Complementary Activities 2015

Complementary Activities

  • Advanced course “Biorefineries as Multi-Platform Plants for Energy and Biomaterials”, November 26-27, co-organized by SIADEB and the Bioetechnology Center of the University of Concepción.

Thursday 26 November 2015

8:30-9:00 Registration

9:00 Welcome and Introductions

Carolina Parra – Universidad de Concepción (Concepción,Chile) Florbela Carvalheiro – LNEG (Lisboa, Portugal)
Francisco Gírio – LNEG (Lisboa, Portugal)

9:30 Forest bioeconomy

Jaime Rodríguez – Centro de Biotecnología, Universidad de Concepción (Concepcion,Chile)

10:45 Energetic cultures and feedstock for energy

Fernando Muñoz – Facultad de Ciencias Forestales, Universidad de Concepción (Concepción,Chile)

11:00 Coffee-break

11:30 Biomass pre-treatment and fractionation: conventional and innovative processes

Florbela Carvalheiro – LNEG (Lisboa, Portugal)

12:45 Biochemical processes in biorefineries

Valdeir Arantes -Universidade de São Paulo (S. Paulo, Brazil)

13:30 Lunch

14:30 Advanced Biofuels: from biotechnology to biorefinery

Germán Aroca – Pontifica Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (Valparaíso, Chile)

15:15 Sustainability in biorefineries

Rainer Janssen -WIP Renewable Energies (Munich, Germany)

16:00 Coffee-break

16:30 Techno-economic analysis of biorefineries for advanced biofuels

Arturo Sanchez .CINVESTAV (Guadalajara, Mexico)

17:15 Biomaterials and bioproducts from lignin

Marcela Norambuena – Universidad de Concepción (Concepción, Chile)

18:00 End of Day 1

Friday 27 November 2015

9:00 Thermochemical conversion of biomass: recent advances

Jaap Kiel – ECN (Petten, Netherlands)

9:45 Fast pyrolysis of biomass

Cristina Segura -UDT, Universidad de Concepción (Concepción, Chile)

10:45 Opportunities for the production of methane and hydrogen from residues

Cristina Schiappacasse – Pontifica Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (Valparaíso, Chile)

11:00 Coffee-break

11:30 Biorefineries – the example of EUROBIOREF

Franck Dumeignil, Université de Lille (Lille, France)

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Visit to Bioethanol pilot plant of Bioenercel S.A. 15:00 Visit to Unidad de Desarrollo Tecnológico (UDT)

18:00 Return to CB-UDEC

  • Short course “Analytical Methods in Forest Biorefineries”, Professor Antje Potthast and Assistant Professor Stefan Böhmdorfer, BOKU University  (Austria), November 22.

Professor Antje Potthast and Assistant Professor Stefan Böhmdorfer, BOKU University, Austria

November 22, 10:30 a 17:30 hrs.


10:30 – 11:30

1.- Biorefinery process streams

  • Sample Composition and general matrix problems
  • Inorganic fractions and how to deal with it

11:30 – 13:00

2.- Low molecular weight degradation products and carbohydrate monomers, extractives

  • Detection of degradation product in presence of a high matrix concentration by GCMS and Determination of monomeric sugars by GCMS and isotope dilution methods
  • Sugar determination by HPLC and HPAEC
  • Avoiding matrix effects in carbohydrate analysis by HPTLC – fast track
  • Analysis of extractives

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break

14:30 – 16:00

3.- Analysis of cello(xylo)oligomers and lignin

  • SEC-MALLS analysis of sugar oligomers
  • HPTLC for cellooligomers
  • Molar mass determination of lignin and lignosulfonates
  • Functional group analysis of lignin – limitations for current requirements
  • Application of NMR and FTIR (including Chemometric approaches) to lignin

16:00 – 17:30

4.- Analysis of the polymer fraction

  • SEC-MALLS of (hemi)cellulose – Theory and application, chemometry
  • Analysing sugar composition of polymers (methanolysis and total hydrolysis)
  • Crystallinity
  • “Workshop on Sustainable Use of Biomass in Chile, November 25 afternoon, organized by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, KIT, (Germany) and the Technological Development Unit, UDT, (Chile).

About the workshop

Goal of this workshop is to discuss various aspects of sustainable use of biomass in Chile and beyond. This includes – but is not limited to – the assessment of sustainable biomass potentials, current and emerging conversion technologies as well as use concepts, in particular those dealing with the challenges regarding biomass logistics due to biomass characteristics (high water content, low bulk density). Moreover, future research topics, such as the social dimension of biomass use and the current German-Chilean project SeMoBioEnergy will be presented.

Besides technical discussions, the workshop offers a platform for exchange with regard to biomass use in Chile, in particular between Chilean and German researchers as well as other professionals from politics, administration and the
industry. The idea of partnering and cooperation between Germany and Chilean biomass experts is at the core of the workshop.


The workshop is open to all participants of the Biorefineries Congress. To register, please download the registration form at
Complete and send it to

Places are limited.


Sonesta Hotel Concepción


Contact at Technological Development Unit (UDT)
Mónica Paz
Unidad de Desarrollo Tecnológico, UDT

Contact at Institute for Industrial Production (IIP)
Kira Schumacher
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology


13:00 -14:00 Lunch


14:00 – 14:20: Key Note

Sustainable use of biomass

Dr. Alex Berg, Unidad de Desarrollo Tecnológico (UDT), Universidad de Concepción (UdeC)

14:20 – 14:50: Biomass potentials in Chile

Biomass potentials from forests in Chile

Prof. Dr. Patricio Carey, Instituto Bosque y Sociedad, Universidad Austral de Chile (UACH) [requested]

14:50 – 15:30: Biomass conversion

Techno-economic assessment of biomass conversion technologies

Prof. Dr. Magnus Fröhling, Professorship of Business Administration, esp. Resource Management, TU Bergakademie Freiberg [requested]

Biomass conversion technologies

Dr. Luis Ernesto Arteaga Unidad de Desarrollo Tecnológico (UDT), Universidad de Concepción (UdeC)

15:30 – 16:00 : Break

16:00 – 16:40: Decentralized energy concepts

Semi-mobile pretreatment options for biomass conversion

Dr. Robert Daschner, Fraunhofer-Institut für Umwelt-, Sicherheits- und Energietechnik UMSICHT

The Bioliq concept

David Steinbach, Institute of Catalysis Research and Technology (IKFT), KIT

16:40 – 17:20: Future research topics

Presentation of the project “Semi-Mobile Bioenergy from Agricultural and Forest Residues in Chile and Beyond” (SeMoBioEnergy)

Prof. Dr. Frank Schultmann, Tobias Zimmer, Institute for Industrial Production (IIP), KIT

Social acceptance of biomass use

Kira Schumacher, Institute for Industrial Production (IIP), KIT