Project partners: Essity Hygiene and Health

Plasticization and partial depolymerization of lignocellulose-based materials  

This project is a part of the competence center FibRe. This particular PhD student project aims to plasticize the lignin in the cell walls. The first part will be to extract lignin from wood and wheat straw, and to evaluate how different plasticizers affect the material properties. This will then be extrapolated to lignocellulose-based fibers.

Large-scale extrusion of protein superabsorbents with cellulose fibres for hygiene applications

The project focus on producing sustainable superabsorbents (SAP) by utilizing fully integrated natural-based and biodegradable raw materials, combined with highly scalable polymer processing techniques. Extrusion of proteins combined with cellulose fibres, as a hygroscopic carrier for a water in-situ foaming process, is going to be implemented. The addition of blowing agents and reagents are going …

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