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See detailLa légistation REACH: une opportunité d’innovation pour l’économie biobasée
Schmetz, Quentin ULg; Istasse, Thibaut ULg; Jacquet, Nicolas ULg et al

Scientific conference (2016, May 12)

Cet exposé fait le point sur les tendances en cours dans ce secteur au travers de divers cas concrets tels que la substitution de retardateur de flamme, plastifiant et surfactant par des alternatives ... [more ▼]

Cet exposé fait le point sur les tendances en cours dans ce secteur au travers de divers cas concrets tels que la substitution de retardateur de flamme, plastifiant et surfactant par des alternatives issues du végétale. Il aborde également les différents programmes de recherche réalisés au laboratoire de Chimie Biologique Industrielle de Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech qui ont permis le développement de nouvelles substances biobasées en accord avec une chimie plus durable et répondant aux exigences de REACH. [less ▲]

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See detailPRODUCTION OF BIOFUELS AND BIOBASED COMPOUNDS IN URBAN BIOREFINERIES: A STRATEGY TO MANAGE WASTE IN WALLONIA?
Richel, Aurore ULg; Haubruge, Eric ULg; Jacquet, Nicolas ULg

Conference (2016, May)

“Urban biorefining” is an original concept aiming at using urban wastes (household wastes, municipal wastes, industrial liquid and/or solid residues and side-products, etc.), mainly of vegetal origin, for ... [more ▼]

“Urban biorefining” is an original concept aiming at using urban wastes (household wastes, municipal wastes, industrial liquid and/or solid residues and side-products, etc.), mainly of vegetal origin, for the production of an array of biofuels and bioproducts. This “urban biorefining” concept fits particularly with the economic, geographic and politic contexts and constraints of the Walloon Region (south part of Belgium). Indeed, Walloon Region is a very small territory (area of about 6,504 sq mi) with a temperate climate. Supply feedstock, mainly arising form forestry and agriculture, are thus rather restricted, submitted to importation, and subjected to non-standardized quality. Several examples of our regional strategy, still available on an industrial scale, are herein proposed and detailed. [less ▲]

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See detailNovel butanol pretreatment significantly improves delignification and saccharification of different lignocellulosic biomasses
Schmetz, Quentin ULg; Teramura, Hiroshi; Jacquet, Nicolas ULg et al

Conference (2016, April 05)

Organosolv pretreatment using diluted acid and butanol allows the separation of cellulose, hemicelluloses and lignin into three distinct phases. The butanol process has been investigated on six different ... [more ▼]

Organosolv pretreatment using diluted acid and butanol allows the separation of cellulose, hemicelluloses and lignin into three distinct phases. The butanol process has been investigated on six different biomasses: tall fescue, sugarbeet pulp, sugarcane bagasse, beech wood, eucalyptus and Japanese cedar. Dilute acid pretreatment has been performed under similar conditions for comparison. [less ▲]

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See detailIMPACT OF EXTRACTION CONDITIONS ON CHEMICAL STRUCTURE, THERMAL PROPERTIES AND ANTIOXIDANT ACTIVITIES OF ULVAN FROM THE GREEN SEAWEED ULVA LACTUCA
Yaich, Hela; Garna, Haikel; Abbès, Fatma et al

Poster (2016, March 21)

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See detailLa Chimie Biologique Industrielle à Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech
Berchem, Thomas ULg; Istasse, Thibaut ULg; Schmetz, Quentin ULg et al

Conference given outside the academic context (2016)

Présentation du laboratoire de Chimie Biologique Industrielle et illustration de nos principales activités; point sur les recherches de trois jeunes doctorants. Leur travail consiste en la valorisation de ... [more ▼]

Présentation du laboratoire de Chimie Biologique Industrielle et illustration de nos principales activités; point sur les recherches de trois jeunes doctorants. Leur travail consiste en la valorisation de matrices biologiques (déchets agricoles, industriels et forestiers,...) pour produire une gamme de nouveaux produits, biocarburants ou molécules chimiques. [less ▲]

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See detailCaractérisation et étude du potentiel de valorisation des composés phénoliques de miels monofloraux
Istasse, Thibaut ULg; Nguyen, Bach Kim ULg; Richel, Aurore ULg

Conference (2016, January 20)

Présentation des recherches effectuées dans le cadre du travail de fin d'étude sur les composés phénoliques présents dans les miels monofloraux. Ces composés ont été extraits par extraction en phase ... [more ▼]

Présentation des recherches effectuées dans le cadre du travail de fin d'étude sur les composés phénoliques présents dans les miels monofloraux. Ces composés ont été extraits par extraction en phase solide et analysés par chromatographie liquide avec détection UV et spectrométrie de masse. [less ▲]

