PHA (Poly-Hydroxy-Alkanoates or polyhydroxy fatty acids) is a family of biobased polyesters. As in many mammals, including humans, that hold energy reserves in the form of body fat there are also bacteria that hold intracellular reserves of polyhydroxy alkanoates. Here the micro-organisms store a particularly high level of energy reserves (up to 80% of their own body weight) for when their sources of nutrition become scarce. Examples for such Polyhydroxyalkanoates are PHB, PHV, PHBV, PHBH and many more. That’s why we speak about the PHA platform.
This PHA-platform is made up of a large variety of bioplastics raw materials made from many different renewable resources. Depending on the type of PHA, they can be used for applications in films and rigid packaging, biomedical applications, automotive, consumer electronics, appliances, toys, glues, adhesives, paints, coatings, fibers for woven and non-woven andPHA products inks. So PHAs cover a broad range of properties and applications.
That’s why bioplastics MAGAZINE and Jan Ravenstijn are now organizing the 2nd PHA-platform World Congress on 22-23 September 2021 in Cologne / Germany. This congress continues the great success of the 1st PHA platform World Congress and the PHA-day at the Bioplastics Business Breakfast @ K 2019. We will again offer a special "Basics"-Workshop in the day before (Sep 21) - if there are sufficient registrations...
The congress will address the progress, challenges and market opportunities for the formation of this new polymer platform in the world. Every step in the value chain will be addressed. Raw materials, polymer manufacturing, compounding, polymer processing, applications, opportunities and end-of-life options will be discussed by parties active in each of these areas. Progress in underlying technology challenges will also be addressed.
Disappointingly, the Coronavirus pandemic has forced us to revise our plans for the 2nd PHA platform World Congress, initially scheduled for September 2020.
We hope that the pandemic will allow to hold the congress physically on 22-23 September 2021 in the Maternushaus in Cologne, Germany.
The PHA-platform Workshop will be moved to Sept. 21st 2021. The venue is the same as for the congress.
For those whoy may/want/can not travel to Cologne, we offer an online-participation (Congress only, not for the workshop).
Stay updated and visit this website frequently. In addition, we keep you updated via our newsletters.
In September 2020 we hosted a webinar on the latest developments around PHA, including capacity expansions, investment opportunities, application developments, legislation and an update on GO!PHA’s programmes and progress. It was a great success. See feedback here.
You can still benefit from an "on-demand"-video-version of the webinar. It includes all presentations and the Q&A. It's available for EUR 349.00. Just contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can download all abstracts (as far as available) here
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
|08:30-08:45||Michael Thielen||Polymedia Publisher (Germany)||Welcome Remarks|
|08:45-09:15||Jan Ravenstijn||Jan Ravenstijn Consulting||The PHA-platform, moving up the S-curve|
|09:15-09:40||Blake Lindsey||RWDC-Industries||Moving Past Recycling: Can We Stem the Microplastics Crisis?|
|09:40-10:05||Erwin LePoudre||Kaneka||Market expansion of Kaneka Biodegradable Polymer Green Planet™ through sustainable application developments.|
|10:05-10:30||Rick Passenier||GO!PHA||GO!PHA: a collaborative effort to PHA-platform industry growth: status & activities|
|10:45-11:10||Coffee & Networking Break|
|11:10-11:35||George Chen||Tsinghua University||New Generation Industrial Biotechnology as a basis for PHABuilder.|
|11:35-12:00||Jeff Uhrig||Novomer||Economic considerations of 100 million tons of PHA.|
|12:00-12:30||Stefan Jockenhoevel||AMIBM||Cross-border opportunities for the biobased value chain|
|12:30-12:55||Eligio Martini||MAIP||The compounding will be the success of the sleeping Giant!|
|13:10-14:05||Lunch & Networking Break|
