Confirmed Invited Speakers

OrlandoOrlando Rojas

Aalto University, Finland

“Lignocellulose nanomaterials and nanotechnologies: Keys to enable the biobased economy”

Professor Orlando Rojas is chair of the Materials Platform of Aalto University, Finland, where he holds double affiliation with the departments of Bioproducts and Biosystems and Applied Physics. He is the recipient of the 2018 Anselme Payen Award, one of the highest recognitions in the area of cellulose and renewable materials.  He is elected Fellow of the American Chemical Society, the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters and is the recipient of the 2015 Tappi Nanotechnology Award. He is co-PI of the Academy of Finland’s Center of Excellence in Molecular Engineering of Biosynthetic Hybrid Materials Research, HYBER (2014-2019). His most recent research grants includes the prestigious European Research Commission Advanced Grant (ERC-Advanced) and the Academy of Finland Materials Bioeconomy Flagship. He has published over 320 peer-reviewed papers related to the core research of his group, “Bio-based Colloids and Materials”, which mainly deals with nanostructures from renewable materials and their utilization in multiphase systems.


SolangeSolange I. Mussatto

Technical University of Denmark

“Sustainable aproaches for implementation in biorefineries”

Solange I. Mussatto is Head of Research Group at the Technical University of Denmark, Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability. She has been working for 20 years in the areas of Biomass Conversion and Bioprocess Technology. Her work consists in using chemical engineering and biotechnology tools to create innovative solutions that can accelerate the development of a bio-economy with potential environmental, economic, and social benefits. Currently, her group conducts research in various projects aiming at the development of efficient and sustainable process technologies to convert biomass into valuable products, including aspects of pretreatment, fermentation, evolutionary engineering, downstream and techno-economic assessment (see more details at: BCBT group). The importance of her research is highlighted in more than 460 publications including more than 140 full papers published in high quality peer-reviewed journals, 3 patents, several book and chapters, and many international awards. She has been involved in many international research advisory panels and has given more than 50 plenary, keynote, and invited lectures at international conferences and universities around the world. She is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Methods X – Agricultural and Biological Science, Associate Editor of Biomass & Bioenergy and Brazilian Journal of Microbiology, and Advisory Editor of Biofuel Research Journal.

ThomasThomas Rosenau

Department of Chemistry, BOKU University, Vienna

“Cellulose swelling, dissolution and regeneration seen at the molecular level”

Thomas Rosenau currently works at BOKU University Vienna at the Department of Chemistry. He heads the Division of Chemistry of Renewable Resources, at BOKU University Vienna, and the Austrian Biorefinery Center Tulln (ABCT). He is also Adjunct Professor of Fiber Chemistry at Shinshu University, Japan and Adjunct Professor at the Johan Gadolin Process Chemistry Center, Abo Academy, Turku, Finland. Thomas does research in Organic Chemistry, Green Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry, focussing on the two biopolymers cellulose (structure, modification, aging and yellowing, paper, fibers) and lignin (structure, utilization, analytical method development), and on plant extractives and antioxidants as well. He has received several awards, e.g. the Anselme Payen Award of the American Chemical Society 2014, and the Hayashi Jisuke International Cellulose Award in 2007; he is Elected Fellow of the International Academy of Wood Science (IAWS), Fellow of the Japanese Academy of Sciences and Fellow of the Royal  Society of Chemistry, UK. He belongs to several journal editorial boards and several Scientific and Organizing Committees of international conferences. He has published more than 350 SCI papers, 24 book chapzters and 2 books. 


CarlosCarlos Negro

Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials

University Complutense of Madrid

Carlos is Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials at the University Complutense of Madrid. His research interest is focussed mainly on sustainable water use in the industry, wet-end chemistry, paper science and technology, paper recycling and nanotechnology. Carlos group has made broad range of contributions to the paper recycling industry and the sustainable water use for different industrial sector including: chemical industry, paper industry, petrochemical, packaging, stainless steel and food industries. 

He holds directorships positions in several professional associations: ANQUE Past President (2008-2012),  ExeCom member of the Spanish Environment Club (2008-2012), Exe-Com member of EuCheMS (2010-2013), President Spanish Forum Chemistry and Society (FQyS) (since 2010), Scientific Advisor Foundation to support the Spanish National Science and Technology Museum (since 2012), Vice-President Expoquimia (since 2013), Member of the World Chemical Engineering Council (since 2014), ExeCom member of EFCE (since 2016).

Carlos chairs the next 9th World Congress on Particle Technology (WCPT09, Madrid 2022).




MARCMarc Borrega, PhD

Senior scientist at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

“Hydrothermal processing of biomass as integral part of biorefinery operations”

Marc Borrega is a senior scientist at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. He graduated from University of Lleida (Spain) in 2003 with a MSc degree in Forest Engineering, and from University of Eastern Finland in 2011 with a PhD degree in Wood Science. Before joining VTT in 2017, Marc worked as postdoctoral fellow at MIT (USA) and Aalto University (Finland). He has nearly 10 years of experience in the application of hydrothermal and other chemical treatments for the production of dissolving wood pulps. His research interests include the use of biorefinery concepts for effective fractionation of biomass components, the chemical and structural characterization of lignocellulosic materials, and the utilization of biomass and its fractions in high-value applications. Marc has published nearly 30 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals and given several presentations at international conferences.


ALFRED    Alfred “Al” French, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Retired

“Shapes of xylan molecules”

French retired in January 2014 from the US Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service after 44 years of service but continues on a regular basis in an unofficial Emeritus position. His primary interests are in the structures of carbohydrate materials, especially the cellulose and starch polysaccharides that are so fundamental to agriculture. His molecular modeling research is most widely known, but he has also written a number of papers on the crystal structures of small molecules that aide the understanding of the larger structures for which experimental data is more difficult. Much of the work has been collaborative, with important contributions from his colleagues. His current activities are in electron density analyses that can identify weak interactions that stabilize large structures and their neighbors, as well as improving the understanding of powder diffraction patterns of cellulose. His efforts have been recognized by election to Chair and other leadership positions in the American Chemical Society’s Divisions of Carbohydrate Chemistry and Cellulose and Renewable Materials. He was awarded the Anselme Payen Medal in 2009, the highest award of the Cellulose Division, as well as being one of its Division Fellows. He is also a Fellow of the American Chemical Society. Current service includes: Editor-in-Chief, Cellulose (Springer, 2017 impact factor 3.8). He is especially proud of the 25th Anniversary Special Issue of Cellulose and the papers on ball-milled cellulose.