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See detailLa législation REACH: une opportunité d’innovation pour l’économie biobasée
Schmetz, Quentin ULg; Richel, Aurore ULg; Jacquet, Nicolas ULg et al

Conference (2016, January 20)

REACH is the acronym given to the integrated legislative system for the recording, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemicals introduced by the European Union. The aim of REACH is to improve ... [more ▼]

REACH is the acronym given to the integrated legislative system for the recording, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemicals introduced by the European Union. The aim of REACH is to improve and ensure health and environmental protection while boosting competitiveness and innovation in the European chemicals industry. This system thus strongly encourages the transition to a biobased economy by encouraging the development and the operation of production patterns and new substitutes greener for the environment and health. Biotechnological production pathways, including the use of renewable raw materials have thus been developed over the past decade in the industry, and this trend is confirmed for the coming years. This presentation provides an update on current trends in this sector through various concrete cases such as flame retardant, plasticizer and surfactant substituted by alternatives from the vegetal. It also discusses the various research programs carried out in the Laboratory of Biological and Industrial Chemistry of Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech that allowed the development of new biobased substances consistent with a more sustainable chemistry and meeting REACH requirements. [less ▲]

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See detailProduction de nanocellulose à partir de pâte à papier: Hydrolyse enzymatique et valorisation des coproduits dans une stratégie de bioraffinage forestier intégré
Bombeck, Pierre-Louis ULg; Richel, Aurore ULg; Jacquet, Nicolas ULg et al

Conference (2016, January 19)

Présentation succincte de la thématique de recherche doctorale et de son contexte

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See detailEtude du potentiel des sous-produits vinicoles pour des applications à haute valeur ajoutée
Berchem, Thomas ULg; Jacquet, Nicolas ULg; Richel, Aurore ULg

Conference (2016, January 19)

Grape growing is one of the largest crops around world. Grape pomaces seem to be an interesting source of bio-based molecules but, despite this potential, these byproducts are untapped. Their uses are ... [more ▼]

Grape growing is one of the largest crops around world. Grape pomaces seem to be an interesting source of bio-based molecules but, despite this potential, these byproducts are untapped. Their uses are limited to poor value added applications like composting, agricultural spreading or bioethanol. This work focuses on high value added valorisation possibilities of grape pomace. It takes part in the current trend of using natural bioactive molecules in pharmaceutical, cosmetic or food industry, through the extraction of polyphenols. Firstly, chemical characterization is performed on grape pomace from two grape varieties (Cabernet sauvignon and Pinot noir) in order to determine variability. Secondly, the same approach is applied to grape seeds and skins. Finally, a method of extraction of polyphenols is developed. Results shown in this work tend to indicate a high valorisation potential of grape pomace thank to the identification of compounds like bioactive molecules and especially polyphenols (0.7% in seeds and 0.4% in skins) as well as high concentrations of other compounds in seeds (lignin (43-53%), grape oil (12%), proteins (12%)) and in skins (lignin (20%), tartaric acid (4%), proteins (10%)) of which the valorisation potential from wine-making byproducts needs to be explored. [less ▲]

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See detailComprehensive comparison of the chemical and structural characterization of landfill leachate and leonardite humic fractions
Tahiri, Abdelghani ULg; Richel, Aurore ULg; Destain, Jacqueline ULg et al

in Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry (2016), 408(7), 1917-1928

Humic substances (HS) are complex and heterogeneous mixtures of organic compounds that occur everywhere in the environment. They represent most of the dissolved organic matter in soils, sediments (fossil ... [more ▼]

Humic substances (HS) are complex and heterogeneous mixtures of organic compounds that occur everywhere in the environment. They represent most of the dissolved organic matter in soils, sediments (fossil), water, and landfills. The exact structure of HS macromolecules has not yet been determined because of their complexity and heterogeneity. Various descriptions of HS are used depending on specific environments of origin and research interests. In order to improve the understanding of the structure of HS extracted from landfill leachate (LHS) and commercial HS from leonardite (HHS), this study sought to compare the composition and characterization of the structure of LHS and HHS using elemental composition, chromatographic (high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)), and spectroscopic techniques (UV–vis, FTIR, NMR, and MALDI-TOF). The results showed that LHS molecules have a lower molecular weight and less aromatic structure than HHS molecules. The characteristics of functional groups of both LHS and HHS, however, were basically similar, but there was some differences in absorbance intensity. There were also less aliphatic and acidic functional groups and more aromatic and polyphenolic compounds in the humic acid (HA) fraction than in the fulvic acid (FA) and other molecules (OM) fractions of both origins. The differences between LHS and HHS might be due to the time course of humification. Combining the results obtained from these analytical techniques cold improve our understanding of the structure of HS of different origins and thus enhance their potential use. [less ▲]