|14:05-14:30||Bas Krins||Senbis||Effect of PHA-material structure on yarn and filament spinning|
|14:30-14:55||Lenka Mynarova||Nafigate||PHB in cosmetic applications|
|14:55-15:20||Ruud Rouleaux||Helian Polymers/colorFabb||Designing PHA-materials for 3D-printing applications|
|15:35-15:55||Coffee & Networking Break||Coffee & Networking Break|
|15:55-16:20||Anindya Mukherjee||GO!PHA||The effect of legislation on innovative PHA-material design for a circular economy|
|16:20-16:55||Bruno DeWilde||OWS||Biodegradation : one concept, many nuances|
|16:55-17:20||Michael Carus||nova Institute||For which end-products is biodegradation a justified need?|
Thursday, September 23, 2021
|08:30-08:40||Michael Thielen||Polymedia Publisher||Welcome remarks, 2nd day|
|08:40-09:05||Ruben Geerinck / Lien Van der Schuere||Centexbel||The use of PHA in the textile industry|
|09:05-09:30||Jesse Hui||Tianan Biologic Material||PHA for denitrification purposes|
|09:30-09:55||Sun-Jong Kim||CheilJedang||Possibility of amorphous PHA and current development|
|09:55-10:20||William Bardosh||TerraVerdae Bioworks||Industrial applications for PHA materials|
|10:35-10:55||Coffee & Networking Break|
|10:55-11:20||Liusong Hue||MedPHA Corp. Ltd.||The latest P3HB4HB developments for medical applications|
|11:20-11:45||Marcus Eriksen||5Gyres||Ocean Plastic reduction and PHA|
|11:45-12:10||Ramani Narayan||Michigan State University||Kinetic model to estimate lifetime in ocean environments for biodegradable polymers using PHBV and cellulose as models|
|12:10-12:35||Teng Li||Bluepha||Historic opportunity of PHA with surging demand of biodegradable polymers in China|
|12:50-13:50||Lunch & Networking Break|
|13:50-14:15||Phil Van Trump||Danimer Scientific||TBD|
|14:15-14:40||Maximilian Lackner||Circe||Feedstock considerations for world-scale PHA production: Methane as viable option|
|14:40-15:05||Manfred Zinn||ISBP - HES-SO Valais-Wallis||Customized PHA during biosynthesis|
|15:20-15:40||Coffee & Networking Break|
|15:40-16:05||Scott Trenor / Paul A. Kearns||Milliken||Enhancing the Properties of PHAs via Nucleation: Translating 40 years of Polyolefin Innovation to PHAs|
|16:05-16:30||Pablo Ivan Nikel||Novonordisk Foundation||Synthetic Biology strategies for the biosynthesis of new-to-nature PHA-based polymers containing xeno-atoms|
|16:30-17:05||Edvard Hall||Bioextrax||Can a bio-based downstream process reduce cost and improve the polymer properties?|
|17:15-17:30||Jan Ravenstijn||Jan Ravenstijn Consulting||Closing remarks|
Subject to changes. Please visit this website frequently for updates.
In the afternoon (13:00-17:00) of Sept. 21st, preceding the conference GO!PHA (the Global Organization PHA) will hold a workshop on the basics of the PHA-platform. The agenda of the workshop will be published in due time. The cost of this workshop is 300 Euro.
If you want to participate, please tick the box in the registration form for the conference. (The workshop is for full conference attendees only and will only be held if there are enough registrations)
Maternushaus, Cologne, Germany
There is a limited number of rooms available in the Maternushaus
Please use the keyword "bioplastics" to book one of these rooms.
How to get there
Over the freeways (Autobahn):
Take the exit Zentrum/Innenstadt.
From there follow the red colour zone'Dom/Rhein' of the Cologne parking guidance system and reach the main station or cathedral.
From here on, please refer to Google-Maps
By public transport:
Book your flight to Cologne/Bonn Airport (CGN)
By train: Cologne HBF (main train station). From there it is only a 5 minutes walk via "Dompropst-Ketzer-Straße" to Maternushaus.
Nearest subway stations: Appellhofplatz and Cologne main station
Below you can see a videoclip of the 1st PHA platform World Congress as well as some more clips of other conferences we organized in the past.
For data protection reasons you have to click it twice (no double-click).
Below, you find video-clips of one of our PLA World Congresses in Munich/Germany and of one of our Bioplastics Business Breakfasts at the Düsseldorf K'show.