Michael Hayes – Second generation biorefining for sustainable indigenous industries for Ireland.

Michael Hayes pointed out that Ireland has more high quality soil per head of population than any other country in the EC, and the rainfall and climate to grow biomass very efficiently. He described how this biomass could be refined into a wide range of valuable products, many of which would replace petrochemicals.

Professor Michael Hayes teaches in the department of Chemical and Environmental Sciences at the University of Limerick. The teaching duties of Dr. Hayes have involved the teaching of Organic Chemistry at all levels during his career in the University of Birmingham, and of Environmental Chemistry (The Chemistry of the Colloids in Soils and in Waters) during the period 1993-1998. His core research interests have centered around ‘Studies of the Compositions, Structures, and Interactions of the Organic and Inorganic Colloids in Soils and in Waters’.

Recorded on day three of The New Emergency Conference: Managing Risk and Building Resilience in a Resource Constrained World. Held on 10-12 June 2009, All Hallows College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9, Ireland.

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