Conference Title

China-US 2011 Joint Symposium

September 25-28, 2011

Global Sustainability Issues in Energy, Climate, Water, Environment


2011 China-US Agenda (PDF)

Symposium Schedule and Agenda

Arrival Date, Sunday, September 25, 2011


Reception at John Bickham’s home


Day 1, Monday, September 26


Registration, Stewart Center, First Floor

8:00‐8:30 am

Symposium Welcome/Introductions (Chair: John Bickham) Fowler Hall, Stewart Center


Welcome by Purdue President France Cordova


Welcome by Sen. Richard Lugar (video)


Welcome address by Chicago Chinese Deputy Consul General Maoming Chu


Introduction about the China‐U.S. Joint Center (Gary Sayler UT and Guirui Yu IGSNRR-CAS)

8:30‐12:00 pm

Keynote Addresses: Fowler Hall, Stewart Center

Chairs: John Bickham and Xingguo Han


Wally Tyner, Purdue, Title: Economic and Environmental Impacts of Biofuels.


Martin Keller, ORNL, Title: From Sustainability to Next Generation Materials: An Integrated Biomass Strategy

10:00‐10:30 am

Coffee Break and Group Picture, West Foyer, Stewart Center


Lei Shen, IGSNRR‐CAS, Title: Toward a Sustainable Energy Development Strategy: Challenges and Opportunities for China.


Joe Kuczynski, IBM, Title: Bio‐based Materials for High‐end Electronics Applications.

12:00‐1:30 pm

Lunch and Poster Presentations, Stewart Center, Room 302/306

Featured Lunch Speaker: Adam Arkin, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (by video conferencing) Title: Towards a systems biology of tolerance and productivity.



2:00‐5:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions


Session 1: Stewart Center, Room 313

Topic: Energy and Applications of Hardwood Biomass and Cellulose

Chairs: Charles Michler and Guofan Shao


Charles Michler, Purdue/USFS, Title: Forest Service Research at the Northern/East Regional Biomass Center.


Harmony Dalgleish, Purdue, Title: Forecasting Carbon Storage of Eastern Forests: Can Amercian Chestnut Restoration Improve Storage Potential in an Uncertain Future?


Zhi‐Yun Ouyang, RCEES‐CAS, Title: Influences of Forest Restoration on Soil Organic C Content and C Cycling Potential.

3:30-4:00 pm

Coffee Break, Stewart Center, Room 302/306


Lifeng Yan, USTC, Title: Isolation of Highly Purified Cellulose from Wheat Straw and Preparation of Cellulose Aqueous Solution.


Robert Moon, Purdue/USFS, Title: Potential Nanotechnology Applications with Hardwood Biomass.


Goufan Shao, Purdue, Title: Realities and Potentials of Wood Energy:A Global Perspective.




Session 2: Stewart Center, Room 318

Topic: Genetic improvement of biomass quality and sustainability factors.

Chairs: Nick Carpita and Qiang He


Rick Meilan, Purdue, Title: Engineering Poplar for Use as a Cellulosic Feedstock.


Nick Carpita, Purdue, Title: Capturing the Diversity of Maize andSorghum for Improving Bioenergy Grasses.


Qiang He, UT, Title: Genomics Insights into Enhanced CellulosicBioethanol Fermentation.

3:30-4:00 pm

Coffee Break, Stewart Center, Room 302/306

Paul Gilna, ORNL BESC, Title: Strategies to Generate Economically Viable Biofuels from Cellulosic Biomass: Approaches from the Bioenergy Science Center.

Charles Kwit, UT, Title: Gene Flow Matters in Switchgrass (Panicumvirgatum L.), a Potential Widespread Biofuel Feedstock.

Laigeng Li, Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology, CAS, Title: Fast Assessment of Lignocellulosic Biomass Property for Biomass Energy Production.




Session 3: Stewart Center, Room 311

Topic: Climate change mitigation and water conservation.

Chairs: Ron Turco and Yangjian Zhang


Shaohong Wu, IGSNRR‐CAS, Title: Future Climate Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems in China: Case Studies on SRES B2 Scenario.


Matt Huber, Purdue, Title: Business‐as‐Usual Spells Trouble:Long‐term Implications for China of Extended Global Warming.


Yao Huang, Institute of Botany, CAS, Title: Challenges and Prospects of Biofuels Production in China.

3:30-4:00 pm

Coffee Break, Stewart Center, Room 302/306


Yangjian Zhang, IGSNRR‐CAS, Title: Global Spatial‐temporal Patterns of Carbon‐use Efficiency.


Bin Zhang, China Agricultural University, Title: Identification and Quantification of Subsurface Lateral Flow and its Contribution to Nutrient Loading in Streams in an Agricultural Catchment in Subtropical China.




