New Year, New Workshop

At the end of this month, BIOCON-CO2 will present its first workshop of the year from the 25-26th January. Hosted by LEITAT and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, the two-day workshop will explore the topics of Biocatalysis and Bioelectrofermentation in Carbon Capture Utilisation processes.

This workshop is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about these upcoming technologies.

Register here today!



Biocatalysis Session: 25TH January

The morning will focus on general topics on biocatalysis (characterization and immobilization, reaction optimization, enzyme engineering) followed by more specific talks on translating biocatalytic reactions to industrial scale, as well as some success stories from industry and academia. In the afternoon we will have three case studies from BIOCON-CO2, presented by project partners.

9:00-9:15: Welcome

9:15-9:45: Biocatalysis as a key enabling technology- Gregorio Álvaro Campos (UAB)

9:45-10:15: Medium engineering and reactor configuration in biocatalysis – Marina Guillén Montalbán (UAB)

10:15-10:45: Enzyme engineering approaches: an update- Marco Fraaije (RUG)

10:45-11:15: Coffee break

11:15-11:45: Translating laboratory reactions into industrial biocatalytic processes -John Woodley (DTU)

11:45-12:15: Combining Aldolases and Transaminases for the Synthesis of L- and D-Homoserine-Pere Clapés (IQAC-CSIC)

12:15-13:15: Lunch

13:15-13:45: Biocatalytic processes to oxy-functionalized molecules: from route scouting to industrial application- Martin Schürmann (InnoSyn)

13:45-14:15: Enzymatic synthesis of lactose-derived prebiotics- Andrés Illanes (PUCV)

14:15-14:30: Coffee break

14:30-15:00: BIOCON-CO2 case study: Biocatalytic reduction of CO2 by formate dehydrogenases – Tom Ewing (WFBR)

15:00-15:30: BIOCON-CO2 case study: Multi-enzymatic synthesis of lactic acid from CO2 with inherent cofactor regeneration cycle- Albert Carceller (UAB)

15:30-16:00:  BIOCON-CO2 case study: Enzymatic synthesis of polylactic acid: research for a greener approach

– Josu López (UAB)


Electrofermentation: 26TH January

Electrofermentation is an upcoming technology that results from merging fermentative and electrochemical processes, resulting in an innovative biotechnological conversion paradigm. Electrochemical cells can impact on fermentation processes by influencing the redox conditions in the culture media. Electrofermentation allows optimal substrate utilization, less use of redox control additives, pH control as well as steer microbial growth and production rate. This emerging research field has a lot of potential applications. The aim of the BIOCON-CO2 workshop is to present some of the most relevant research activities around the electrofermentation concept.

9:00-9:15: Welcome

9:15-9:45: Electro-fermentation: how to drive fermentation using electrochemical systems – Nicolas Bernet (INRAE)

9:45-10:15: CO2 as raw material for chemicals production using electrofermentation– Ramiro Blasco (Lequia – UdG)

10:15-10:45: Coupling electrochemical and microbial catalysis to produce polymer bricks – Falk Harnisch (UFZ)

10:45-11:15: Coffee break

11:15-11:45: Strategies to enhance Clostridia fermentation and anaerobic digestion using electrofermentation approach – Daniele Molognoni (Leitat)

11:45-12:15: Anode- and cathode-driven bioproduction of chemicals and biofuels – Igor Vassilev (Tampere University)

12:15-13:15: Lunch Break

13:15-13:45: Microbial protein production combining electrochemistry and bioprocesses- Jo De Vrieze (KU Leuven)

13:45-14:15: Bioelectrochemical Systems for Hydrogen Production and Carbon Fixation Using Purple Phototrophic Bacteria -Carlos Manchón (University of Alcalá)