PROGRESS REPORT Reporting Period: from 1 January 2011 – 31 December 2011
This Report is presented to the relevant Domain Committee.
It contains three parts:
I. Management Reportprepared by the COST Office/Grant Holder
II. Scientific Report prepared by the Chair of the Management Committee of the Action
III. Previous versions of the Scientific Report; i.e., part II of past reporting periods
Executive summary (max.250 words):
FP0901 has now been running for 26 months altogether and the number of COST countries participating is currently 27 and four active non-COST members (two reciprocal agreements). The number of registered participants is about 136, of which about 100 have been actively participating. The number of female participants is very good, being about 50% and the number of ESRs is still growing, now being close to 50%. Notable is that the Chair is still an ESR. The number of joint publications by the partners involved in FP0901 in the field of the Action is up to now 43 (17+26). The industry has also shown appreciable interest in the Action one important task is still to involve them also on a practical plane, not only as watchers. From scientific and networking aspects, the main success stories have definitely been the successful STSM visits. 13 STSMs have so far been finished and 6 of these have been by female ESRs. The introduction of analytical Round Robin type activities have also been important and will allow the Action to develop and get closer to reaching the goals. It is also nice to see that especially ESR’s and also young female researchers seem to have found activities within the Action. The Chair, Steering Group, and some MC members have actively been promoting the Action at conferences and meetings, as well as in direct contacts with the industry. FP0901 has had joint activities both with other Actions and EU projects.
I. Management Report prepared by the COST Office/Grant Holder I.A. COST Action Fact Sheet
COST ActionFP0901, Analytical Techniques for Biorefineries
Domain Forests, their Products and Services (FPS)
End date: 14/10/2013
Entry into force:11/07/2009
Trees, annual and perennial plants, recycled fibres, and lignocellulosic side streams from forest and agroindustry are renewable resources for the development of natural materials, biochemicals, and bioenergy. The chemical complexity of plant materials, the feed material of Biorefineries, renders the analyses of the feed constituents, processes, and valorised products challenging. The main objective of the Action is to develop new and evaluate existing analytical methods related to forest-based and agroindustrial Biorefineries. Thus, the Action covers the analytical methods for the Biorefinery feed material and for processed biochemicals, biomaterials, and process residues. Especially analytical pretreatments will be evaluated. Critical steps are the representativeness of the sampling and samples, the extraction, fractionation, and sample storage methods applied. New methods will be applied and evaluated for their relevance. Other emphasised areas will be development of analytical on-line applications, hyphenated techniques, and applying statistical multicomponent analyses to sort out the relevant data from the main data stream. The European forest-based, bioenergy-based and agroindustrial industries will benefit from the Action in receiving relevant information on their developments of sustainable and environmentally benign solutions for novel utilisation of renewable resources. The development of analytical tools will lead to cost effective and sustainable processes and products.
Members of WG: Mehrdad Arshadi (SE), Christos G. Athanassiou (GR), Søren Barsberg (DK), Sylwia Bialczuk(FI), Anna Bogolitsyna (AT), José C del Rio (ES), Wolfram Dietz (DE), Tatiana Dizhbite (LV), Lucia Dumitrescu (RO), Cazacu Georgeta (RO), Richard Gosselink (NL), Janis Gravitis (LV), Stephen Harding (UK), Jorn Heerenklage (DE), Callum Hill (UK), Zdenka Hromadkova (SK), Ari Ivaska (FI), Anna Jacobs (SE), Ayben Kılıç (TR), Petri Kilpeläinen (FI), Zuzana Kostalova (SK), Mirjana Kostic (RS), Jens Krogell (FI), Jalel Labidi (ES), Walter Milacher (AT), Nils-Olof Nilvebrandt (NO), Marco Orlandi (IT), Hannu Pakkanen (FI), Maria Cristina Popescu (RO), Andrey Pranovich (FI), Ritva Savolainen (FI), Selim Şen (TR), Huesyin Sivrikaya (TR), Daniel Stratev (AT), Maija Tenkanen (FI), Thomas Ters (AT), Ibrahim Tumen (TR), Päivi Tuomainen (FI), Caroline Vanderghem (BE), Cornelia Vasile (RO), Stefan Voorspoels (BE), Anna Wajs (PL), Bjørge Westereng (NO), Stefan Willför (FI), Elisabeth Windeisen (DE)
WG2: Characterization of processed biochemicals and biomaterials
WG2 Leader: Claudia Crestini (IT)
Members of WG: Mehrdad Arshadi (SE), Daniela Manea (RO), Stefan Voorspoels (BE), Valentin Popa (RO), Irina Volf (RO), Petronela Nechita (RO), Daniela Manea (RO), Ioana Ignat (RO), Cornelia Vasile (RO), Diana Ciolacu (RO), Mihaela Popescu (RO), Raluca Dumitriu (RO), Claudia Crestini (IT), Raffaele Saladino (IT), Tarja Tamminen (FI), Torbjorn Lestander (SE), Ingvild A. Johnsen (NO), Richard Gosselink (NL), Lari Vähäsalo (FI), Ann-Sofie Leppänen (FI), Victor Kisonen (FI), Michael Schrems (AT), Petronela Nechita (RO), Sanchi Nenkova (BG), Ivo Valchev (BG), Danilson Da Silva Perez (FR), Janis Gravitis (LV), Tatiana Dizhbite (LV), Karin Fackler (AT), Klaus Niemelä (FI), Søren Barsberg (DK), Dimitris S. Argyropoulos (US), Jurgen Puls (DE), Anna Sundberg (FI), Caroline Vanderghem (BE), Koel Mihke (EE), Hannu Ilvesniemi (FI), Emrah Dönmez (TR)
WG3: Characterization and fate of process residues
WG3 Leader: Elisabeth Sjöholm (SE)
Members of WG: Brebu Mihai (RO), Totolin Marian (RO), Irina Volf (RO), Teodor Malutan (RO), Alina Stingu (RO), Anca Hainal (RO), Camelia Draghici (RO), Lucia Dumitrescu (RO), Mihaela Sica (RO), Ileana Manciulea (RO), Crsitina Aurica Bogatu (RO), Janis Gravitis (LV), Emmanuel G. Koukios (GR), Stylianos AVELAKIS (GR), Emmnaouil AVGERINOS (GR), Lamprini DIAMANTOPOULOU (GR), lazaros KARAOGLANOGLOU(GR), Ioannins OANAGIOTOPOULOS (GR), Dionyssios Perdikis (GR), Bodo Saake (DE), Stefan Voorspoels (BE), Domien De Paepe (BE), Frédérique Bertaud (FR), Ida Brodin (SE), Johanna Persson (SE), Fredrik Aldeus (SE), Elisabeth Sjöholm (SE), Per Lindgren (SE), Jääskeläinen Anna-Stiina (FI), Matti Häärä (FI), Johan Henriksson (SE), Kurt Messner (AT), Tatiana Dizhbite (LV), Celal DURAN (TR), Antje Potthast (AT), Akın Saraçbaşı (TR), Juan Carlos Parajó (ES), Bishop (Bruce) Sithole (SA), Nikolay Yosifov (BG), Hanna Schweinebarth (SE), Johannes Kappen (DE), Regina Fuchs (DE)