Engineering Research Seminar Series 32, 2011: Development of Biorefinery Research: A Case Study of the Integration Work on Biodiesel and Biopolymer

Dr John Chi-Wei Lan, assistant Professor from Yuan Ze University (YZU),Taiwan

Date: 2011-08-19
Time: 11:00 to 12:00
Venue: Classroom 6-2-02


The biorefinery is a new concept of an integrated process that converts or extracts biomass feedstock into bio-based products, such as biofuels, biopower, and value-added chemicals. It has drawn much attention to both academia and industrial partners to be involved in science or business development recently. The BBEL group in YZU has been work closely with local firm and other research groups in China and Japan in producing bio-based products from waste feedstock. The talk will present a case study of the integration process for biodiesel production from waste cooking oil and polyhydroxyalkanoates (regarded as bioplastics) derived from crude glycerol (by-product of biodiesel production).

About the Speaker

Dr John Chi-Wei Lan obtained his Ph.D in Chemical Engineering at the University of Birmingham (UK) in 2000. After his Ph.D work on bio-separation, he joined in Academia Sinica (Taiwan) as research fellow in the field of genetic engineering of industrial feed-enzyme. He also ever worked in Yamaguchi University (Japan) as lecturer and researcher in 2004. Dr. Lan expanded his research to biomass energy when he worked for Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI, Taiwan) and was elected as executive secretary in Biomass Energy Society of Taiwan from 2006 to 2008. He became an assistant Professor in Yuan Ze University (YZU) in 2007. Dr. Lan was awarded of “Excellence in Teaching” in university in 2011. Dr. Lan has published 15 journal papers, 4 chapter books