Bioeconomy Science Center
Research and cooperation for a sustainable bioeconomy

Bioeconomy Science Center
Research and cooperation for a sustainable bioeconomy

7th BioSC Spotlight

"Modular biotransformations in a circular bioeconomy"

February 5, 2020 | 10:30 am - 5:00 pm | RWTH Aachen

NGP2 - Center for Next Generation Processes and Products | Forckenbeckstr. 51 | 52074 Aachen

Photos: HHU Düsseldorf, RWTH Aachen University


The production of bulk and fine chemicals in a circular bioeconomy will be characterized by new process chains where biotransformations will play an important role. Biogenic raw materials will cover a wide range of qualities and quantities, from perennial biomass to agricultural waste streams, complemented by non-biogenic carbon sources such as CO2 or plastic waste. To deal with this broad spectrum, the conventional „One substrate – one product“ way of production needs to be evolved to complex „Multi substrate – multi product“ process chains where classical chemical transformations and biotransformations are combined. Tailored biosynthetic pathways for the production of high-value compounds can be developed with the tools of Synthetic Biology. The entire transformation process also requires the development of integrated and flexible biorefinery concepts. In order to generate the highest possible added value and ensure the efficient use of raw materials, a holistic process approach is of great interest. In the frame of the 6th BioSC Spotlight, current developments will be presented and discussed by BioSC scientists and external experts.


Registration is open! Please register by 20 January 2020 under the following link:

Preliminary Agenda

10:30 Welcome and Introduction 


From Carbon Streams to Precursors

Session Chair: Dr. Stephan Noack (Forschungszentrum Jülich/ BioSC)


From lignin to central metabolites – key questions and some insight from a five year project
Prof. Dr. Gunnar Lidén, Lund University

Bio-upcycling of PET into value-added chemicals
Maike Otto, Forschungszentrum Jülich/ BioSC

Extending the menu of a pampered industrial bug to create new value chains
Dr. Stephan Noack, Forschungszentrum Jülich/ BioS




Microbial Production of Bulk Chemicals

Session Chair: Dr. Nina Ihling (RWTH Aachen University/ BioSC)


Dr. Susanne Zibek, Fraunhofer IGB, Stuttgart

Prof. Dr. Andreas Jupke, RWTH Aachen University/ BioSC

Construction of bacterial cell factories for heterologous rhamnolipid production
Isabel Bator, RTWH Aachen University/ BioSC
Sonja Kubicki, HHU Düsseldorf / BioSC

14:45 Coffee break
SynBio-Based Production of Fine Chemicals
Session Chair: Dr. Anita Loeschcke (HHU Düsseldorf/ BioSC)
16:45 Closing remarks  

Get-together with snacks and drinks

Guided tours throght the NGP2 biorefinery