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See detailEnhanced Biogas Production During Anaerobic Digestion of Steam-pretreated Lignocellulosic Biomass from Williams Cavendish Banana Plants
Kamdem, Irenée ULg; Hiligsmann, S. ULg; Vanderghem, M. et al

in Waste and Biomass Valorization (2016)

In the context of green energy valorisation, this study reports the chemical analysis and improvement of biogas production via anaerobic digestion of treated and untreated agricultural waste ... [more ▼]

In the context of green energy valorisation, this study reports the chemical analysis and improvement of biogas production via anaerobic digestion of treated and untreated agricultural waste lignocellulosic biomass from Williams Cavendish banana plants (WCLB). With a worldwide annual production of 26 million tons of dry matter (DM), large amounts of this waste are abandoned in plantations after fruit harvesting. Steam explosion (SE) and steam cracking (SC) pretreatments were investigated at severity factors of 3.16 and 4.29, respectively, to improve the biogas potential over 135 days under mesophilic conditions. The study revealed a carbon (C)/nitrogen (N) ratio of 27.3, indicating that WCLB has sufficient N content for successful fermentation. The proportions of liquid and solid fractions recovered after SC were 20% and 80%, respectively, whereas SE yielded 17% and 83% liquid and solids, respectively. The neutral sugar content of the studied fractions indicated that glucose and xylose constituted the highest hexose and pentose fractions, respectively, in WCLB. The highest and lowest total biogas potentials were obtained from LFSC (280 mL g-1 of DM) and untreated WCLB (240 mL g-1 of DM), respectively. The methane yield from untreated WCLB and combined solid and liquid fractions from SE and SC were 40, 42, and 51%, respectively, of the theoretical methane potential. The maximum biogas production rate (7.8 mL g-1 d-1) was obtained with SFSC. This study reveals that SC deconstructs WCLB efficiently and thereby greatly enhances methane production. [less ▲]

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See detailGrasshoppers as a food source? A review
Paul, Aman ULg; Frederich, Michel ULg; Uyttenbroeck, Roel ULg et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment (2016), 20(AgricultureIsLife), 337-352

Description of the subject. Current trends suggest an increasing future demand for conventional meats, which indicates a strong need to shift this dependency to other alternative protein sources such as ... [more ▼]

Description of the subject. Current trends suggest an increasing future demand for conventional meats, which indicates a strong need to shift this dependency to other alternative protein sources such as insects. Literature. From a nutritional point of view, of all the insects consumed globally, grasshoppers are particularly important as a human food. Data from the literature regarding the nutrient composition, amino acid profile, fatty acid profile, mineral composition and vitamin content of grasshoppers as reviewed in this paper, suggest that a number of grasshopper species are a good source of nutrients. It also highlights some of the health related aspects that might arise from the consumption of grasshoppers, mostly linked to agricultural practices and the allergic response of sensitive individuals. The paper also summarizes some religious, social and economic factors that are associated with grasshopper consumption. Conclusions. The success of introducing grasshoppers as a novel food in western countries depends on changes in consumer attitudes. It would be interesting to develop food products derived from grasshoppers in a form acceptable to consumers. Furthermore, it is important to explore the food potential of some grasshopper species native to western countries and to develop their rearing methodologies to enhance availability. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative biochemical methane potential of some varieties or residual banana biomass and renewable energy potential
Awedem Wobiwo, Florent; Happi Emaga, Thomas; Fokou, Elie et al

in Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery (2016), on-line

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See detailImpact of pollen resources drift on common bumble bees in NW Europe
Roger, Nathalie; Moerman, Romain; Carvalheiro, Luisa et al

Conference (2016)

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See detailIs non-host pollen suitable for generalist bumblebees?
Vanderplanck, Maryse ULg; Decleves, S.; Roger, N. et al

in Insect Science (2016)

Current evidence suggests that pollen is both chemically and structurally protected. Despite increasing interest in studying bee-flower networks, the constraints for bee development related to pollen ... [more ▼]

Current evidence suggests that pollen is both chemically and structurally protected. Despite increasing interest in studying bee-flower networks, the constraints for bee development related to pollen nutritional content, toxicity and digestibility as well as their role in the shaping of bee-flower interactions have been poorly studied. In this study we combined bioassays of the generalist bee Bombus terrestris on pollen of Cirsium, Trifolium, Salix, and Cistus genera with an assessment of nutritional content, toxicity, and digestibility of pollen. Microcolonies showed significant differences in their development, non-host pollen of Cirsium being the most unfavorable. This pollen was characterized by the presence of quite rare δ7-sterols and a low digestibility. Cirsium consumption seemed increase syrup collection, which is probably related to a detoxification mixing behavior. These results strongly suggest that pollen traits may act as drivers of plant selection by bees and partly explain why Asteraceae pollen is rare in bee generalist diet. © 2016 Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of saccharides released during an in vitro pepsin-pancreatin digestion of corn flour using HPAEC-PAD
Odjo, Djosse Psijus Sylvanus ULg; Bera, François ULg; Jacquet, Nicolas ULg et al

in Stärke = Starch (2016), 68

Saccharides released after an in vitro pepsin-pancreatin digestion of corn flour were quantified and characterized using high-performance anion-exchange chromatography coupled with a pulsed amperometric ... [more ▼]

