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Jean-Michael Lavoie
Assistant Professor, Université de Sherbrooke
Sherbrooke, QC, Canada
Agricultural Waste Utilization Systems
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
4:00 - 4:30 pm

Abstract:  Utilisation of energy crops for the production of biofuels and green chemical will require an optimized utilisation of the carbon content of the expensive lignocellulosic matrix. This presentation will describe strategies to adapt the conversion process to the type and the quality of biomass involved.

Pr Jean-Michel Lavoie did a B.Sc in chemistry at the Université Laval in 1997 with an interest toward organic chemistry and analytical-organic chemistry. In 2001 he started a M.Sc also at the Université Laval but in the Wood chemistry and technology department under the supervision of Pr Tatjana Stevanovic. Four years later (2005), he obtained is Ph.D from the same institution still under the supervision of Pr Stevanovic. Once his Ph.D completed, he joined the Department of chemistry and biochemistry at the Université de Moncton has an assistant professor where he stayed for 2 years. In 2007, he joined the group of the world renowned Pr Esteban Chornet in the Department of chemical engineering at the University of Sherbrooke. In January of 2009, he was hired as an assistant professor in the same department and he is now the chairholder of the Industrial research chair on cellulosic ethanol and second generation biofuel. His field of research is biomass conversion via thermocatalytic pathways, fractionnation and industrial-level organic synthesis. 

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