Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 20:11

A conference on lignin biosynthesis and utilization will occur at the Umea Plant Centre in Umea Sweden August 24 - 28, 2014. Further information is available at the conference web site.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 20:43

Prof Philip Jessop, last year honoured with an Eni Award from Italian oil and gas producer Eni, has recently had his work honoured closer to home by being nominated as one of the Globe and Mail’s “Innovators at Work”.

Congratulations to Prof Jessop for this well-earned recognition of his work.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 20:37

Canada’s first commercial lignin plant is under construction at the West Fraser Timber kraft pulp mill in Hinton, AB.

The plant will use the Lignoforce Technology developed by FPInnovations, one of Lignoworks industrial partners. More information about the project is available from West Fraser's press release announcing the project.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 20:24

Lignoworks is one of five forestry-related NSERC Strategic Networks that make up FIBRE – Forest Innovation by Research and Education. In order to encourage networking across the networks and with the wider forestry community, FIBRE held its second annual meeting May 12 – 15 on the campus of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

Graduate students and post-doctoral fellows are at the heart of FIBRE’s activities and the conference began with a student-organized session on job search skills.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 20:15

For the second year, a Lignoworks graduate student is among five students from the FIBRE network who will participate in the student symposium that accompanies the annual Wallenberg Prize Symposium in Stockholm, Sweden in September. The Wallenberg Prize recognizes scientific and technical achievements that have had significant impact on the global forest industry and is the forest industry’s most prestigious award.

The students were selected by a competitive process. Each network nominated two students, who made oral presentations on their work at the FIBRE annual meeting in Vancouver. The final five were chosen by a panel of judges.

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 17:35

The annual meeting of the Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada occurred February 3 – 6, 2014 in Montreal.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 21:48

Lignoworks students Angela Dodd and Yingjie Li had the honour of participating in this year’s Marcus Wallenberg Prize award ceremony and student symposium, September 23-24 in Stockholm Sweden.

Friday, July 26, 2013 - 20:59

Lignoworks is proud of all our students and postdoctoral students who participated in the FIBRE annual meeting poster session.

A special congratulation goes to graduate student Phoebe Li of Prof. Ko’s laboratory at UBC. Her poster on Multifunctional Lignin Composite Nanofibres won third prize, out of some 150 presentations, in the Otto Maas Student Poster competition. Hear Phoebe describe her work in this video clip.

Congratulations, Phoebe!

Friday, July 26, 2013 - 20:54

Lignoworks is one of 8 Canadian research networks devoted to forest industry topics. These networks have formed a consortium known as FIBRE (Forest Innovation by Research and Education) that encourages collaboration and communication among scientists working on forest-related projects so that new technologies can be moved as rapidly as possible from the lab to commercial application.



Friday, July 26, 2013 - 20:08

Dr. Philip Jessop, Professor of Chemistry at Queen’s University and a researcher in Lignoworks Thermochemical Processing Theme, has been honoured with the Eni Award for New Frontiers in Hydrocarbons, Upstream Prize for 2013.



Friday, July 26, 2013 - 20:01

Dr. Franco Berruti, Professor of Chemical Engineering at Western University and a researcher in Lignoworks Thermochemical Processing Theme, is the winner of the 2013 Particulate and Solids Research Inc., (PSRI) Lectureship in Fluidization Award. The award recognizes an individual’s outstanding scientific/technical research contributions with impact in the field of fluidization and fluid-particle flow systems.  The Fluidization and Fluid Particle Systems nomination committee has given this award to Prof. Franco Berruti for his outstanding contribution in biomass pyrolysis, fluid-particle and multi-phase flow systems.

Friday, July 26, 2013 - 19:56

Lignoworks is proud to welcome Dr. Suzana Straus as a new Network Investigator. Dr. Straus is Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests include solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), membrane protein structure and function, NMR method development and biological/biophysical chemistry.



Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 19:22

A Call for Papers for the 5th Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference has been made. The NWBC is the leading conference to focus on wood-based biorefinery technology. The conference will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, March 25-27, 2014. Deadlines for abstract submissions are September 2, 2013 for oral presentations and November 4, 2013 for poster presentations. More information is available at the conference website.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 15:53

Domtar Corporation has commissioned a kraft lignin plant at its mill in Plymouth, NC, using Metso's Lignoboost technology. This is believed to be the first new lignin capacity developed in North America in the last 25 years.

