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Sustainable aviation fuel: First Friday Research Highlights - September 2018

Event details
Friday, 7 September 2018
12:00 pm – 12:40 pm
This event will be live streamed via webcast
Webinar series to highlight and question research areas in the sustainable aviation fuel supply chain

Join us in a series of lunchtime talks to highlight the research areas key to supporting the creation of the UK sustainable aviation fuel supply chain.

Running on the first Friday of the month, you will hear from a selection of themed talks followed by an opportunity to ask questions and stimulate dialogue. Aimed at businesses, researchers, policy makers and investors, the research programme will support the development of collaborations and inform stakeholders of UK’s innovative research capability.

First Friday Research Highlights are being delivered by KTN’s Sustainable Aviation Fuel Special Interest Group (SAF SIG), a two year programme sponsored by Innovate UK, Department for Transport and Sustainable Aviation. You can find out more about the SAF SIG and receive email and newsletter alerts on funding, news and events relating to SAF at

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To listen to a webinar, you must register for the date/s you are interested in. Please note, to register for multiple webinars, you must do so separately. A list of speakers per date can be found below and will be updated regularly.


Friday 7 September 2018: Pre-treatment

Raj Mistry from KTN will welcome:

Ana Casas, BioRenewables Development Centre

Jason Hallett, Chrysalix

Beryl Archer, Sci Green Innovations Ltd


Ana Casas, Biorenewables Development Centre

Overview of the capabilities of the Biorenewables Development Centre in biomass pre-treatments

In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in the concept of biorefinery and the development of a sustainable economy based on biomass resources. In this context, the production of biofulels and chemicals from non-food biomass sources such as lignocellulosic biomass has attracted the interest of many researchers and companies. However, the conversion of lignocellulosic materials into biofuels and chemicals is challenging, due to the complex and recalcitrant nature of these materials, and therefore pre-treatment step to improve the digestibility of the biomass is a crucial step in the valorisation of these resources. Biomass Pre-treatments is one of the core areas at the BDC. The scope of this core area is to develop expertise in chemical and thermochemical methods to reduce biomass recalcitrance and improve its digestibility. The BDC have a variety of pieces of equipment to perform biomass pre-treatments, and the team has worked with a range of challenging feedstocks in this area such as miscanthus, straw, bread waste, cocoa pod husks and construction waste, aiming at improving their digestibility and/pr producing carbohydrates or sugars from these materials. The BDC have also performed a variety of pre-treatments for their customers, ranging from conventional acid, alkali or enzymatic treatments, to more novel pre-treaments, for example using ionic liquids.

Jason Hallett, Chrysalix Ltd

Sustainable Aviation Fuels Produced from Next-Generation Waste Resources

It is imperative that we decarbonise the aviation sector by replacing fossil-derived fuels with bio-derived fuels. In this presentation I will discuss the current state-of-the-art in next generation transport fuels and discuss the possibilities of applying Chrysalix Technologies’ patented BioFlex process to turn contaminated waste into high-quality liquid fuels.

Beryl Archer, SCI Green Innovations Ltd

Supercritical Processing and Sustainability in the Aviation Industry

Dr. Beryl U Archer is the CEO of SCI Green Innovations Ltd which specialises in using supercritical technologies for sustainable processes that offer bespoke solutions to the recycling, detoxification, purification and separation of valuable materials.