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CrossOver 2007 Schedule of Events

The event will feature a series of presentations in 9 research tracks, an interactive poster session, plus keynote speakers from industry, government, and academia.

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Keynote Speakers:

Confirmed Keynote Speakers include George Church, Tom Foust, Steve Gray, and Richard Hess.

Schedule of Events for day 1 - tuesday september 4th
12:00–1:00 p.m. Event Registration 117 Auditorium
1:00–1:10 p.m. Welcome by Tom Richard, Director, Penn State Biomass Energy Center and Associate Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering 117 Auditorium
1:10–1:15 p.m. Speaker Introductions by Tom Richard and "Ground Rules" for Afternoon Session 117 Auditorium
1:15–2:00 p.m. Afternoon Keynote Speaker - Tom Foust, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Abstract: "U.S. Department of Energy Biomass Program: Strengthening U.S. Energy Diversity and Security with Abundant Domestic Resources"
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117 Auditorium

2:05 p.m. Break Out Faculty and Invited Guest Presentations Begin

Thermal and Chemical Conversions
Room 129C HUB-Robeson Center

Session Chair: Chunshan Song

Bioelectricity and Biohydrogen
Room 129A/B HUB-Robeson Center

Session Chair: Bruce Logan

Plant Products / Materials
HUB-Robeson Center Auditorium

Session Chair: Daniel Cosgrove

2:05–2:25 p.m.

Abstract: "Biomass Utilization in Stationary Heat & Power Systems: RD&D Activities at Penn State’s Energy Institute"
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Bruce Miller

Abstract: "Cellulose conversion to hydrogen and electricity"
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Jay Regan
Abstract: "Genomics and biotechnology for improved energy from woody biomass"
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John Carlson
2:30–2:50 p.m.

Abstract: Hydrocarbons from Pond Scum
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Paul Painter

"Electricity or hydrogen production using microbial fuel cell technologies"

Bruce Logan
"Improving plant digestibility by in-planta expression of fungal enzymes"

Marcia Buanafina

2:55–3:15 p.m.


Abstract: "Integrated System Approach to Sustainability; Bio-fuels and Bio-refineries"
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Said Elnashaie

Abstract: "Growth and diversity of hydrogen-producing bacteria"
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Mary Ann Bruns
"A novel strategy for lignin modification in poplar"

Ming Tien
3:15 - 3:40 p.m. Afternoon Break
3:40–4:00 p.m. "Catalysis Research for Conversion of Biomass-Derived Liquids to Clean Fuels and Hydrogen"

Chunshan Song
Abstract: "Fermentative hydrogen production: Strain selection and reactor operation"
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Jay Regan
abstract: "Lignocellulose degradation in wood feeding insects"
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Scott Geib
4:05–4:25 p.m. Abstract: "Optimization of Lignin Conversion Processes For Production of Fuels and Value-Added Chemicals"
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Caroline Burgess Clifford
"A Biological-Organic Half-Cell for Photochemical Hydrogen Production"

John Golbeck
"Genetic engineering of algae for biofuels"

Wayne Curtis
4:30–4:50 p.m. "Hydrogen from Biomass for Urban Transportation"
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Yaw Yeboah
"Biosolar Hydrogen Production from Cyanobacteria"

Don Bryant
Abstract: "Steps towards commercialization of expansins for biofuel production"
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Tim Hurley, President, Expansyn Technologies, Inc.
4:50–5:00 p.m. Break
5:00 p.m. Evening Reception - Life Science Building - 3rd and 4th Floor Bridges
5:00–6:20 p.m. Interactive Poster Session - Life Science Building - 3rd and 4th Floor Bridges
6:30–6:45 p.m. Evening Opening Address - Eva J. Pell, Penn State Senior Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate School - Berg Auditorium (100 Life Sciences Building)
6:45–7:30 p.m. Evening Keynote Speaker - George Church, Harvard University - "Reading, writing, and evolving genomes for bioenergy research" - Berg Auditorium (100 Life Sciences Building)

Schedule of Events for day 2 - Wednesday september 5th
7:00–8:00 a.m. Event Registration  
7:30–8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast  
8:00–8:05 a.m. Welcome and Keynote Introduction by Tom Richard, Director, Penn State Biomass Energy Center and Associate Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering 117 Auditorium
8:05–8:35 a.m. Morning Keynote Speaker - Richard Hess, Idaho National Laboratory
Abstract: "Uniform Format Feedstock Supply System Design for Lignocellulosic Biomass"
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117 Auditorium
8:40–9:10 a.m. Morning Keynote Speaker - Tom Richard - Abstract - "Sustainable Bioenergy Systems: From Fields to Wheels"
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117 Auditorium
9:15–9:30 a.m. "What's New in Technology Transfer?" - Eva J. Pell, Senior Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School 117 Auditorium
9:30–9:45 a.m. Recognition of Penn State's 2006 Patent Recipients - Penn State researchers obtained a total of 37 patents, 13 of which were in the life sciences and 22 in the physical science-related technologies. Please join us in recognizing their contributions to the University and society. 117 Auditorium
9:45–10:15 a.m. Morning Break - Tour Bioenergy Displays on HUB-Robeson Lawn