While Domtar is not a Lignworks partner, this development is nonetheless important for the development of markets for lignin-based materials since the limited commercial availability of lignin is often a worry for potential adopters of lignin-based materials.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 19:58

Weak nucleophiles for strong activation: The reversible activation of dihydrogen by an electron-deficient phosphine, (C6F5)PPh2, in combination with the Lewis acid B(C6F5)3 at −80 °C was accomplished. The catalytic hydrogenation of olefins proceeds through protonation and subsequent hydride attack. Electron-deficient phosphines and diarlyamines were demonstrated to be viable Lewis bases for the reaction, thus allowing catalyst loadings of 10 to 5 mol %.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 19:46

Hydrogenation of the N-bound phenyl rings of amines, imines, and aziridine is achieved in the presence of H2 and B(C6F5)3, affording the corresponding N-cyclohexylammonium hydridoborate salts.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 19:33
Link to abstract
Ionic ligands derived from a salen ligand containing two proximal 1,3-disubstituted imidazolium ionic liquid cores form cobalt(III) complexes capable of selectively oxidizing veratryl alcohol, a lignin model compound, to veratraldehyde using air as the source of oxygen. These complexes are easy to prepare, inexpensive, water stable, and soluble in ionic liquids, making them viable candidates for use as oxidation catalysts.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 19:13

Genes encoding vanillin dehydrogenase (vdh) and vanillate O-demethylase (vanAB) were identified in Rhodococcus jostii RHA1 using gene disruption and enzyme activities. During growth on vanillin or vanillate, vanA was highly upregulated while vdh was not. This study contributes to our understanding of lignin degradation by RHA1 and other actinomycetes.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 18:42

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 15:01

Electrospinning is an effective strategy to produce micron and sub-micron
diameter fibrous networks from a variety of polymeric systems. Using seven different
technical lignins the effect of lignin structure on fiber formation by electrospinning
was studied. Surprisingly, none of the technical lignins could be electrospun into continuous
fibers, although beaded fiber formation was observed for the softwood Kraft
lignin system at high concentration (>50 wt%). However, the addition of poly(ethylene
oxide) dramatically affected the electrospinning behavior and fiber formation. For all
of the technical lignins a clear transition from electrospray or beaded fibers to uniform

Friday, August 31, 2012 - 20:41

The 2013 International Symposium on Wood Fibre and Pulping Chemistry will be held in Vancouver,British Columbia, June 12 - 14.

A pre-symposium on production and applications of nanocrystalline cellulose will be held in Victoria, British Columbia on June 9 - 10.

The deadline for abstract submission is October 1, 2012.

Further information is available at the conference web site.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 19:31

The Third International Forest Biorefinery Symposium will be held in conjunction with Paper Week Canada February 3 - 4, 2013 in Montreal.

The purpose of the symposium is to offer to the professionals and scientists working in the field of pulp and paper, biofuels and biochemicals industries in Canada and abroad, a platform for the presentation of recent advancements and technological breakthroughs.

Proposals for communications from industry, academia and governments are welcome.

Please send your abstract of 300 words maximum before September 3, 2012 to m.marinova@polymtl.ca

Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 15:28

Lignoworks will hold it's 2nd Annual General Meeting on May 2 - 4, 2012, at Whistler, BC.

This will be our premier opportunity for Network Investigators to interact with each other and with the Industrial Partners.

Part of Lignoworks mandate is to train the next generation of scientists who will carry these new biorefinery technologies to industry. To fulfill this mandate, the AGM will also include training for our graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in soft skills such as writing, presentation and entrepreneurship that will be given by Mitacs.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 20:56

Richard Chen, a Lignoworks graduate student working with University of Guelph Professor Amar Mohanty, won third prize in the student poster competition for his presentation Lactic Acid Graft Copolymerization of Kraft Lignin.

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 21:40

John Kadla, Scientific Director of Lignoworks, is proud to welcome Alberta-Pacific (Alpac) to the Lignoworks NSERC Strategic Network as an industrial partner.

Geoff Clarke, Business Analyst for Alpac's Corporate Planning Department gives the following reasons for Alpac choosing to join the Network:

“Alpac is interested in the opportunities to generate value-added lignin applications as part of an integrated biorefinery. Most of the woody-biomass fractionation processes we have assessed include Lignin as a by-product. Traditionally, most models have simply used this lignin as a fuel, displacing natural gas and recovering only the heating value in return.

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 17:24

Interest and commercial activity in lignin production continues to advance in North America.

Domtar has begun construction of a kraft lignin precipitation plant at its Plymouth, NC mill, which will use the Lignoboost technology supplied by Metso. It is scheduled to be in commercial production early in 2013.

Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 15:47

The annual meeting of the Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada (PAPTAC) will take place January 30 - February 3, 2012 at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec. Prominent in the program are symposia on the Forest Biorefinery, including a joint symposium with CRIBIQ, an organization that promotes and funds research on industrial bioprocesses in Quebec.

 

Program details are available at the conference web site.

Monday, December 12, 2011 - 21:05

The International Conference on Bio-based Materials and Composites will take place February 22 - 24, 2012 in Marrakech, Morocco. Details are available at the conference web site.

Monday, November 14, 2011 - 16:07

The Biorefining Research Initiative (BRI) at Lakehead University is pleased to announce the Biofor Conference, a new international forum for those working or interested in the emerging bio-industry and bio-economy.

Deadline for abstract submission: November 30, 2012.

Further information is available at the conference web site.

Friday, October 28, 2011 - 18:56

Lignoworks Network Investigators have claimed two of three awards given annually by the Canadian Green Chemistry and Engineering Network. Details about each of the awards are available by following the links below.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 21:40

The 4th Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference will occur October 23 - 26, 2012 in Helsinki, Finland.

The conference will feature papers on the following topics:

Industrial wood biorefining projects, including pulp mill modifications

  • Emerging new wood biorefineries and biorefinery products
  • Key research programmes and projects
  • Socio-economic aspects of wood biorefining
  • Policy issues relevant to biorefining
  • Market aspects

Information on the deadlines is available at the conference web site.

Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 15:32

To be held in Fukuoka (Acros Fukuoka), Japan

 Please find the Symposium details @ http://www.congre.co.jp/lignobiotech-2/

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 17:18

Dr. Charles Xu, a Lignoworks researcher in the Thermochemical Processing theme, is the recipient of the 2011 Syncrude Canada Innovation Award.

This annual award of the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE) is presented to a researcher under the age of 40 who has made a distinguished contribution to chemical engineering while residing in Canada. The award will be presented to Dr. Xu at the 61st meeting of the CSChE, October 23 - 26, in London, Ontario.

Hearty congratulations to Charles from his Lignoworks colleagues!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 16:21

The Bioeconomy Technical Centre, a critical piece of infrastructure for the development of value-added lignin-based products, was formally inaugurated on June 24, 2011 in Thunder Bay Ontario by Lignoworks’ industrial partner FPInnovations.

At the heart of the BTC is a demonstration plant that can precipitate lignin from kraft black liquor on a scale of 100 kg/day and a well-equipped laboratory to characterize the material.  In addition to providing Lignoworks researchers with industrially relevant lignin for their research, the facility will also be able to produce sufficient lignin for commercial-scale trials of lignin applications and will provide more refined engineering data for the design of a full-scale lignin production plant.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 13:57

The significance of a recent publication from the group of Lignoworks investigator Lindsay Eltis at UBC (Biochemistry (2011), 50, 5096) has been recognized by the prestigious journal Science through mention in its “Editor’s Choice” section that highlights important papers published in other journals.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 13:37

International Conference on Thermochemical Conversion Science, September 28-30, 2011, Chicago USA.

Agenda and registration information is available at the conference web site.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 13:30

Paper presented at Bioenergy III, May 22 - 27, 2011, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 13:27

Paper presented at Bioenergy III, May 22 - 27, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain.

Monday, June 6, 2011 - 16:13

The workshop will start with an overview of the challenges and opportunities for nanotechnology in general and nanofibre technology in specific. This will be followed by three sessions covering challenges and opportunities of nanofibre technology in energy and electronics, environmental & biomaterials, and health care & biomedical devices. The last day of the workshop will include a session on the manufacturing technology of nanofibres featuring nanofibre spinning machine manufacturers. The workshop will conclude with a planning session that establishes a Canada unique R&D blue-print to over comes the challenges and capitalize on the opportunities provided by nanofibre technology.

For further information about the workshop contact Professor Frank Ko at frnk.ko@ubc.ca

Monday, June 6, 2011 - 16:10

Professor Frank Ko of the Polymeric Products Theme gave an invited lecture at the Fiber Society Spring Conference held in Hong Kong, May 23 - 25.

The title of the presentation was Lignin―A Renewable Precursor for Carbon Nanofibers.

The following are collaborators in this paper including two Network supported summer undergraduate students Mina S. Vafaei and Wilhelm Tse

Frank Ko, Mina S. Vafaei, Wilhelm Tse, Liting Lin, Ian J. Dallmeyer, John Kadla
Department of Materials Engineering and Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia,

Monday, June 6, 2011 - 16:03

Professor Lindsay Eltis of the Catalytic Processing Theme will give an invited seminar entitled "Bacterial lignin-degrading enzymes - helping to unlock the potential of biomass" at the Annual General Meeting of the Society for Industrial Microbiology, July 24 - 28, 2011, in New Orleans LA.

