Carbon Tech Symposium
The Carbon Tech Symposium on April 25, 2023 in Groningen, brings together established and emerging researchers from academia and industry. They will discuss the latest advances in biological and chemical CO2 utilization and, to speculate on future directions for the fields.

The aim for the two distinct communities is to interact, learn from each other and get inspiration on strategies to overcome technical challenges in each research field. The one-day symposium will cover various cutting edge topics in the field, focusing on technologies that use CO₂ or CO from industrial off-gases and/or CO₂ from the air as a resource to produce materials, fuels and food/feed ingredients, fueled by green energy and hydrogen.

Speed-Dating and Panel discussion 

In addition to various lectures by invited experts in the field, the program will include a Speed-Dating session and a Panel discussion to enable sufficient time for exchange between participants.

Target audience

Organized by Sandy Schmidt (Groningen Research Institute of Pharmacy) and Jinxiu Xie (Engineering and Technology Institute Groningen), two young PIs from the University of  Groningen, the symposium is directed at students, PhD candidates, postdocs, PIs, and industry representatives to feature the research in the field of (but not limited to):

  • Catalyst development to produce fuels and building blocks from CO2
  • Advanced reactor technologies
  • Genetic and metabolic engineering of bacteria for C1 feedstock utilization
  • Gas fermentation
  • (Microbial) electrosynthesis
No fees. Registration is open until 18th of April 2023.
Please register via this form.

The number of participants is limited to 100.

The symposium is sponsored by the University of Groningen’s research institutes ENTEG and GRIP as well as the EU project ‘ConCO2rde’ and supported by the National Growth Fund initiative FutureCarbonNL.

Symposium program  
all times are CET
9.30 am
(location: Energy Academy Building, Zernike Campus, Groningen)
10.00 am

Jingxiu Xie & Sandy Schmidt – University of Groningen (NL)

Session 1
Chair: Jingxiu Xie
10.10 am
LECTURE Wim Brilman – University of Twente (NL)
Process development for a carbon-neutral society: from direct air capture to methanol (and beyond)
10.50 a.m
LECTURE Leendert Benzemer – Shell Global Solutions International B.V. (NL)
Thermo catalytic production of sustainable hydrocarbons from CO2 and CO
11.20 am
12.20 pm
Session 2
Chair: Sandy Schmidt
13.20 pm
LECTURE Diana Z. Sousa – Wageningen University (NL)
One-carbon Dinner for Two (or more!): Conversion of CO by Synthetic Microbial Co-cultures
14.00 pm
LECTURE Jan Wery – Photanol B.V. (NL)
Cyanobacteria as cell factories for chemical production from CO2
14.30 pm
LECTURE Ludovic Jourdin – Delft University of Technology (NL)
‘CO2 electrolysis: how about microbes as catalysts?’
15.00 pm
Session 3
Chair: Jingxiu Xie, Sandy Schmidt
15.20 pm
LECTURE Emiel J.M. Hensen – Eindhoven University of Technology (NL)
Catalytic aspects of CO2 hydrogenation for energy storage
16.00 pm

Opened by Matthias Heinemann introducing the National Growthfund Initiative FutureCarbonNL

16.50 pm
Jingxiu Xie & Sandy Schmidt – University of Groningen (NL)
17.00 pm

(location: Energy Academy Building, Zernike Campus, Groningen)

Energy Academy Building, Zernike Campus, Groningen, The Netherlands.
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Register here