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Day 1

5 September







Biological CO2 conversion

Commercial Scale Gas Fermentation for Converting Pollution to Products

Rapid population growth and climate change are posing some of the most urgent challenges to mankind and have intensified the need for low-cost manufacturing of fuels, chemical-building blocks, materials and food from sustainable resources.

Gas fermentation using autotrophic microorganisms offers a sustainable path to these products from a range of local, highly abundant, waste and low-cost resources. [...]

Michael Köpke- Head of synthetic biology of LanzaTech


Electrocatalytic CO2 reduction

Electrocatalytic reduction of CO2: catalysts and mechanisms

The electrocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide is a promising approach for storing (excess) renewable electricity as chemical energy in fuels. I will talk about recent advances and challenges in the understanding of electrochemical CO2 reduction. I will discuss existing models for the initial activation of CO2 on the electrocatalyst and their importance for understanding selectivity. Carbon-carbon bond formation is also a key mechanistic step in CO2 electroreduction to high-density and high-value fuels.[...]

Prof. Marc Koper - Professor of Surface Chemistry and Catalysis at Leiden University


Coffee Break


Floor to Companies

how CO2 conversion can be exploited in industry?

 §   Titan (Marios Katsiotis)


 §   Avantium (Klaas JanSchouten)

§   Hysytech (Massimiliano Antonini)






The RECODE approach will develop and validate prototypes of the three units (CO2 captureby ILs technology, production nanoCaCO3, electrocatalytic conversion to FA/OA/GLY), finally demonstrating their performance in an integrated overall system prototype of the overall technology (from CO2 capture to cement additives) under industriallyrelevant conditions (TITAN production site in Greece). The overall result of RECODE project will be thus to demonstrate technical and economic feasibility in the relevant environment of novel processes forCO2 conversion to added-value chemicals.

Sergio Bocchini



ENGICOIN Project pursues the development of new strains. Development of new strainsand reactor concepts tailored:

-to CO2 conversion tolactic acid and of advancedrelated bioreactors

-to CO2 + H2 conversionto CO2 + H2 conversionto PHA and of advancedrelated bioreactors

-to CO2 + H2 conversionto CO2 + H2 conversionto acetone


Katalin Kovacs



In line with the reference Topic text, these technologies will bridge cost-effective CO2 capture and purification from the atmosphere through sorbents (with efficient heat integration of the CO2 desorption step with the subsequent process stages), with electrochemical conversion of CO2 (via PEM electrolysis concepts, promoting CO2 reduction at their cathode in combination with a fruitful oxidation carried out simultaneously at the anode), followed by bioreactors carrying out the fermentation of the CO2-reduction intermediates (syngas, C1 water-soluble molecules) to form valuable products (bioplastics like Poly-Hydroxy-Alkanoates - PHA -, isoprene, lactic acid, methane, etc.) as well as effective routes for their recovery from the process outlet streams.

Simelys Hernandez





The goal of the project CO2EXIDE is the establishment of an electrochemical, energy efficient and near-to CO2-neutral process for the production of the bulk chemical ethylene from CO2, water and renewable energy. One of the central steps is the development of a new type of electrolyser that enables a simultaneous reaction on both anode and cathode, which is more efficient in terms of energy and resources.

Dr. Lenard Csepei



The project STORE&GO demonstrates how green methane produced by Power-to-Gas technology provides a keystone for the cross-sector energy transition.

The EU has set ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 percent by 2030 compared to 1990 and by 80–95 percent by the year 2050. In order for the European Union to meet the assigned climate targets, energy production must come mainly from renewable sources. However, wind and solar power are volatile, intermittent due to their dependence on weather conditions and time of the day.

Alexandru Morosanu


BIOCON-CO2 project

BIOCON-CO2 aims to develop and validate a platform of flexible and versatile techniques capable of using biological processes to transform raw CO2 waste from the iron, steel, cement and electric power industries into value-added chemicals and plastics.

Ana Lopez Contreras




Spinning tables:
not just science

Science,  Conversation  & some Beer

“Gamifying and playing science”

Dr. G.Durante

Scientific Outreach is an activity that is a challenge in today's society. As scientists, we have a duty to transmit knowledge to society in a simple and understandable way. There are several ways to tackle this mission and transmit the passion for science to stimulate scientific vocations. This takes on special value when the audience we are targeting is childish.

In this workshop, we will review the main platforms, channels and strategies used to make Scientific Outreach [...]

“Connecting sustainability to research to ethical responsibility and society: the role of RRI"

Dr E. Inigo

how can we assess responsibility and ethics in sustainability-oriented research and innovation programmes, beyond its goals? The responsible research and innovation framework, strongly backed by the European Commission, aims to include responsibility in the procedural and outcome dimensions of the process. At a practical level, we will examine how this framework concerns sustainability research, particularly in the context of publicly funded projects [...]

Day 2

6 September




CO2 Conversion Paths



Prof. Paul Hudson (KTH Royal Institute of Technology)

Dr. Arne Seifert and Dr. Sebastien Bernacchi (Krajete GmbH)



 Prof. George Skevis and Dr. Akrivi Asimakopoulou, CERTH 

Dr. Mariana Araujo, AVANTIUM


Coffee Break



Prof Björn Stelzner, KIT

Dr. Sorani Montenegro, HYSYTECH


1.00 pm


2:00 - 3:30 PM

Poster Session

PhD and Post Docs participating to the selected EU project will present posters regarding their work.


Coordination of future joint dissemination/exploitation activities among projects
  • Discussion of most relevant common interests/topics of the projects
    (Note: it’s not to discuss each item in detail…just to agree about what could be relevant for joint activities) (5 min)


For example:

  • How to engage with industrial key-stakeholders (sharing networks) = wider User Community
  • Standardisation/certification
  • Common issues (e.g. CO2 taxation) and how to bring them across to the EC
  • Follow-up funding/financing of post project demonstration, upscaling,
  • Others?


  • How to communicate effectively with key-stakeholders: (25 min)
    • How to bring across common messages to optimise the effect?
    • Shall we share contacts or have joint communication/dissemination activities?
  • Mutual support of project events (30 min)
    • Overview event calendar of each project (1 slide per project): main planned events and their timing (training, industry workshops, other)
    • How to coordinate these activities to maximise impact: e.g. more joint events
    • Mutual support and contribution to (selected) events

Restricted to PI and Dissemination leaders

Chair: Andreas Schweinberger

3:30 - 6:30 PM

Site Visits

Avantium Chemicals BV

Avantium is a leading chemical technology company and a forerunner in renewable chemistry. Together with its partnersAvantium is a leading chemical technology company and a forerunner in renewable chemistry. Together with its partnersaround the world, Avantium develops efficient processes and sustainable products made from biobased materials. Avantiumoffers a breeding ground for revolutionary renewable chemistry solutions. From invention to commercially viable productionprocesses. One of Avantium’s success stories is YXY technology, with which it created PEF: a completely new, high-qualityplastic made from plant-based industrial sugars.

Dr.  Paredinha Araujo Mariana


Photanol is a spin of company of the University of Amsterdam. Shareholders are venture capital firm Icos Capital,Photanol is a spin of company of the University of Amsterdam. Shareholders are venture capital firm Icos Capital,the University of Amsterdam Holding and the scientific founders. Since the start of the company in 2008,€ 15 million has been invested in technology development by shareholders and from grants (EU and  and NL). Photanol's objective is to bring to the market new production routes for the production of bio-compounds withCO2 as a feedstock. The first focus is on the production of LLA to be followed by other valuable organicchemicals such as other organic acids, biofuels, essential oils, and sugars.

Dr. Van der Woude Aniek