Symposium on Chemo/Bio Catalysis and Synthetic Biology for Sustainable Chemistry and Green Transition

Joint event by the EU “ACTPAC” project and DFF2 “C1-to-Cn Biopath” project

Green transition is the central research mission of the European Commission. Upcycling of plastic wastes and bio-mitigation of CO2 are the major technical challenges to address EU’s mission and UN’s sustainable development goals. In this joint symposium, scientists from the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, and Denmark will give a series of lectures on “Chemo-catalytic depolymerization of C-C backboned plastics”, “Biocatalytic transformation of alkanes into monomers”, and “Engineering of the central metabolic pathways for CO2 assimilation and transformation into high-value chemicals” to report their latest research progress.

You are invited to attend this symposium to have a chance to discuss exciting science with pioneer researchers in the field of green transition.

Time and place:

Friday – April 12th, 2024

Aarhus University, Bldg. 1423/111 Stakladen, Frederik Nielsens Vej 2, 8000 Aarhus C



The symposium is open for all interested, free of charge and lunch is included.

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8.30 – 8.50

Registration – coffee & bread

8.50 – 9.00

Welcome by Prof. Dr. Zheng Guo, Aarhus University

Chemical Catalysis and Polymer Science

Chair: Prof. Dr. Bert M. Weckhuysen

9.00 – 9.35

Lecture 1:

Creating Value from Plastics through Chemistry and Catalysis: Advances in Chemical Recycling of Plastic Waste

Prof. Dr. Bert M. Weckhuysen, Utrecht University

9.35 – 10.10

Lecture 2:

Advancements in CO2 Electrocatalysis: The Critical Role of Advanced Functional Materials

Prof. Dr. Kim Daasbjerg, Aarhus University

10.10 – 10.20

Coffee break

10.20 – 10.55

Lecture 3:

Oligosaccharide dehydrogenases: New LPMO redox partners

Prof. Dr. Maher Abou Hachem, Technical University of Denmark 

10.55 – 11.30

Lecture 4:

Chemical recycling of plastics via hydrothermal depolymerization

Dr. Patrick Biller, Aarhus University

11.30 – 12.15

Lunch break

Biocatalysis and Synthetic Biology

Chair: Prof. Dr. Diethard Mattanovich

12.15 – 12.50

Lecture 5:

CO2 Capture and Conversion to Base Chemicals by Engineered Autotrophic Yeast

Prof. Dr. Diethard Mattanovich, BOKU University Vienna

12.50 – 13.25

Lecture 6:

Engineering of unconventional host microbes towards valuable and synthetic monomers and (bio)polymers

Prof. Dr. Jochen Schmid, University of Münster

13.25 – 13.35

Coffee break

13.35 – 14.10

Lecture 7:

Making sustainable products with microbial chemistry

Dr. Pablo Cruz-Morales, Technical University of Denmark

14.10 – 14.45

Lecture 8:

Enzymatic synthesis of hydroxy fatty acids: From enzyme discovery to protein engineering

Dr. Bekir Engin Eser, Aarhus University

14.45 – 15.00

Closing remarks by Prof. Dr. Zheng Guo, Aarhus University