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Sustainable Production of Transportation Fuels and Chemicals: Challenges and Opportunities

Location Oostende, Belgium
Date 26 - 28 April 2010
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With crude oil reserves decreasing, oil prices soaring and with increasing concerns about climate change, intense research efforts are being developed all over the world to establish alternatives for the production of transportation fuels and chemicals.

During this strategic workshop keynote speakers in catalysis research elaborated on the crucial role catalysis can play in establishing sustainable and economically feasible alternative production routes. Alternative feedstocks and enabling catalytic technologies were covered by experts in the field.

A thematic approach

The workshop distinguished four themes. Each theme was covered by several experts on the theme.

  • Heavy feedstocks
  • Light alkanes
  • Biomass and renewables
  • Assessment of the technologies

Invited speakers

  • Prof. Gabrieli Centi - University of Messina, Italy
  • Prof. James Dumesic - University of Wisconsin, United States of America
  • Prof. Murray Gray - University of Alberta, Canada
  • Prof. André Faaij - University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Prof. J. Lercher - Technical University of Munich, Germany
  • Dr Rostrup Nielsen - Topsøe, Denmark
  • Prof. Unni Olsbye - University of Oslo, Norway
  • Prof. John Regalbuto - University of Illinois at Chicago, United States of America
  • Prof. Bert Sels - K. U. Leuven, Belgium
  • Prof. Edward Solomon - Stanford University, United States of America
  • Prof. Erik van Steen - University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Prof. Yong Wang Li - Chinese Coal Institute, China
  • Dr Conrad Zhang - KiOR, United States of America

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Organising Committee

Prof. Robert A. Schoonheydt
Catholic University of Leuven, BE

Prof. Rutger A. van Santen
Eindhoven University of Technology, NL

Prof. Bert M. Weckhuysen
Utrecht University, NL

Prof. Miguel A. Bañares
CSIC - Instituto de Catalisis, ES

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Science Officer
COST Office
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B-1050 Brussels
Tel. +32 2 533 3817


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Koningin Astridlaan 7
8400 Oostende

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