Saccharides released after an in vitro pepsin-pancreatin digestion of corn flour were quantified and characterized using high-performance anion-exchange chromatography coupled with a pulsed amperometric detector (HPAEC-PAD) and two colorimetric approaches (glucose oxidase/ peroxidase assay and the 3,5-dinitrosalicylic acid assay). HPAEC-PAD revealed five major saccharides as the result of in vitro pepsin-pancreatin digestion of corn grain: glucose, isomaltose, maltose, maltotriose, and glucosyl-maltotriose. Concentrations of glucose released as measured by the three methods assessed are similar when the in vitro pepsin-pancreatin digestion is followed by post incubation with amyloglucosidase. This post incubation unfortunately leads to a loss of information about the degree of polymerization of oligosaccharides that can impact their absorption through intestinal tract. HPAEC-PAD gives both qualitative and quantitative information and then seems more suitable for a nutritional appreciation of the digestion of starchy feedstuffs. [less ▲]

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See detailPre-treatment and extraction techniques for recovery of added value compounds from wastes throughout the agri-food chain
Arshadi, Mehrdad; Attard, Thomas M.; Bogel-Lukasik, Rafal Marcin et al

in Green Chemistry (2016), (18), 6160-6204

The enormous quantity of food wastes discarded annually force to look for alternatives for this interesting feedstock. Thus, food bio-waste valorisation is one of the imperatives of the nowadays society ... [more ▼]

The enormous quantity of food wastes discarded annually force to look for alternatives for this interesting feedstock. Thus, food bio-waste valorisation is one of the imperatives of the nowadays society. This review is the most comprehensive overview of currently existing technologies and processes in this field. It tackles classical and innovative physical, physico-chemical and chemical methods of food waste pre-treatment and extraction for recovery of added value compounds and detection by modern technologies and are an outcome of the COST Action EUBIS, TD1203 Food Waste Valorisation for Sustainable Chemicals, Materials and Fuels. [less ▲]

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See detailProduction of biofuels from Brazil’s sugarcane bagasse via thermochemical pathway. A review
Nicodème, Thibault ULg; Jacquet, Nicolas ULg; Richel, Aurore ULg

Conference (2016)

Document décrivant la production de biocarburants à partir de la bagasse de canne à sucre par la voie thermochimique. Des techniques telles que la gazéification, le procédé Fischer-Tropsch ou la pyrolyse ... [more ▼]

Document décrivant la production de biocarburants à partir de la bagasse de canne à sucre par la voie thermochimique. Des techniques telles que la gazéification, le procédé Fischer-Tropsch ou la pyrolyse sont décrites. [less ▲]

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See detailPhosphorus and nitrogen derivatization as efficient route for improvement of lignin flame retardant action in PLA
Costes, Lucie; Laoutid, Fouad; Aguedo, Mario ULg et al

in European Polymer Journal (2016), 84

The present study focuses on the use of lignin, which is the second most abundant constituent of the biomass, as sustainable flame retardant additive for polylactide (PLA). Indeed, thanks to its aromatic ... [more ▼]

The present study focuses on the use of lignin, which is the second most abundant constituent of the biomass, as sustainable flame retardant additive for polylactide (PLA). Indeed, thanks to its aromatic structure, lignin could be advantageously used, in polymeric matrices, as a char promotor agent that can allow some reduction of the combustion rate. An original and simple approach, based on a two-step phosphorus/nitrogen chemical modification, is proposed to enhance the flame retardant effect of lignin in PLA. This approach has been applied on two different lignins, i.e. kraft and organosolv lignins. The effect of the plant origin, extraction mode of lignin as well as it chemical modification on both its structure and properties was investigated by using several characterization techniques. Fire properties and thermal behavior of PLA composites containing 20 wt% of both untreated and treated lignins were characterized by using cone calorimeter, UL-94 and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). Results showed that the incorporation of untreated lignins led to a flame retardant action in PLA thanks to the formation of char but also to a significant loss of the thermal stability of PLA and to an important decrease of its time to ignition. In contrast, both phosphorus/nitrogen chemically treated lignins were found to limit PLA thermal degradation during melt processing as well as during TG experiments and also to significantly improve fire retardant properties allowing to reach V0 classification at UL-94. In this paper we also deeply investigated the nature of the gases evolved during thermal decomposition of treated and untreated lignins by using TGA-Mass spectrometer and cone calorimeter – FTIR couplings [less ▲]

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