Theme: Value adding to bagasse

The webinar is planned for 28 July 2022 from 11:00am GMT – 1:00pm GMT

The ISSCT Co-product Commissioner will chair the event with presentations from:

  • Mercurius Biorefining, USA + QUT, Australia
  • Kasetsart University, Thailand
  • Praj Industries, India
  • Raizen, Brazil
  • CNPEM, Brazil
  • CENICAÑA, Colombia
  • Audubon Sugar Institute, USA


The webinar will be conducted in English.


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Further information

For further information, please contact the ISSCT Co-products Commission –Bryan Lavarack or the ISSCT Secretariat at;


11:00 GMT – Welcome by Bryan Lavarack

11:00 – 11:20 am GMT – Presentation 1

Mercurius REACH technology – Pilot demonstration

Karl Seck (Mercurius Biorefining, USA) and Dr. Darryn Rackemann (QUT, Australia).

Karl received a BS Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kansas and is the CEO/President and Founder of Mercurius Biorefining Inc. a company formed to develop and commercialize transformational technology to efficiently convert biomass into drop-in biofuels and green chemicals. Karl has spent most of his career in the petroleum refining field as a process engineer, holding design, technical services, optimization, and operations management positions with three oil companies: Conoco, Sunoco, and Clark. After working for a mid-sized engineering firm, Karl started his own process consulting service in 2001 to provide optimization services to the petroleum industry. Karl is now overseeing the pilot scale demonstration of the Mercurius REACH process in Mackay using sugarcane bagasse.

Darryn is a senior chemical engineer in the Centre for Agriculture and the Bioeconomy, with Queensland University of Technology. He has over 20 years R&D experience in the cane sugar production industry. Darryn completed his Masters in engineering at JCU specializing in sugar crystallization and completed a Chemistry PhD at QUT examining value-added chemicals produced from bagasse. Darryn’s current research interests are in the valorisation of sugar industry products to value added beverages, chemicals, fuels and materials.

11:20 – 11:40 am GMT – Presentation 2

Cellulosic fibers from sugarcane bagasse for diverse applications

Associate Prof. Prakit Sukayi (Kasetsart University, Thailand)

Associate Prof. Prakit Sukayi is a Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Head of the department of Biotechnology, faculty of Agro-Industry, Kasetsart University, Thailand for over 10 years. He was a post-doctoral fellow in Biocomposites from Seoul National University, South Korea. Prior to that, he obtained Dr.nat.techn. (Food Biotechnology) from University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria and Master of Science (Biotechnology), Kasetsart University, Thailand. He is the head of Cellulose for Future Materials and Technologies Special Research Unit, with not less than ten postgraduate including international students in his unit researching into but not limited to, the utilization of agro-industrial waste such as extraction of cellulose nanocrystal from sugarcane and cassava bagasse and energy cane using enzymatic process.  Extraction of bioactive compound from plant extracts such as coconut husk, jack fruit, rambutan peel and sappan wood. Synthesis and modification of bacterial cellulose (nanocellulose, nanofibrils, nanocrystals and alignment). Its utilization as structural framework and a carrier of bioactive compound such as turmeric, hydroxyapatite and magnetic nanoparticles as scaffold for tissue repair and regeneration (bone tissue, wound dressing, skin and face masks). He has gained national recognition in his research as “Outstanding Research Awards” from National Research Council of Thailand, in 2018 and Science and Technology Research Grant from Thailand Toray Science Foundation in 2021. He has a hardworking research team who works assiduously to achieve their project objectives within stipulated time. His department and the university as whole has state of the art facilities when it comes to biomass conversion, biomolecules production and material characterization.

11:40 am – 12:00 pm GMT – Presentation 3

Technology developments for low CI Ethanol

Presenter Yash Mankame (Praj Industries, India)

Yash Mankame is Head of Business Development (Ethanol) at Praj Industries Ltd. Praj is leader in Bio-economy, specialising in Technology, Engineering and supply of 1st Gen and 2nd Gen Ethanol plants, Bio-CNG plants and waste-water treatment solutions.

Yash is a Chemical Engineer by qualification and has more than 30 years of experience in Bio-energy space. He has been involved in development of more than 50 Bio-energy projects from conceptualisation to commercial production.