Session 4: Stewart Center, Room 307

Topic: Biomass Conversion Science and Technology

Chairs: Bernie Tao and Guo‐Ping Sheng


Mahdi Abu‐Omar, Purdue, Title: The ABC, Ag, Biology, and Chemistry of Biomass Conversion.


Zhongyang Luo, Zhejiang University, Title: Biomass to Clean Energy by Thermal Chemical Conversion Processes.


Qinhui Wang, Zhejiang University, Title: Hydrogen Production from Biomass with Chemical Looping Gasification Technology.

3:30-4:00 pm

Coffee Break, Stewart Center, Room 302/306


Jian Hao, Shanghai Advanced Research Institute, CAS, Title: Kinetic Model of Klebsiella pneumoniae 1,3‐propanediol Oxidoreductase.


Ji‐Ping Shi, Shanghai Advanced Research Institute, CAS, Title:Optimization of Acetone‐butanol Fermentation Using Non‐grain Feedstock.


Guo‐Ping Sheng, USTC, Title: Development of a Novel Bio‐electrochemical Membrane Reactor for Energy Generation.

5:30-6:00 pm

Free time

6:00-7:30 pm

Reception and Banquet Dinner at PMU Faculty lounges

7:30 pm

Discovery Lecture Series Event, Fowler Hall, Stewart Center

Ed Begley, Jr., Title: Live Simply So That Others Can Simply Live.


Day 2, Tuesday, September 27

8:00-8:30 am

Second Day Introductions (Chair: John Bickham) Fowler Hall, Stewart Center


Maureen McCann, Purdue, Title: Purdue’s Energy Center.


Ram Gupta, NSF Program Director, Title: NSF’s Energy for Sustainability Program.

8:30-10:30 am

Keynote Addresses (four 30‐min + 15 Q&A presentations) Fowler Hall, Stewart Center

Chairs: Gary Saylor and Xing‐Guo Han


Jose Bravo, Shell, Title: Energy Densification. Separations and other Process Challenges in Bio‐fuels Development.


Nancy Ho, Purdue, Title: An Overview of Technologies for Ethanol Production from Non‐food Cellulosic Materials.

10:00-10:30 pm

Coffee Break, West Foyer


Jie Bao, ECUST, Title: Production of cellulosic lactic acid as bioplastic monomer and the process development for future biorefinery industry.


Barry Bruce, UT, Title: Direct Solar Fuel: hν →H2.

12:00-1:30 pm

Lunch and Poster Presentations, Stewart Center, Room 302/306

Lunch Sponsor: FuturaGene

Featured Lunch Speaker: James Zhang, FuturaGene Biotechnology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., Title: Biomass: a Sustainable Solution for Curbing the Fossil Fuel Dependency.



1:30-5:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions


Session 1: Stewart Center, Room 313

Topic: Agro-ecological knowledge needs for deploying bioenergy cropping systems.

Chairs: Jeff Volenec and Meiling Li


Sylvie Brouder, Purdue University, Title: Comparative Agro‐ecological Performance of Perennial and Annual Biomass Systems: Metrics and Data Workflows.


Esther Parish, ORNL, Title: Landscape Design for Bioenergy Cropping Systems.

 Bing‐Cheng Xu, Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, CAS, Title:Root Morphological Responses to P Application and Water Stress Conditions of Bothriochloa ischaemum Intercropped with Lespedezadavurica.

3:00-3:30 pm

Coffee Break, Stewart Center, Room 302/306




Session 2: Stewart Center, Room 318

Topic: Conversion Technologies and Soil Carbon.

Chairs: Nate Mosier and Xudong Zhang


Steven Brown, ORNL, Title: Clostridium thermocellum Ethanol Stress Responses and Tolerance Mechanisms.


Zhong‐Hua Tong, USTC, Title: Mixed Volatile Fatty Acids as Substrates for Electricity Generation.


Ying Zhang, USTC, Title: Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Fuels and Chemicals.

3:30-4:00 pm

Coffee Break, Stewart Center, Room 302/306


Xu‐Dong Zhang, Institute of Applied Ecology, CAS, Title: Significance of soil refractory organic components for C stabilization and sequestration in Chinese arable soil.


Yuling Fu, IGSNRR, Title: Carbon Budget and Management for Eastern Asian Grasslands.




Session 3: Stewart Center, Room 307

Topic: Assessment and Design of Sustainable Processes

Chairs: Fu Zhao and Suresh Rao


Suresh Rao, Purdue, Title: Resilience Analysis of Biofuel Production Systems.


Jeryang Park, Purdue University, Title: Modeling Resilience of Biofuels Production as a Complex, Coupled System: Implications for Designand Management.



3:30-4:00 pm

Coffee Break, Stewart Center, Room 302/306


Datu Agusdinata, Purdue, Title: Life Cycle Assessment of Potential Bio‐jet Fuel Production in the United States.


Shane Foister, UT, Title: Tunable Catalysts for a Sustainable Future.




