Dr Jean-Paul Schwitzguébel, French and Swiss citizen, is a plant and microbial biochemist, with Master in Biology from the University of Geneva, and PhD from the Department of Biochemistry (University of Geneva) on the intracellular compartmentation and regulation of carbon and energy metabolism in Neurospora crassa.
Afterwards he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Microbiology (ETH Zurich) on the regulation of C3 and C4 metabolism in Acetobacter aceti; at the Department of Botany of the Imperial College of Science and Technology in London (UK) on bioenergetics and alternative respiratory chains in plant and fungal mitochondria; and at the Laboratory of Plant Physiology of the University of Neuchatel, on plant mitochondria, peroxisomes and chloroplasts. His basic research was thus always focusing on the metabolism and bioenergetics of higher plants and microorganisms.
Afterwards he moved to the “Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne” (EPFL) as a permanent senior scientist at the Laboratory for Environmental Biotechnology. In addition to teaching and administrative duties, most of his work is now devoted to research and development in the fields of phytoremediation and bioenergy.
He was the initiator and coordinator of COST Action 837
(Plant biotechnology for the removal of organic pollutants and toxic metals from wastewaters and contaminated sites, 1998-2003, https://lbewww.epfl.ch/COST837) and COST Action 859 (Phytotechnologies to promote sustainable land use and improve food safety, 2004-2009, https://w3.gre.ac.uk/cost859/). In November 2009 he was appointed as the Swiss delegate on the Management Committee of the new COST Action CM0903 (Utilisation of biomass for sustainable fuels and chemicals, 2009-2013). In the framework of this network, he will develop collaboration with European colleagues to produce biofuels from microalgae and plant biomass.
Dr Jean-Paul Schwitzguébel is also the Swiss delegate on the COST Domain Committee on Food and Agriculture.
He is the subject editor for "Journal of Soils and Sediments", and member of
the editorial board of "International Journal of Phytoremediation" and of "Agrochimica".
Dr. Jean-Paul Schwitzguébel, Permanent Sr Scientist, Lab. for Environmental Biotechnology
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) Lausanne
Enhanced Biofuel Production from Microalgae by adding CO2 to Stimulate Lipid Biosynthesis (Biodiesel) and by Hydrothermal Processing (Syngas)
Day 2 [Wed 20, October], at 11:40 AM