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December 11th 2017

Kick-off Meeting for New H2020 Project ENABLING

Celignis's Dan Hayes is in Rome for the two-day kick-off meeting for new project ENABLING. This is a coordinating and supporting action funded by the H2020-RUR-2017-1 call of the European Union's Horizon 2020 programme.

The title of the project is an acronym that stands for 'Enhance New Approaches in BioBased Local Innovation Networks for Growth'. The focus of the project is on supporting the spreading of best practices and innovation in the provision (production, pre-processing) of biomass for the Bio-Based Industry (BBI). Celignis is one of 16 partners in the project, with the coordinator being ITABIA, the Italian Biomass Association.

Celignis will play a key role in the project with regards to stressing the importance of biomass composition in terms of evaluating feedstock and technology suitability. Over the course of the project we will also be contacting a number of stakeholders, both in Ireland and overseas, and will be involved in the organisation of a number of networking events.

December 9th 2017

We are Hiring!

We are recruiting for a programmer who will be responsible for the following key tasks:

  • Development and expansion of our Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) software. This requires advanced experience with PHP, Javascript and SQL.
  • Coding of algorithms for the processing of near infrared and chemical data with the target that the requirements and deliverables of our EU research project are achieved on time.

Click here for further details.

November 7th 2017

November Newsletter Released

Our November newsletter is now out! It includes an article on how analysis can help develop a more efficient biomass pretreatment process as well as details on new analysis packages and Celignis's biomass research projects.

Click here to read November's newsletter.

November 6th 2017

Employee Spotlight: Chris Comerford

Click here for an interview with Celignis Lab Analyst Chris Comerford.

November 5th 2017

New Article on Biomass Pretreatment

Biomass pretreatment is a crucial step in the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to advanced biofuels and chemicals. This article describes why pretreatment is needed, the various technologies available, and how Celignis's analytical techniques can provide crucial data on the efficiency of conversion.

analysis of pretreated biomass
September 20th 2017

We are Exhibiting at the Biomass Expo in Osaka, Japan

We will have an exhibition booth for the 2nd Biomass Expo which is taking place at the International Exhibition Centre in Osaka, Japan, between September 20-22 as part of the World Smart Energy Week.

Celignis manager Daniel Hayes will be representing the company. If you are also attending please feel free to meet him at our booth.

September 14th 2017

Celignis Presence at RWM 2017

RWM is an exhibition and networking event for the Waste, Energy, Recycling and Water sectors. It is being held at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, England, from Sept 12-14.

It is one of four co-located events, with the others covering Energy, Renewables, and Water.

Celignis manager Dr Daniel Hayes will be attending the event on Sept 14th. If you are also there on that day and would like to meet him, please let us know.

July 31st 2017

We are Hiring!

We are recruiting for a person who will be responsible for the collation of literature data for an EU-funded research project that we will soon be starting.

This person will also be responsible for expanding our level of participation in future research project proposals and increasing the number of customers for our analytical services.

Click here for further details.


April 28th 2017

We are at the BBI Info Day in Brussels

Daniel Hayes is today at the info day for the Biomass Based Industries Joint Undertaking. The event is located in the Alcide De Gaspari Room in the Charlemagne Building of the European Commission, which is situated at Rue de la Loi 170, 1040 Brussels.

If you are also attending this event and would like to meet Daniel Hayes then please get in touch by email or by phone at (+353) 89 455 5582.

April 25th 2017

Celignis at KTN Networking Event in Leeds

Celignis's Daniel Hayes will today be attending an event organised by Innovate UK's Knowledge Transfer Network. The title of the meeting is 'Low Carbon Chemical Feedstocks for a Bioeconomy' and it will bring together experts from a cross-section of industry, together with innovators and researchers to discuss the transition towards a low-carbon bioeconomy. The event is taking place at The Queens Hotel in City Square, Leeds, UK.
April 10th 2017

We are Shortlisted for 4 Irish Lab Awards!

