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Biofuels: Breaking the Barriers for Biomass Conversion

How can we unlock the potential that is bound up in biomass?  Can we do it economically at an appropriate scale?  Join us in our search for answers to these questions as we invite two world-renowned experts to Minnesota.  Prof. Charlie Wyman (UC-Riverside) and Prof. Simon Harvey (Chalmers University, Sweden) will share their perspectives on technical challenges and potential opportunities, and then answer questions in a panel discussion with U of M professors Simo Sarkanen and Roger Ruan, both from the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering.

Your participation will enrich our discussion and help "Break the Barriers of Biomass Conversion."  More information coming soon...including an invitation for a poster session!

September 19th, 2007
12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Northstar Ballroom
St. Paul Student Center

Symposium Agenda


12:00 p.m. - 1:25 p.m.  -  Noon Buffet lunch and Poster Session

Master of Ceremonies: Shri Ramaswamy, Professor and Head of the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering

Opening of Symposium: Dean Allen S. Levine, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences  

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  -  Keynote Speakers

  • 1:30 - Advancing Cellulosic Ethanol for Large Scale Sustainable Transportation
  • 2:15 - Technical Challenges and Opportunities for Thermochemical Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels - A Swedish Perspective

3:00 p.m.  -  Break - 15 minutes

3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.  -  Roundtable Panel Discussion

4:15 p.m.  -   Closing of Symposium - Associate Dean F. Abel Ponce de Leon, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  -  Poster Sessions Continued

Biofuels: Breaking the Barriers for Biomass Conversion

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