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News 05 April 2024

Made-to-measure reactors for bio-based hybrid catalysis

In the 21st century, the challenge of the ecological transition is requiring the chemicals industry to develop innovative processes in line with environmental, energy and societal constraints. There is a dual challenge here: - new conversions need to be developed using renewable resources, the reactivity of which has yet to be fully mastered on a large scale; - researchers need to design and propose innovations to make these conversions more efficient and less energy intensive. The second aspect concerns processes and requires researchers to consider various avenues for progress: new reactors, reduction in the number of steps, combination of catalysts, etc.

Issue 53 of Science@ifpen
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Yves Chauvin Prize: Metabolic engineering at the heart of bio-based processes

Within the context of the energy transition, new bioprocesses are emerging as substitutes for processes using fossil resources. For example, Clostridium acetobutylicum is a microorganism capable of converting the large variety of sugars derived from lignocellulosic biomass into a raft of bio-based substances, via fermentation. This makes it a potential candidate for producing biofuels and/or chemical intermediates that can be used by industry....
The “Omics”, seven hired hands working for biotechnology
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The “Omics”, seven hired hands working for biotechnology

Most frequently, the use of a microorganism in the production of biofuels or biosourced chemicals requires its optimisation. This is achieved through genetic engineering, which involves inactivation and/or addition of one or more genes, to improve the ability of this microorganism to produce a target molecule. (...) At IFPEN, access to genomics (DNA) has helped in gathering data on the composition and structure of the genomes of the microorganisms...
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I carried out my thesis at CEA Grenoble (UMR 5249, UGA / CNRS / CEA), under the supervision of Professor Marc Fontecave and Dr. Hamid Atta, on [FeS] cluster metalloproteins (RimO, MiaB, MtaB) called
Issue 46 of Science@ifpen - Earth Sciences and Environmental Technologies
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Rock-Eval®: supporting soil research for the climate challenge

One way to decrease the amount of atmospheric CO2 is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of fossil origin, but it is also possible to increase the quantities of carbon stored in the soil. (...) In the current context of climate change, understanding the evolution of carbon in the ground is critically important. It is for this reason that IFPEN wanted to study the potential offered by Rock-Eval®, a flagship of oil research...
Issue 43 of Science@IFPEN
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Optimization of a microorganism of interest for the bioproduction of isopropanol and n-butanol

A major challenge of the energy transition, the substitution of petrochemical processes by bioprocesses requires the use of catalysts (or microorganisms) to produce molecules for industry...
Issue 41 of Science@IFPEN
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Hydrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass: study of enzyme-substrate interactions (HDR 2015)

The scope of my HDR covered ten years of research at IFPEN within the context of the development of Futurol™ , a process aimed at producing 2nd-generation bioethanol from lignocellulosic biomass. My
Numéro 38 de Science@IFPEN
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F’Unlock project: to unlock plant biomass hydrolysis using enzymes

Lignocellulosic biomass is an interesting raw material for the production of fuels and chemical intermediates because it is abundant and has a much smaller environmental footprint than fossil