Session 4: Stewart Center, Room 311

Topic: Societal Issues in Achieving a Sustainable World

Chairs: Jonathon Day and Jie Zhuang


Robert Marzec, Purdue, Title: The Deadlock of Environmentality:The Sciences, the Humanities, and the Problem of Policy.


Nicholas K. Rauh, Purdue, Title: Landscape Ecology and the End of Antiquity: The Archaeology of Deforestation in South Coastal Turkey.


Yongqing Ma, Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, CAS, Title:Fighting for the poverty with respect to land use efficiency ‐ Taking the most impoverished place of China, Shanghuang Village of Guyuan City Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region as an Example.

3:30-4:00 pm

Coffee Break, Stewart Center, Room 302/306


Steve Hallett, Purdue, Title: The Efficiency Trap: Why New Technologies Can Never Save the World (and Why Efficiency is no Substitute for Sex).


Renjie Dong, China Agricultural University, Title: Biogas in China: Energy, Ecology, or Multi‐Opportunity.

5:30 pm

Dinner, Memorial Mall (outside Stewart Center, Purdue Mall open area)

7:30 pm

Amazing China – A Cultural Entertainment presented by Shanghai JiaoTong University Student Orchestra.

LOEB Theatre, Stewart Center

Sponsor: Confucius Institute at Purdue and Purdue University Chinese Students and Scholars Association.


Day 3 Wednesday, September 28 MRGN 121


Welcome John Bickham


Featured speaker: Arden Bement, Purdue University and former Director of NSF

8:30-11:00 am

Workshop to establish the ““Agenda for the development of an environmentally sustainable economy‐expanding research, industry and policy collaboration”

Moderator: Mark Van Fleet

The objective of this workshop is to develop recommendations for industry and government on how to move toward a sustainable economy and fashion a closer collaboration between university research, industry and policymakers.

11:00-11:30 am

Coffee Break in Morgan Café

11:30-12:30 pm

China‐US Joint Research Center for Ecosystem and Environmental Change

Moderator: Jon Harbor

Panel discussion about the future of the EcoPartnership China‐US Joint Research Center for Ecosystem and Environmental Change.

12:30-1:30 pm

Lunch in Morgan Café

Jay Gore, Purdue, Title: Education for Sustainable Economy, Environment, Energy and Climate

2:00-3:00 pm

Networking session for Chinese delegation and Industry Reps with the Purdue Chinese students, North Ballroom, PMU (Organized by Wei Hong, Confucius Institute at Purdue (

2:00-5:00 pm

Workshop “Barriers to Sustainable Photosynthetic Production of Biofuels and Bioenergy” funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation

(by invitation from Nate Mosier (; BDMCE 129 (Discovery Park))


2:00 pm - Welcome, Introductions, and Agenda, Nathan Mosier, Purdue

2:10 pm - NSF Energy for Sustainability Program, Ram Gupta, NSF

2:30 pm - Photosynthesis-Inspired Bioenergy, Barry Bruce

3:00 pm - Metabolic Flux Analysis in Single Celled, John Morgan, Purdue Photosynthetic Organisms

3:30 pm - Break and Discussion

4:00 pm - Electron Transport for Photosythetic, Paul Frymier, UT Hydrogen Production

4:30 pm - Self-Assembled Biohybrid Photosynthetic, Hugh O'Neill, ORNL

5:00 pm - Closing Remarks and Adjournment, Nathan Mosier, Purdue


Day 4 Thursday, September 29 Tour organized by Jonathon Day (

(By Invitation: Chinese delegation and EcoPartnership leadership)

7:00 am

Breakfast and Check‐out from the Union Club Hotel

8:00 am

Depart for tour on bus from the Union Club Hotel

(Guests bring their luggage)

9:00 am

Tour of Valero Bio‐refinery, Linden, Indiana

11:00 am

Depart for Indianapolis

12:00 pm

Lunch and tour to Indy 500 ‐ Indianapolis Motor Speedway

3:00 pm

Check into Crown Plaza Hotel (near Indianapolis airport)

5:00 pm

Visit to Indianapolis downtown and dinner

10:00 pm

Return to Crown Plaza Hotel


Day 5 Friday, September 30

(For Chinese delegation and guests)

Breakfast and transportation to the Indianapolis airport provided by the Crown Plaza Hotel.



JRCEEC: Chine-US Joint Research Center for Ecosystem and Environmental Change

JIBS: UT-ORNL Joint Institute of Biological Sciences

UT: University of Tennessee

ORNL: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences

IGSNRR: Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research

RCEES: Research Center for Eco-environmental Sciences

USFS: US Forest Service

USTC: University of Science and Technology of China

BESC: BioEnergy Research Center

PMU: Purdue Memorial Union

MRGN: Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship

Symposium Info

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September 25-28, 2011
Purdue University West Lafayette, Indiana (USA)


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