The FocusLab AP3 is subdivided into four different work packages.
WP1: Biomass production, genotyping and phenotyping. Work package leader: Dr. Silvia Schrey
Perennial plant genetic resources will be unlocked for lignocellulosic biosynthesis and biomass production by genetic analysis of natural variants. Different plant management strategies will be established and applied to perennials to diversify the biomass production.
(Prof. P. Westhoff/ Dr. E. Pestsova, Institute for Developmental and Molecular Biology of Plants, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Core Group Prof. U. Schurr/ Dr. S. Schrey, Institute for Bio- and Geosciences: Plant Sciences, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH)
WP2: OrganoCat process and product development. Work package leader: Dr. Philipp M. Grande
The OrganoCat technology will be further developed towards adaptability for changing feedstock composition and optimized processing conditions. For the purification and recycling a maximal valorization towards high value and bulk chemicals is pursued. Finally, the most promising concepts will be implemented in small technical scale within the NGP² Biorefinery.
(Core Groups Prof. W. Leitner, Institute for Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry, RWTH Aachen University; Prof. U. Schurr/ Dr. Philipp M. Grande, Institute for Bio- and Geosciences: Plant Sciences, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH; Prof. A. Jupke/ T. Maßmann M.Sc, AVT – Fluid Process Engineering, RWTH Aachen University, Prof. A. Mitsos/ Dr. J. Viell, AVT – Process Systems Engineering, RWTH Aachen University)
WP3: Biomass and product characterization. Work package leader: Dr. Murali Dama
Comprehensive analysis of large number of biomass samples - both on plant material from the field and on material product streams of the OrganoCat process will be carried out using state of the art analytical platforms.
(Core Groups Prof. B. Usadel/ Dr. H. Klose, Institute for Botany and Molecular Genetics, RWTH Aachen University, Prof. M. Pauly/ Dr. M. Dama, Institute for Plant Cell Biology and Biotechnology, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf)
WP4: Product and project techno-economic evaluation and exploitation. Work package leader: Dr. Laura Carraresi
Emerging value chains will be analyzed, together with organizational and logistic changes. Relevant industrial sectors and market applications of products deriving from OrganoCat, according to potential further cascade uses, will be assessed.
(Core Group Prof. S. Bröring/ Dr. L. Carraresi, Institute for Food and Resource Economics (ILR), Technology and Innovation Management in Agribusiness, Rheinische-Friedrich-Wilhelms University Bonn (UB). Prof. W. Leitner, Institute for Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry, RWTH Aachen University; Prof. A. Jupke/ T. Maßmann M.Sc, AVT – Fluid Process Engineering, RWTH Aachen University, Prof. A. Mitsos/ Dr. J. Viell, AVT – Process Systems Engineering, RWTH Aachen University)