Track 2 – Conversion Processes

Session 1: Bioremediation and Repurposing of Industrial Wastes

Monday, November 23, 2015, 10:00 – 11:40am
Location: TBD
Chair: Lisa Gieg, University of Calgary

Development of Algal-based Strategy to Bioremediate Oil Sands Process-Affected Water
Gordon Chua, University of Calgary

A Mixed Species Biofilm Approach for Applying Environmental Communities in Naphthenic Acid and PAH Bioremediation
Mark Demeter, University of Calgary

Magnesium Mineral Inhibition of Microbial Hydrocarbon Remediation
Steven Siciliano, University of Saskatchewan

Is There a Greener Future for Coal? There Better Be!
Bruce Peachey, New Paradigm Engineering

Deep Eutectic Solvents for Corncob Pretreatment
Lars Rehmann, University of Western Ontario

Session 2: Chemical and Thermal Conversions

Monday, November 23, 2015, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Location: TBD
Chairs: Lauren Mercier, BCN; Florence Williams, University of Alberta

Extraction of Lipids from Algae Using CO2-Expanded Liquids and Liquid CO2
Pascale Champagne, Queen’s University

Functional Biobased Waxes from Prairie Plant Oils
Samuel Mugo, MacEwan University

Inexpensive Transformation of Biomass to Value Added Chemicals via Transition Metal Catalysis
Sam Mitton, University of Alberta

Polyhydroxybutyrate Films Using Acetic Acid as Green Solvent
Preetam Anbukarasu, University of Alberta

Biobased Polyols: Replacing the Castor Oil
Tolibjon Omonov, University of Alberta

Rapid Conversion of Oils into Various Monomers
Aman Ullah, University of Alberta

Session 3: Engineering Biological Systems

Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: TBD
Chair: Niall Kerrigan, Genome Alberta

Potential Role for Synthetic Biology in Biomass Conversion to Value-Added Bio-Products
Nii A. Patterson, National Research Council of Canada

Optimizing Processing Conditions for Improved Growth of Methanotrophic Bacteria and Their Production of the Biopolymer Polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) Using Methane and Methanol as Feedstocks
Dominic Sauvageau, University of Alberta

High Alkalinity: Key for Unlocking the Potential of Photosynthetic Microbes
Hector De la Hoz Siegler, University of Calgary

Artificial Photosynthesis as a Novel Management Tool for Industrial Carbon Dioxide Emissions
Carlo Montemagno, Ingenuity Lab, University of Alberta

Biosynthesis of Fatty Alcohols Hexadecanol and Octadecanol from Simple Sugars and Biomass
David Stuart, University of Alberta

Enzymatic Transamidation and Click Chemistry: Developing One-Pot Protein Conjugation and Diversifying the Biocatalytic Toolbox
Natalie Rachel, Université de Montréal