Cedric Briens named Scientific Director of Lignoworks

Cedric Briens

Western Engineering News | February 2, 2013

Western Engineering professor Cedric Briens has been named the Scientific Director of Lignoworks – an NSERC research network that strives to provide alternatives to fossil fuel feedstocks by creating technology platforms for lignin-based chemicals and materials.

At total of 15 professors from eight different universities from across Canada are involved with Lignoworks. At Western, three professors from Chemical and Biochemical Engineering and the Institute for Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources (ICFAR) are involved: Cedric BriensFranco Berruti and Charles Xu.  Chantal Gloor from ICFAR has been named the administrative network manager.

“Lignoworks aims to generate new knowledge to develop innovative, high value-added lignin-based materials and chemicals,” says Briens.  “These products and the technologies developed to produce them decrease our dependence on petroleum and moves us to a more renewable bioeconomy.”

Current industrial partners include: FPInnovations, Lignol, Weyerhaeuser, and Alberta Pacific Forest Industries.

More information: http://www.lignoworks.ca