Pyroliq 2019: Pyrolysis and Liquefaction of Biomass and Wastes

An ECI Conference

June 16-20, 2019
Maryborough Hotel
Cork, Ireland


About This Conference

The conference will be a forum for discussion of the advances in the pyrolysis and liquefaction of biomass, organic residues and wastes to intermediate products like bio-oil, biochar, bio-gas and torrefied materials. This will include slow, intermediate and fast pyrolysis, hydropyrolysis, solvent liquefaction and hydrothermal processing. Besides, a special session will be dedicated to pyrolysis of wastes from fossil origin, such as plastics.

Final products are derived after proper fractionation, isolation, purification and/or upgrading, and contributions addressing the processing to marketable materials, chemicals and fuels are especially invited.

The conference will also offer a platform to those who are able to report on commercially successful processes.

The main themes and proposed sessions:

  1. Fundamentals of pyrolysis and liquefaction (reaction mechanisms in dry and solvent environments, reaction kinetics, product selectivity, effects of heat and mass transfer limitations, catalysis)
  1. Reactor development and modelling (testing and modelling of lab-scale units)
  2. Process development and integration (testing of fully continuous laboratory setup and pilot installations providing a full mass balance closure, including pre-treatment, reaction and product separation)
  1. Resources and feedstock characterization and pretreatment
  2. Product characterization, separation and upgrading (refers to chemical characterization, isolation, purification and post treatment / upgrading of fractions or single compounds from the first products of pyrolysis or liquefaction; this would also include catalytic hydro-processing of bio-oils)
  1. Development of added-value products and market studies (heat, electricity, fuels, chemicals and materials)
  1. Technical, economic and environmental feasibility studies
  2. Novelties (integration of electrochemistry, membranes, hydrogen, fuel cells, ionic liquids, molten salts, etc.)
  1. Pyrolysis or liquefaction of waste from fossil origin (e.g., plastics)
  2. Successful demonstration, scale-up and commercialization


The format of the conference will be the “retreat-style Banff-format”. There will be no parallel sessions to allow all participants to be exposed and contribute to all presentations. Apart from 4 plenary lectures of 30 minutes each, the regular contributions will consist of short oral presentations (10 minutes + 2 min for change of speaker). Each presentation, however, will also be accompanies by a poster, to be presented normally during the social hour after dinner. The poster session will allow ample time for questions and answers and informal discussion between presenter and interested participants. Additional free-forum poster presentations will also be invited.

Networking time will be allowed during each afternoon. This will allow participants to engage in informal discussions and to spend time together enjoying the many beautiful outdoors activities available in the Cork region.

Conference Organization


Franco Berruti, ICFAR, Western University
Anthony Dufour, CNRS Nancy
Wolter Prins, University of Ghent
Manuel Garcia-Pérez, Washington State University

Conference Program

Please use THIS LINK to view the conference program and posters.


  • Possible publication of PowerPoint presentations in the ECI Digital Archives.
  • Invitation for full paper submission in a Special Issue of an internationally recognized refereed journal, Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis.


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Student Award

Best Student Presentation Award

Mingyang Li
Curtin University, Australia

Ternary system of pyrolytic lignin, mixed solvent, and water:  Phase diagram and implications

General Information

Engineering Conferences International (ECI) is a not-for-profit, global engineering conferences program, originally established in 1962 that provides opportunities for the exploration of problems and issues of concern to engineers and scientists from many disciplines.

The format of the conference provides morning and late afternoon or evening sessions in which major presentations are made. Poster sessions will be scheduled for evening discussion as well. Available time is included during the afternoons for ad hoc meetings, informal discussions, and/or recreation. This format is designed to enhance rapport among participants and promote dialogue on the development of the meeting. We believe the conferences have been instrumental in generating ideas and disseminating information to a greater extent than is possible through more conventional forums.

All participants are expected both to attend the entire conference and to contribute actively to the discussions. The recording/photographing of lectures and presentations is forbidden. As ECI conferences take place in an informal atmosphere, casual clothing is the usual attire.

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