Time：8th May, 2019, 3:15pm
Venue：Conference Room on the First Floor, Energy Building B
Lecturer：Prof. Joseph Samec, Stockholm University, Sweden
This talk will discuss the journey of RenFuel that intends to build the first lignin-based biofuel plant in the world together with the pulp mill Rottneros and oil refinery Preem. The talk will both take up technology development as well as business models. This includes finding drivers from both forestry/pulp producers as well as refineries. In addition to this, there is a political dimension that is very important not to neglect: How to promote and manage incentives such as tax reductions. RenFuel has also spinned-off RenCom, a company producing thermoplastics.
Joseph Samec received his Ph.D. from University of Stockholm in 2005 with Prof. B?ckvall as supervisor. During his PhD he visited Prof. Casey at UW, Madison for 4 months. After a postdoctoral training with Prof. Grubbs at CalTech during 2006-2007, he was appointed as Assistant Professor at University of Uppsala in Sweden. In 2015 he joined the faculty at Stockholm University where he is currently professor. His research interest focuses on green chemistry in organic synthesis and biomass processing and applications. 2012 he founded RenFuel, a start-up company that is producing biofuels from lignin and in 2017 he founded RenCom that produces materials from lignin.
Contact: ZHANG Xiaochen, DNL0603