My research focuses on valorization of cellulose-based fibers, like viscose and cotton, from waste textiles. Since waste textiles is a very complex waste stream, my research aims at studying and developing different valorization pathways depending on the characteristics of the cellulosic fibers. One such example is developing methods to convert waste textiles into dissolving pulp, and comparing it to dissolving pulp made from wood, for the production of viscose. Other pathways include investigating the viability of methods typically employed in biorefineries on the valorization of waste textiles. The idea is to produce a set of tools that can successfully transform cellulose from the complex raw material that is waste textiles into a variety of valuable products, depending on the quality and characteristics of the feedstock, following the biorefinery concept.
Treesearch aims at creating a national platform to support the research on new materials from the forest. Research projects conducted within Treesearch research areas and the researchers who are active in these projects are welcome to join the platform.