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Southeast Asia has plenty of renewable resources and is therefore a great potential hub for biobased chemical and fuel industries. Aiming to promote greater integration between biobased fuels/chemicals R&D and commercialization in Southeast Asia, BioEnergy Society of Singapore (BESS) held its biannual conference on bioenergy and biorefinery on 26-28 Mar 2013 in Singapore to bring together all parties interested in the development of Southeast Asia’s bioenergy and biorenewables capacity.

Scientists from universities and research institutes, policy makers and industrial professionals from 48 organizations and 11 different countries attended this conference. In total, 34 oral presentations and 23 posters were presented at the conference. Six posters were selected for the bes poster awards.



First Prize:

  • Direct biofuel conversion from biomass with simultaneous consumption of pentose and hexose sugars by minicellulosome containing xylanase and cellulase in Pichia pastoris, Prof. Sung Ok HAN, Division of Biotechnology, College of Life Sciences & Biotechnology, Korea University, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Second Prizes:

  • Bioconversion of hemicellulose to xylose, by Mr. LAM Yuen Sean, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, National University of Singapore
  • Xylose-fermenting Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain construction through the overexpression of a novel bacterial xylose isomerase, by Mr. PENG Bingyin, School of Life Sciences and Chemical Technology, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore.

Third Prizes:

  • Optimization of enzyme production by gamma irradiation mutation of fungal whole-cell solutions  for pre-treatment of lignocellulosic biomass, by Mr.  Christoph OTTENHEIM, Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences (ICES), A*star, Singapore
  • Catalytic aqueous phase reforming of glycerol for hydrogen production over Pt-based catalyst supported on carbon nanotubes, by Mr. HE Chao, Residues and Resource Reclamation Centre, Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute, Nanyang Technological University
  • Butanol production from renewable biomass by a novel Clostridia mutant, by Dr. MIAO Huang, School of Applied Science, Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore.

Conference programme:

Please click HERE for final conference programme.

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BESS past events:

Biorenewables Workshop and BESS AGM 2012

BESS Workshop on Bioresources to Fuels and Chemicals 2012

Bioenergy symposium cum AGM 2011

Bioenergy and Biorefinery Conference - Southeast Asia 2011

Bioenergy Seminar 2010

Singapore BioEnergy Conference 2009 - From R&D to Commercialization



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