Summary from the 32nd Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals, April 19-22 2010, Clearwater Beach, FL. US – University of Copenhagen

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26 May 2010

Summary from the 32nd Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals, April 19-22 2010, Clearwater Beach, FL. US

The conference had 780 participants, but due to the volcano eruption on Iceland there was very limited participation from North of Europe. From KU-Life Claus Felby and Henning Jørgensen attended the conference.
 
In general there was no breaking news this year with respect to new methods, technologies or fundamental knowledge. The algae hype has declined a bit, and also the hype on last years new hot areas - the production of biobutanol and hydrocarbons - is now gone and research is focusing on trying to solve some of the many problems associated with production of these chemicals. In the pretreatment area ionic liquids are still mentioned as the wonder that is superior to other pretreatment technologies as long as the price and recycling problems are not mentioned.

Detailed summary on the different areas covered at the conference.