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News Release to Members

Ludo Diels
University of Antwerp

Tom Browne
Biorefinery expert

Ludo Diels and Tom Browne to keynote at the inaugural Lignin International Conference

Prof. Ludo Diels works at the University of Antwerp, and is research manager Sustainable Chemistry for the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) in Mol, Belgium. For about 15 years, he managed the Environment and Process Technology Business Unit and is now responsible for the transition toward sustainable chemistry and clean technology.

Prof. Diels will be speaking on: “Membrane separation technology as a valuable and efficient tool in the value chain of wood towards chemicals and materials”.



Tom Browne holds a bachelor`s degree in mechanical engineering and a doctorate in chemical engineering, both from McGill University. He joined FPInnovations in 1994 to work on energy use in pulp and paper processes. As Research Manager for Biorefinery and Bioenergy from 2006 to his retirement in 2016, he managed a research team developing and commercializing novel biorefinery processes for the pulp and paper industry.

Tom Browne will present a seminar entitled: “Commercial uses of kraft lignin: lessons learned”.

The First PAPTAC International Lignin Conference will take place in Edmonton, Alberta on September 18-20, 2018. In a site visit during the last day of the conference, attendees will have the opportunity to tour the first installation of the LignoForce System™ at the West Fraser, Hinton mill in Alberta, Canada.

The final program has not been published yet, but please visit www.ligninconference.com for details and registration

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