On February 29th, 2020, the French government took several measures to contain the spread of the Coronavirus on the French territory. Following these new elements, the Ozone Days organizing committee has decided to postpone the Ozone Days seminar to September 10th & 11th, 2020. The seminar will still be held at the UniLaSalle Campus in Beauvais, and will feature an identical program.

The use of ozone for the valorization of agroresources and lignocellulosic fibers is in full development worldwide. Grenoble INP-Pagora / LGP2 and UniLaSalle are organizing the Ozone Days seminar on September 10th & 11th, 2020 in Beauvais (France).

Ozone is used today for the bleaching of cellulose pulps in about thirty cellulose production plants around the world. The purpose of its use is to replace the chlorine-based reagents, today massively applied to destroy the color of cellulose fibers in the production of graphic papers, sanitary articles and textile fibers. In the agriculture, agro-industry and food industry sectors, the stake of ozone is twofold: mobilize the unique potential of ozone as a green oxidizing agent for multiple applications like sterilization, detoxification, preservation… and develop innovative and sustainable industrial solutions creating value.

Grenoble INP and UniLaSalle have created a Group of Scientific Interest (GIS) entitled: Ozonation of agro-industrial, agro-food and lignocellulosic substrates for better valorization (O3AGROLICEL) which involves the following partners:
Laboratory of Pulp and Paper Science and Graphic Arts (LGP2) of the Grenoble INP
Processing and Agro-Resources Unit and LaSalle O3 R&D platform of the UniLaSalle Polytechnic Institute

Goals
Strengthen the collaboration of researchers working in the domain of engineering sciences applied to the ozonation of agronomic, agro-industrial and lignocellulosic substrates.
Develop partnerships with industrial actors either under the form of private contracts or in the framework of public calls for projects.
Define the most suitable processes, sensors, protocols, for the ozonation of these substrates.
Disseminate the acquired knowledge by the organization of seminars and training sessions targeting both academic and industrial audiences at national and international levels.

There is a real need to connect researchers and manufacturers in order to be able to develop applications using ozone, accompanying the process from research to industrial application.

The Ozone Days seminar aims to
Present the applications of ozone: pulp bleaching, conservation of agroresources…
Demonstrate the potential of ozone in the treatment of lignocellulosic fibers and agroresources.