Monday, June 6, 2011 - 15:53

Biochemistry, 2011, 50, 5096-5107

Monday, June 6, 2011 - 15:43

Biochemistry, 2011, 50, 5108-5119.

Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 15:56

Professor Lindsay Eltis of the University of British Columbia is researching enzymes isolated from the bacterium Rhodococcus jostii RHA1 for breaking lignin down into useful molecules, within Lignoworks Catalytic Processing theme. This effort has just received a big boost by way of Genome Canada.

Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 14:58

The 1st International Congress on Catalysis for Biorefineries will take place October 2 - 5, 2011 in Torremolinos, Spain. More information on the Scientific Program is available at the Congress web site.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 17:18

The Lignoworks Biomaterials and Chemicals Strategic Research Network held its first Annual General Meeting at the Hockley Resort near Orangeville Ontario on May 11-13, 2011

Mike Rushton, COO of Lignoworks Industrial Partner Lignol Innovations, gave a keynote address to our researchers, outlining Lignol's vision of the importance of value-added lignin products to the success of the forest biorefinery and the role of Lignoworks in advancing this agenda.

Following the keynote, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows gave 10-minute summaries of their projects as a way to introduce all attendees to the richer information that would be available from their posters in the poster session that followed.

Friday, March 4, 2011 - 15:25

An important resource available to the Lignoworks Thermal Processing theme is The University of Western Ontario’s Institute for Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources (ICFAR), located a few kilometres north of the University . Inaugurated in 2009, it contains within its 20,000 square feet of office, laboratory and pilot plant space all the facilities required to test promising ideas for biomass conversion using commercially relevant equipment.

The centre provides a home base for the research of three of Lignoworks scientists - Profs. Cedric Briens, Charles Xu and Franco Berruti – and their post-doctoral fellows and graduate students. More information about ICFAR is available at its web site.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 22:10

Electrospinning is an effective strategy to produce micron and sub-micron
diameter fibrous networks from a variety of polymeric systems. Using seven different
technical lignins the effect of lignin structure on fiber formation by electrospinning
was studied. Surprisingly, none of the technical lignins could be electrospun into continuous
fibers, although beaded fiber formation was observed for the softwood Kraft
lignin system at high concentration (>50 wt%). However, the addition of poly(ethylene
oxide) dramatically affected the electrospinning behavior and fiber formation. For all
of the technical lignins a clear transition from electrospray or beaded fibers to uniform

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 22:04

Biomacromolecules 2010, 11, 981–988

 

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 22:15
Inorg. Chem., 2010, 49 (12), pp 5611–5618
 

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 17:06

The conference will be held at the Valhalla Inn in Thunder Bay Ontario and is sponsored by the Canadian Bioenergy Association (CanBio), the Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bioeconomy (CRIBE) and the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry. The technical program and other information is available at the conference web site.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 15:54

Lignoworks 1st Annual General Meeting will be held May 11-13 at the Hockley Valley Resort in Orangeville, Ontario. The meeting will emphasize presentations by the graduate students in the Network. A Board of Directors meeting will be held as part of the AGM, on May 13.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 15:42

The 16th International Symposium on Wood, Fibre and Pulping Chemistry will take place in Tianjin, China, June 8-10, 2011.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 15:35

The ACS Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division is sponsoring two sessions related to lignin at the ACS Spring meeting in Anaheim CA: "New Lignin-Based Materials" and "New Approaches to Lignin as a Chemical Feedstock".

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 15:22

The 3rd Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference will be held March 22-24, 2011 in Stockholm, Sweden. Further details are available on the conference web site.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 15:15

Lignoworks 1st Annual General Meeting will be held May 11-13 at the Hockley Valley Resort in Orangeville, Ontario. The meeting will emphasize presentations by the graduate students in the Network. A Board of Directors meeting will be held as part of the AGM, on May 13.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 09:19

The Network’s first Board of Directors meeting took place and the year one budget and research projects were officially approved.

Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 08:42

Conference on Chemicals from Lignin, Toronto ON (more details to follow).

Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 08:38

Board of Directors meeting at NRC Institute for Chemical Process and Environmental Technology, 1200 Montreal Road, Ottawa, ON

Friday, September 17, 2010 - 15:13

February 2, 2010:  Funding for the Biomaterials and Chemicals Strategic Research Network is officially announced by Industry Minister Tony Clement. http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Media-Media/NewsRelease-CommuniqueDePresse_...