual biomass, using emerging extraction and fractionation technologies to obtain components of interest in food, cosmetic or pharmaceutical applications
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CAROLINE SABLAYROLLES
ENSIACET, Toulouse, France
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Professor (Associate) at Toulouse INP (France) since 2008. PhD in Environmental. Expertise in Chemical Analysis, assessment of emerging pollutants and in Life Cycle Assessment. Involved in studies combining life cycle assessment and chemical engineering. Co-author of more than 100 scientific papers and proceedings. Supervision of 16 PhD theses. She is also an Associate Editor of “International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment”.
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CARLOS A. CARDONA
Universidad Nacional de Colombia
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Full professor in the Chemical Engineering Department at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia at Manizales since 1995. Dr. Cardona’s research focuses on developing non-conventional separation processes, thermodynamics, integration processes, process engineering, biorefineries, sustainability analysis and agroindustry. He has authored and co-authored over 270 research papers as well as 19 research books and 85 book chapters.
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ISMAEL NIEVES
Meati Inc., Boulder, CO, USA
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Senior Director, Fermentation. Dr. Nieves has a vast experience as a senior engineer in the University of Florida and Cargill. His expertise covers the scale up of unit operations and processes, in particular in fermentation systems.
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PHILIPPE EVON
Université de Toulouse, France
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Dr. Philippe Evon is Research Engineer at the Laboratory of Agro-industrial Chemistry. He obtained his habilitation to supervise researches (HDR) in 2019. He is heading since 2008 the Agromat technological transfer hall dedicated to agromaterials in Tarbes near Toulouse, France. His scientific interests range from the biorefinery of whole plants to the valorization of wastes from biomass to produce extracts and to design agromaterials.
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ARMANDO SILVESTRE
Full Professor, University of Aveiro
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He is currently Head of the Department of Chemistry. He has a large experience in coordination and participation in National and EU Projects (45 +) projects, with 15+ M€ funding for University of Aveiro. H-index 73 , +18 900 citations (Scopus). His research interests are focused on the Biorefinery concept development namely through the sustainable extraction and upgrading of added-value compounds from biomass.
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MARA CEA
Universidad de La Frontera, Chile
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Mara Cea Lemus is professor of the Chemical Engineering department at the University of La Frontera, Chile. She is part of the Waste Management and Bioenergy group, where she works on the valorization of residual biomass, using thermochemical and biochemical processes to obtain catalysts and building-block molecules of interest to industry.
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PEDRAM FATEHI
Biorefining Research Institute, Lakehead University, Canada
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Dr. Fatehi's main research area includes biorefining, lignin, nanotechnology, lignocellulose valorization, waste management, and colloid and interface science. Since 2008, he has co-authored more than 275 journal articles. Since 2012, he has secured more than $ 9.5 M in research funds from private sectors and government organizations in Canada and more than $ 2 M internationally.
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IRIS CORNET
University of Antwerp, Belgium
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Iris Cornet is Associate Professor in the Dept. of Chemistry/Biochemistry. Her main research interests are is directed to using the biorefinery approach (microorganisms, enzymes and, sometimes, chemicals) for the valorisation of industrial side-streams for the production of commodity as well as high-value chemicals, such as bioethanol, long chain dicarboxylic acids, very-long-chain fatty acids and microbial oil.
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MAI BUI
Imperial College London, UK
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Dr Mai Bui is a Senior Research Associate at Imperial College London and has over 12 years of research and consulting experience on carbon capture and storage (CCS), including applications to power, industry, hydrogen production and CO2 removal from atmosphere (i.e., bioenergy with CCS and direct air capture). She also works as a Senior Research and Insight Manager at UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) for the Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge, which provides £210 million of funding, matched by £261 million from industry, to invest in decarbonisation of the key industrial clusters in the UK.
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