We are pleased to announce that Celignis has been shortlisted in four categories at the Irish Laboratory Awards. These categories are listed below:

  • Agricultural Laboratory of the Year.
  • Calibration or Testing Laboratory of the Year.
  • Start-up Laboratory of the Year.
  • Innovation of the Year Award.

The winners will be revealed at the gala awards luncheon on the afternoon of Thursday, May 25th at The Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin.

March 30th 2017

New Journal Publication by Celignis

A new peer-reviewed article by Celignis founder Daniel Hayes has been published. It concerns the use of our NIR models to analyse the lignocellulosic composition of a variety of papers and cardboards.

The article is published in the Faraday Discussions journal and Daniel Hayes will present this work, along with additional information concerning the Celignis NIR models, at the Faraday Discussions conference, entitled "Bio-resources: feeding a sustainable chemical industry", being held in London between June 19-21.

The abstract of the paper is copied below and please click here to access the full article.


Analytical data and quantitative near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy models for various lignocellulosic components (including Klason lignin and the constituent sugars glucose, xylose, mannose, arabinose, galactose, and rhamnose), ash, and ethanol-soluble extractives, were obtained for 53 samples of paper and cardboard. These samples were mostly the type of materials typically found in domestic wastes (e.g. newspapers, printing paper, glossy papers, food packaging). A number of the samples (48) were obtained by separating a sample, after milling, into two particle size fractions. It was found that the fractions containing the smaller particles typically had higher ash and Klason lignin contents and lower glucose and xylose contents that the larger particle size fractions. Nevertheless, all of the sample types had attractive total sugars contents (>50%) indicating that these could be suitable feedstocks for the production of biofuels and chemicals in hydrolysis-based biorefining technologies. NIR models of a high predictive accuracy (R2 of > 0.9 for the independent validation set) were obtained for total sugars, glucose, xylose, Klason lignin, and ash and with values for the Root Mean Square Error of Prediction (RMSEP) of 2.36%, 2.64%, 0.56%, 1.98%, and 4.87%, respectively. Good NIR models (R2 of > 0.8) were also obtained for mannose, arabinose, and galactose. These results suggest that NIR is a suitable method for the rapid, low-cost, analysis of the major lignocellulosic components of waste paper/cardboard samples.

March 13th 2017

We Now Determine Chlorine Content

We have added another analyte to our analytical services. We can now determine the chlorine content of biomass samples. Our analysis protocol follows standard method EN 15289:2011 (Solid biofuels - Determination of total content of sulfur and chlorine). This method invovles the digestion of the sample in our bomb calorimeter followed by a rinsing of the bomb and analysis of these washings using our ion chromatography system.

We have tested our protocols with standard reference materials and found our results to be in very close agreement with the certified values. Our method is suitable for samples with low ppm chlorine contents and also those with much higher amounts of chlorine.

Currently, you can determine the chlorine content of biomass using analysis package P35 - Chlorine and Sulphur or using our comprehensive analysis package P40 - Combustion Package which also involves proximate and ultimate analysis of the sample as well as a determination of its heating value.

Click here to read more about our analysis of chlorine.
January 26th 2017

Presentation at IBioIC Conference

Celignis CEO Daniel Hayes will today give a presentation on Celignis at the 3rd Annual Conference of The Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) which takes place at The University of Strathclyde's Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC) in Glasgow.

Daniel's presentation will be in the "Member's Showcase' as part of the "Impact" session of the conference.

If you are also attending the conference then you are welcome to have a chat with either Daniel or Celignis's Laboratory Analyst Christopher Comerford, who will also be attending.

January 16th 2017

New Addition to the Celignis Team

We are happy to announce that Christopher Comerford has joined the Celignis team. He will work as a Laboratory Analyst, undertaking analysis and supervision of all our biomass analysis methods. He will also assist in the development of quality management protocols and standard operating procedures as part of our development for ISO17025 accreditation.

Chris is a recent graduate of Horticultural Science at University College Dublin and also has experience working in an ISO17025 accredited laboratory. He was our first choice from a competitive field of 125 applicants for this position and we look forward to his contributions towards the continued growth of Celignis.

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