International Year of Chemistry, 2011

UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization IUPAC - International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry

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International Year of Chemistry 2011

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Kelly Maher Ideas Activities
  • Assistant Director
    Edmonton, AB, Canada
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  • Sector:

    Tertiary Education
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  • IYC Interests:

    Increase the public appreciation and understanding of chemistry
    Encourage interest of young people in chemistry
    Generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry
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Based out of the University of Alberta, the Biorefining Conversions Network (BCN) is an organization working to support provincial research communities in the areas of biorefining and biomass conversion technologies. By striving to form strong partnerships between academia and industry, the BCN promotes research programs that are structured towards achieving commercializable outcomes.

Mission Statement

To support Alberta’s research community, industry, and other partners for the development of advanced technologies to convert biomass into “drop-in” chemicals and fuels compatible with both traditional and emerging industries.

Core Research

The BCN has established a multidisciplinary program targeting development of technologies within three research themes: Biological, Chemical, and Thermal Conversions. The addition of a fourth research theme last winter has expanded the scope of the BCN to include Biomass Pre-processing.The BCN currently has a portfolio of 14 research projects spanning these themes. We are particularly interested in developing technologies to convert renewable biomass feedstock into conventional chemical products.