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related to the coordination of research/  joint applications for EU funding            intensive COST Member Countries. A
education have also been initiated.       under H2020 and other funding                good example of that are two annual
Among them, the mapping of                agencies; and a large number of joint        workshops/conferences (Belgrade,
existing pretreatment methodologies       publications in peer-reviewed journals.      Serbia and Dubrovnik, Croatia), eight
of lignocellulosic biomass and of                                                      working group meetings, two training
various lignin streams with their         The Action’s networking impact has           schools (La Rochelle, France and Leipzig,
physicochemical characteristics and a     been rather unique. It has found a good      Germany), 25 short-term scientific
number of high-level training courses,    balance between the different groups of      missions with more than 400 participants,
which brought significant interactions    participants and the participation of early  from which almost 45% were early
between trainers and trainees.            career investigators, female scientists      career investigators/Ph.D. students with
                                          as well as scientists from less research-    a 52/48 male/female ratio. l
Specific activities targeted at the
dissemination of the Action’s results
have been efficiently implemented.
These include an Action’s website;
the generation of a dedicated special
issue in the high-impact journal
ChemCatChem (Wiley), where the
Chair and Vice Chair of the Action
were Guest Editors; the participation
of Action members at conferences, that
reported the Action’s results; various

“COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is a funding agency for research and innovation networks. Our
Actions help connect research initiatives across Europe and enable scientists to grow their ideas by sharing them with their
peers. This boosts their research, career and innovation.”

 Major publications:
 Mild ultrasound-assisted synthesis of TiO2 supported on magnetic nanocomposites for selective photo-oxidation of benzyl
 J.C. Colmenares, W. Ouyang, M. Ojeda, E. Kuna, O. Chernyayeva, D. Lisovytskiy, S. De, R. Luque, A.M. Balu, Appl. Catal. B:
 Environmental 2016, 183, 107–112.

 Virtual Issue: Valorization of Lignocellulosic Biomass Side Streams for Sustainable Production of Chemicals, Materials & Fuels
 using Low Environmental Impact Technologies - FPS COST Action FP1306

 Synthesis of biomass derived levulinate esters on novel sulfated Zr/ KIL-2 composite catalysts
 M. Popova, A. Szegedi, H. Lazarova, A. Ristic, Y. Kalvachev, G. Atanasova, N. Wilde, N. Novak Tusar, R. Gläser, Micropor.
 Mesopor. Mater. 2016, 235, 50.

 Isolation and Characterization of Organosolv and Alkaline Lignins from Hardwood and Softwood Biomass
 C. Nitsos, R. Stoklosa, A. Karnaouri, D. Vörös, H. Lange, D. Hodge, C. Crestini, U. Rova, P. Christakopoulos, ACS Sustainable
 Chem. Eng. 2016, 4, 5181–5193.

 “Valorisation of lignocellulosic biomass side streams for sustainable production of chemicals,materials & fuels using low
 environmental impact technologies”, Book of Abstracts, First Annual Workshop of COST Action FP1306 (LIGNOVAL), Belgrade
 February 3-5, 2015, Edited by Prof. Nevenka Rajić, Published by Serbian Zeolite Association (ISBN 978-86-916637-1-1)

 “Valorisation of lignocellulosic biomass side streams for sustainable production of chemicals, materials & fuels using low
 environmental impact technologies”, Book of Abstracts, Second Annual Workshop of COST Action FP1306 (LIGNOVAL),
 Edited by Prof. Mladen Brnčić, Dubrovnik, Croatia, April 4-6, 2016.
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