The graduate school's Resource-Smart Processes' eleven doctoral and postdoctoral projects are now underway.
- The need to develop efficient production solutions and production processes has never been greater in view of the change we are now facing, says Merima Hasani, coordinator of the initiative.
At bioinnovation.se you can now read more about the graduate school and examples of ongoing projects.
The research projects will contribute to increased knowledge about the fiber line, paper and board processes, chemical recycling and completely new process concepts in the forest, textile and chemical industries and also contribute to the supply of competence in the process area. Education is an important part of the graduate school and during the spring the first course was started.
– What we are doing now is an investment for the future for the bio-based industry, by linking our research and education activities between different academic and industrial parties, says Merima Hasani.
In one of the projects, Joanna Wojtasz-Mucha postdoc at Chalmers, is exploring how waste streams can be used to make dissolving pulp for textile production. The project is carried out together with TreeToTextiles.
– The aim is for the raw material to be part of a resource-efficient and scalable process. As a researcher, I do not work in isolation, but we will also use techno-economic and sustainability analyzes when we evaluate the results and assess the market potential, says Joanna Wojtasz-Mucha.
Read more about Joanna’s project at bioinnovation.se (in Swedish).
The pulping process is the focus of a project where PhD student Klara Hackenstrass will study the separation of cellulose and lignin.
– My research can help optimize the process by giving us more knowledge about lignin and how it is transported out of the wood fibers, says Klara Hackenstrass.
Project leader is Malin Wohlert, Uppsala University, and project partners are Södra, Stora Enso, Valmet, Holmen, BillerudKorsnäs, Chalmers and KTH.
– We have long separated lignin from cellulose but have no overall picture of how the process actually works. With more knowledge about pulp cooking, we can help reduce energy use and get more out of the raw material, says Malin Wohlert.
Read more about Klara’s project at bioinnovation.se (in Swedish).
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.