The EFB Division Biobased Materials aims at bringing together experts from academia and industry to advance both scientific and industrial development of Biotechnology related to production, processing and recycling of Biomaterials and foster collaborations and scientific exchanges among its members.
Austrian Biotechnologist, grad. 1993 and Ph.D. 1996 Graz Univ. Technology. He has spent one year in Central America investigating upgrading of byproducts from oil seed plant processing. As an Erwin-Schroedinger Fellow, he developed enzyme based strategies for lignocellulose processing at Univ. British Columbia, Canada from 1996–1998. This work demonstrated the potential of enzymes to replace toxic chemicals and to lower energy consumption in polymer processing thereby reducing the negative environmental impact. Back at TU–Graz and later as a full professor at Univ. of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna and head of the Institute of Environmental Biotechnology he created a large network in enzyme based polymer processing. He participated in 26 European projects and coordinated 11 out of which. His achievements in the development of environmentally friendly processes resulted in various awards, 12 patents and more than 250 peer reviewed publications.
Head of the research group Life and Bioresource Technologies at HES–SO Valais (Sion, Switzerland). Dr. Zinn is particularly interested in bioprocesses with prokaryotes and eukaryotes. His core activity is the tailor–made biosynthesis of polyhydroxyalkanoates in bacteria for industrial and medical applications. With respect to bioprocesses he is designing and optimizing diverse cultivation methods (batch, fed–batch, chemostat, two–stage chemostat, biofilm chambers) and is familiar with up–scaling of fermentation from agar plate to pilot scale (300 L). State–of–the–art in process controlling (on–line analytics) has been developed in his group to assess the performance of cells and bioprocesses. Prof. Zinn has published more than 56 publications in peer reviewed journals, 9 book chapters and proceedings, and filed 3 patents.
M. Auxiliadora Prieto is Full Professor at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Platform for Sustainable Plastics towards a Circular Economy-SusPlast (www.susplast-csic.org), gathering fourteen Institutes of CSIC with twenty-five multidisciplinary researcher groups devoted to implement plastic circularity. At the Biological Research Center-Margarita Salas (CIB-CSIC) she is the Head of the Polymer Biotechnology group as part of the Plant and Microbial Biotechnology Department. The group aims to explore and exploit the bacterial abilities to produce and degrade bio-based polymers (polyesters and bacterial cellulose) in order to contribute to global sustainability, using tools of molecular biology and metabolic engineering, combined with omic technologies and synthetic biology. Prof. Prieto has participated and coordinated many national and international projects and is the main inventor of nine patents, three of them licensed to bio-tech SMEs dedicated to the production of bio-plastics. Prof Prieto has published more than 90 international scientific papers and is Editor in Chief of Microbial Biotechnology (Wiley).
Full Professor and a Constellation Chaired Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). His research is focused on developing biocatalytic routes to biobased materials and other biochemicals. Current research programs include whole-cell routes to biosurfactants, ω-hydroxylation of fatty acids, protease-catalyzed peptide synthesis, biosynthesis and modification of bacterial cellulose, natural polymer derived hydrogels for biomedical applications, engineering cutinase for polymer transformations and biofibers for biocomposites. He has over 500 publications in peer reviewed journals, been cited about 19,000 times, edited 7-books and has 26 patents (granted or filed). He was the recipient of the 2003 Presidential Green Chemistry Award in the academic category. In 2010 he was the Turner Alfrey Visiting Professor and in 2014 he became a Fellow of the ACS Polymer Division. He founded SyntheZyme LLC in 2009 and serves as its Chief Technology officer. In addition, he Directs an Industrial University Cooperative Research Center at RPI entitled Biocatalysis of Macromolecules (CBM).
Leader of the Group of Molecular and Industrial Biotechnology at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). He is a chemical engineer with large internationally acquired experience in biochemical functionalisation of (bio)polymers for industrial and biomedical applications, bioremediation of industrial effluents, enzymatic synthesis, polymerisation and coating. His post–doctoral research has been granted with Marie Curie and Ramon y Cajal fellowships. Dr. Tzanov has been participating in numerous industry–driven European research projects in the area of applied biotechnology, nanotechnology and health, several national and industry–funded projects, the CYTED programme for collaboration with Latin America, and the European research network COST. The “bio” component is an integral part of his research — bio–tools (enzymes), bio–processes and bio–materials are used to design functional coatings and textiles, cosmetic formulations, nano/micro drug delivery systems, medical and diagnostic devices, antimicrobial/antibiofilm strategies, bioactive and composites materials.
PhD in Polymer Chemistry from the University of Hannover (Germany). After a postdoc in a joint position at the IBM Almaden Research Center and Stanford University (USA), he moved to DSM Research (Netherlands) where he held an industrial senior scientist position until 2008. In 2008 he was awarded a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Stokes Senior Lecturer position under which he established a Polymer Research Group at Dublin City University. He is also holding a Research Fellow position at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and an Honorary Lecturer position at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). His research interests are in functional biopolymers and nanomaterials for advanced applications as well as sustainable polymers. He coordinated several interdisciplinary EU Marie Curie networks in the area of sustainable polymers and biomaterials and is currently leading a national project on Translational Research in Polymeric Nanomedical Devices (TREND).
Professor at the Department of Biological Engineering at the University of Minho, Portugal. He graduated in Chemistry from the University of Lisbon in 1986 and completed his PhD from theUniversity of Minho in 1995. He has published over 240 publications in various areas such as fiber bioprocesses and biomedical and cosmetic formulations. In 2005, he received an Excellency Award from the Portuguese Science Foundation.