10:15 a.m. Break Out Faculty and Invited Guest Presentations Begin

Next Generation Biorefineries
Room 129A/B HUB-Robeson Center

Session Chair: Tom Richard

Biomass Feedstocks
HUB-Robeson Center Auditorium

Session Chair: Mark Guiltinan

Advanced Power Generation
Room 129C HUB-Robeson Center

Session Chair: John Siggins

10:15–10:35 a.m. "Biorefineries of the Past, Present, and Future"

Charles Abbas, ADM

"Forages as bioenergy crops"

Matt Sandersen

Abstract: "Biogas Fuels for Distributed Power Generation in Microturbines"
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Jeffrey Armstrong and Jim Watts, Ingersoll Rand
10:40–11:00 a.m. Abstract: "Industrial Ecology of the Modern Biorefinery"
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Rob Anex, Iowa State University

"Life cycle greenhouse gas emissions from bioenergy crops"

Paul Adler

"The Application of Biomass Fuels and Processes to Distributed and Renewable Energy Systems"

Tom Hughes

11:05–11:25 a.m. "Commercialization of Biorefinery: A Consolidated Approach with Special Reference to Novel Biocatalyst Development for Biomass Sugars Fermentation"

Mohammed Moniruzzaman, Vice President, Biomass Technology, BioEnergy International

Abstract: "Forest Fuels - - How Can Trees Keep Wheels Turning?"
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John Karakash, Suez Energy Northumberland Cogeneration

"Gas Turbine Performance and Operability on Biogas Fuels"

Jong-Guen Lee

11:30–11:50 a.m. Abstract: "Biorefineries of 2030: Assessing the Potential"
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Mark Laser, Dartmouth College
Abstract: "Sustainable bioenergy grain crop production systems"
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Greg Roth
Abstract: "Biomass Fuel Applications in IC Engines"
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André L. Boehman
11:50 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch and Poster Session
Secretary's Address and Keynote Speaker
12:00–12:15 p.m.

Secretary's Address: Kathleen McGinty, Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection - 117 HUB-Robeson Auditorium

12:15–1:15 p.m. Lunch and Interactive Poster Session - HUB-Robeson Alumni Hall Ball Room
1:15–1:45 p.m. Afternoon Keynote Speaker - Steve Gray, Vice President, Global Technology GE Transportation Systems - "Bioenergy: From Fields to Wheels" - 117 HUB-Robeson Auditorium
2:00 p.m. Afternoon Break Out Sessions Begin

Fermentations and Bioreactors
HUB-Robeson Center Auditorium

Session Chair: Andrew Zydney

Socio-economic and Policy Implications
Room 129C HUB-Robeson Center

Session Chair: Clare Hinrichs

Room 129A/B HUB-Robeson Center

Session Chair: John Siggins

2:00–2:20 p.m. Abstract: "Biofilm bioreactors for biofuel productions"
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Ali Demirci
Abstract: "Local Economic Implications of Bioenergy"
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John Urbanchuk, Director, LECG LLC, Wayne, PA
Abstract: “Novel heterogeneous catalysts for the production of green biodiesel”
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Jack Matson
2:25–2:45 p.m. "Analysis of cofactor usage and yield in E. coli strains engineered for xylitol production"

Patrick Cirino
Abstract: "Farmers as Feedstock Producers"
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Clare Hinrichs

"Bio Fuels - Good Idea, How Do We Enable Widespread Adaptation"

Doug Shand, CEO - Amerigreen Biofuels

2:50–3:10 p.m. Abstract: "Membrane Separations — Opportunities in Bioenergy Production" Download Presentation

Andrew Zydney
Abstract: "Getting a lift from biofuels: community economic policy for energy development"
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Amy Glasmeier
Abstract: "Tractors without Tankers: Converting the Penn State Fleet to Biodiesel"
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Glen Cauffman, Penn State University, and Paul Trella, New Holland Agricultural Tractors
3:15–3:35 p.m. Abstract: "Biomass Fermentation during Wet Storage: How Does It Fit?"
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Corey Radtke, Idaho National Laboratory
Abstract: "Intellectual Property and Patent Issues for the Emerging Bioenergy Sector"
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Dan Cahoy
Abstract: "The strategic importance of biofuels in American agriculture"
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Troy E. Price
; Vice President North American Sales - New Holland Agriculture
3:40–4:00 p.m. "Ensilage: A Biological Platform for Biomass Pretreatment"
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Tom Richard (Substitute for Greg Ferry)
Abstract: "Ethanol Blended Gasoline and Pennsylvania: A Supply Chain Overview"
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Evelyn Thomchick
"The good and dark side of biodiesel"

Joseph Perez
4:05–4:25 p.m. Abstract: "Computational Modeling and Visualization of Cellulase Enzymes in Action"
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Linghao Zhong
"Greening Green Energy: Using Carbon Credits as Incentives to Reduce GHG Emissions"

Scott Subler, President, Environmental Credit Corporation
Abstract: "It's the Feedstock - Technology -Logistics....Dummy?"
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Dr. Robert Capretto, Freedom Energy LLC