12:00 – 12:20 pm GMT – Presentation 4

Second generation ethanol production at Raizen in Brazil

Marisa A. Lima Coral (Raizen, Brazil)

Marisa Coral, Corporate E2G Process manager at Raizen (Piracicaba/SP – Brazil), studied Biology (2006) at University Federal of Alfenas/MG, with a master degree in Bioprocess Engineering at Federal University of Paraná/PR (2009) and was awarded a PhD in Molecular Biophysics applied to Bioenergy (2013) from the University of São Paulo at Physics Institute of São Carlos/SP, worked as research fellow at University of York (2012) on Center for Novel Agricultural Products (CNAP). Worked also as Research Scientist and Project Leader for new enzymes development at Novozymes, focusing on biorefinary, enzyme application and up scaling (2013/2016). In 2016, joined Raizen Cellulosic Ethanol Program as Bioprocess Specialist and since then have being working on new technologies development to overcome this new industry challenges, also looking for new opportunities on new products development with higher added value and sustainability for the sugarcane industry. In 2018 assumed the E2G Process and Quality Control management at Costa Pinto industrial plant, focusing on industrial process optimization. Since 2020, have been working on project engineering and investment approval for new E2G plants, as Corporate E2G manager.12:20 – 12:40pm GMT.

12:20 – 12:40pm GMT – Presentation 5

Sugarcane Agricultural Residues (SAR) alternative  processing

Dr. Regis Leal (CNPEM, Brazil)

Dr. Manoel Regis Lima Verde Leal has been at LNBR – Brazilian Biorenewables National Laboratory of CNPEM – Brazilian Center for Research in Energy and Materials (CNPEM) since 2009.  Initially as Coordinator of the Sustainability Program. His work in the past three decades has been focused on the study of potential evolution of the technologies applied in the exploiting sugar cane as energy source for the production of ethanol and electricity aiming at the improvement of the Sustainability indicators of bioethanol. Before that he worked at Copersucar Technology Center (CTC) from 1986 to 2004 and Promon Engenharia from 1974 to 1986. Prior to that, he held teaching positions at the Aeronautical Institute of Technology (ITA) and Federal University of Ceará. He was the ISSCT (International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists) Co-Products Commissioner during three periods and he was the National Team Leader representing Brazil in the Task 38 (Greenhouse Gas Balances and Bioenergy Systems) of the IEA (International Energy Agency) Bioenergy, from 2009 to 2015. He is an ISSCT Honorary Life Member. He graduated in Aeronautic Engineering at the Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronática (Brazil) and holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas State University (USA).

12:40 – 1:00pm GMT – Presentation 6

Integrated scheme for the thermal and biochemical use of sugarcane harvesting residues in the Colombian context

David Palacios (CENICAÑA, Sugarcane Research Centre, Colombia)

David Palacios-Garcia is a Chemical Engineer with a Master degree in Sustainable Energy Technologies from University of Twente in Netherlands. Over the last 7 years, He has been working as a researcher in the Colombian Sugarcane Research Center (Cenicaña) giving support to sugar and fuel ethanol production plants in Colombia. His experience is associated with the field of chemical and biochemical transformation of lignocellulosic biomasses, production of 1G ethanol, and life cycle assessment of sugar and fuel alcohol from sugarcane.

1:00 – 1:20pm GMT – Presentation 7

Unlocking the Real Potential of Black Soldier Fly Larvae Protein and Lipid Derivatives from Cane By-products as Animal Feed

Dr. Giovanna Aita (Audubon Sugar Institute, Louisiana State University, USA)

Dr. Giovanna M. Aita is a tenured Professor at the Audubon Sugar Institute at Louisiana State University Agricultural Center with adjunct appointments in the School of Nutrition and Food Sciences and in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. She has over 20 years of research experience focusing on the bioconversion of renewable biomass (agricultural and woody residues) and sugarcane by-products into alternative chemicals, with applications in the sugar, food, nutraceutical, and pharmaceutical industries.  Dr. Aita’s research has resulted in over 80 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, and in the recruitment and mentoring of graduate students, research associates, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting scholars, as well as recognition from both industry and academia. Dr. Aita has received research funding from federal agencies, state agencies, non-profit organizations, and industry totaling USD$14M. She holds B.S. (biology) and M.S. (food microbiology) degrees from Clemson University, and a Ph.D. degree in microbiology from the School of Nutrition and Food Sciences at Louisiana State University.

General Discussion