The urgent need to accelerate the transition toward a world beyond fossils and circular bioeconomy requires the development of biorefineries with different chemical trees from fossil-based ones. Lignin-first biorefinery demonstrated by Lignum, a start-up in South Korea, will be introduced along with their activities in developing biobased fillers and valorization of sugar streams from the biorefinery. Application of SSEIF® in thermoplastics in automotives, rubbers & elastomers, electrical cable compounds, 3D printing filaments, and biodegradable agricultural mulching films are a few of examples where SSEIF® will make differences. In this presentation, the characteristics of SSEIF® and its applications will be discussed from the perspectives of various applications of biobased fillers.
Who Should Watch?
Oh-Jin Park, biochemical engineer, studied biochemical engineering at Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST) from 1987 to 1997 (advisor : Prof. Ji-Won Yang). He performed postdoctoral researches at Institute of Food Research (Reading, UK with Dr. Evgeny Vulfson and Department of Chemical Engineering of Rensselaer Polytech Institute (Troy, NY with Prof. Jonathan Dordick). Returning to Korea he worked at a startup company, Enzychem, and conducted research on improvement of enzymes through directed evolution at Department of Life Sciences at KAIST with Prof. Hak-Sung Kim, where he employed biocatalysts (hydanoinases) to synthesize unnatural amino acids. He joined LG Chem where he participated in the development of enzyme-catalyzed processes for synthesis of agrochemical and pharmaceutical intermediates. He also participated in the industrial biotechnology research program at LG Chem R&D Park.
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