15 years highlighting Research & Innovation in Waste and Biomass Valorisation

8th International Conference on Engineering for Waste and Biomass Valorisation

July 13-16, 2020

May 31 - June 4, 2021 in VIRTUAL mode


It has been a tremendous week exchanging with you during the WasteEng2020 conference. We wish to express our deepest thanks for your contributions, valuable time and trust.

We hope to see you in Copenhagen in June 2022 for WasteEng2022.

Meanwhile, take very care of yourself. All the Best


Awards given by Madam Kareen Rispal, Ambassador of France in Canada:
    • Maricelly Martinez Aguilar, « Novel thermal reaction process concept for biobutanol production from lignocellulosic biomass » (Oral #172), Université de Sherbrooke, Canada
    • Mohammad Heidari, « Numerical comparison of a combined hydrothermal carbonization (HTC) and anaerobic digestion (AD) system with direct combustion of biomass for power production » (Oral Flash #273), University of Guelph, Canada
    • Sahar Belfqueh, « Development of an eco compatible process for the recovery of rare earths from permanent magnets » (Oral #234), BRGM, France
    • Nada Baraket, « Study of the deposition of PCDD/F during the combustion of several biomasses in a moving grate » boiler (Oral #491), Université de Lorraine, France
Awards given by Springer Nature:
    • Vanessa Liberato, « Perfluorodecalin effect on biofuel production by Clostridium carboxidivorans using residual gas as raw material » (Poster #383, P2), Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    • Juan José Mascarell, « Application of hydrothermal liquefaction to industrial wastewater » (Poster #494, P3), Universidad de Cádiz, Spain
    • Pablo Gustavo Kildegaard, « A cleaner conversion of urban waste biomass for second generation ethanol production » (Oral Flash #464), Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
    • Zhuo Xu, « Synergistic effects between fiber and plastic wastes through thermal treatment » (Oral Flash #492), Michigan Tech University, USA
    • Majd Elsaddik, « Hydrogen-rich gas production from steam gasification of cellulose » (Oral #478), IMT Mines Albi, France
    • Xinyu Jiang, « Status and development of mercury emissions in China » (Oral #446), Zhejiang University, China
    • Giulia Ischia, « Sun to biocoal: a solar – hydrothermal system for waste biomass valorization » (Oral #67), Trento University, Italy
    • Macarena Larrain, « Optimized routes for post consumer plastic packaging waste: a multiple criteria decision model » (Oral #256), Antwerp University, Belgium

Online programme is available!

WasteEng2020 online programme

  • WasteEng2020 online programme (updated on May 29, 2021) available here
  •  All the presentations (Keynote, Oral, Oral Flash and poster) should be video-recorded and sent to us by May 14, 2021. Details about the guidelines are available here
  • Since the time zones of the participants countries are very spread (from UTC-7 to UTC+10) the duration of the conference is limited to 5 hours/day in live to keep strong interactions between the participants (live sessions and discussions).
  • Two tools will be used: Whova © and Zoom ©. See details here.

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Prof Robert C. Brown

Dr. Brown is Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering and Gary and Donna Hoover Chair in Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University (ISU).
Dr. Brown is the founding director of the Bioeconomy Institute (BEI), which coordinates ISU’s research, educational, and outreach activities related to biobased products and bioenergy. His research interests focus on thermochemical processing of biomass into energy, fuels and chemicals. Dr. Brown has written over 300 refereed research papers and book chapters. He wrote Biorenewable Resources: Engineering New Products from Agriculture, widely used as a textbook around the world. His book Why Are We Producing Biofuels received the Book of the Year Award from Biofuels Digest in 2012. He edited Thermochemical Processing of Biomass, the second edition released in April 2019, and co-edited Fast Pyrolysis of Biomass: Advances in Science and Technology, released by the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2017. Dr. Brown received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University in 1980. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering. He received the Don Klass Award for Excellence in Thermochemical Conversion Science in 2015. He has eighteen patents, one of which received a R&D 100 Award from Research and Development Magazine.

Prof Gerasimos Lyberatos

Prof. Gerasimos Lyberatos is currently professor in the School of Chemical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens and a collaborating faculty member of the Institute of Chemical Engineering and High Temperature Chemical Processes (Foundation of Research and Technology Hellas).

He obtained his B.S. at M.I.T. and his M.S. and Ph.D. at CALTECH (USA). His research interests are in Biochemical Engineering and Environmental Technologies for liquid and solid waste treatment and valorization. He has over 190 publications in International refereed Journals, and over 250 participations in International Conferences, 9 Chapters in books and two books. He has supervised 35 PhD theses. He has organized two International Conferences. Prof. Lyberatos is Editor of the Journal of Hazardous Materials (Elsevier), Associate Editor of Waste and Biomass Valorization (Springer) and is also the President of the Hellenic Water Association, the Greek governing member of IWA.

Dr Ajit Sapre

Dr Sapre is President of R&T, Reliance Industries Ltd Group (India).

Dr Sapre has 40 years of experience in the petroleum refining and petrochemicals business, and new business development based on cutting edge technology developments and management. He received his PhD from the University of Delaware and MBA from Cornell University. His experience includes technical and managerial assignments in research, engineering, licensing, business, manufacturing units and corporate planning. He has worked in upstream, downstream (refining, petrochemicals, polyester, lubes) and renewable energy sectors.

Ajit has strong management and technical background in processes and catalyst development, chemical reaction engineering, optimization technologies, computer integrated manufacturing and intellectual asset management.
He has published more than 100 technical papers, one book and has more than 45 U.S. patents to his credit.


Theme issues - Waste and Biomass Valorization (IF 2019: 2.851)

Only authors of selected papers (based on the abstract) will be invited to submit a journal paper for review in Theme Issues.

After this step, the papers will follow the regular peer-review process of the journal Waste and Biomass Valorization (Springer).


Available since February 2020

Handbook on Characterization of Biomass, Biowaste and Related Byproducts

This book provides authoritative information, techniques and data necessary for the appropriate understanding of biomass and biowaste (understood as contaminated biomass) composition and behaviour while processed in various conditions and technologies.

    • Biomass, biowaste and related by-products
    • Biomass, biowaste and by-products characterization
    • Biogas and syngas characterization
    • Condensable and liquid compounds analysis
    • Particle matters characterization
    • Solid residues characterization
    • 15 chapters
    • 1500 pages
    • 87 co-authors
    • 37 teams from prominent universities and institutions
    • 16 countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Canada, China, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Japan, Portugal, The Netherlands, UK and USA

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