Project partners: Lunds universitet

Understanding the mechanical processes in deep-drawing and press-forming of compacted paper laminates

Compacted paper laminates can be formed by deep-drawing or press-forming to produce packaging solutions with height to diameter ratios not reachable with conventional thermoforming machines. These processes involve complex interactions of the fibres in the compacted paper layers and between these layers, including the bonding between them, which can be made either with glue or …

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Real time 4D X-ray microtomography Imaging and analysis of water transport mechanisms in sustainable paper straws

At present, there are no quantitative experimental studies for liquid transport with relevant spatial and temporal resolution in cellulose fiber networks. This project aims to improve the understanding of the dynamic interplay between water transport processes and the cellulose fiber network. In this way, the proportion of sorption of water in pores and cell walls …

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Study of the multiscale networks of hemicellulose hydrogels by scattering techniques

The aim of the project is to develop multifunctional soft materials (hydrogels) from hemicelluloses for biomedical and food applications. We combine chemo-enzymatic methods to modify the molecular structure of the hemicelluloses and to tailor their assembly and rheological properties. In this project we want to understand the assembly mechanisms that drive the gel formation upon …

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Towards zero defects in packaging materials

Modern produktutveckling är till allt större del virtuell vilket innebär att datormodeller används för att förutspå en förpacknings beteende innan den existerar fysiskt. Fördelen med att använda datormodeller är att produktutvecklarna kan pröva nya ideer och koncept virtuellt utan att tillverka dyra fysiska verktyg samt att ledtiden från ide till produkt kan kortas avsevärt. Vidare …

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Textilier från träd: Processoptimering genom röntgenspridningsanalys.

Den globala efterfrågan på textilfibrer ökar kraftigt, samtidigt som världens bomullsproduktion har stagnerat bland annat p.g.a. konkurrens om den odlingsbara arealen. Bomullsproduktion medför dessutom en stor belastning på miljön, och det finns starka incitament att ersätta både bomull, och den oljebaserade polyesterfibern, med ett mera miljövänligt och långsiktigt hållbart alternativ såsom cellulosa från trä. Idén …

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Fundamental understanding of the moisture uptake in modified wood

The use of wood and wood based materials in moist environments is limited because of these material’s susceptibility to decay fungi.  The durability thus needs to be improved, which can be achieved by chemical wood modification. The exact mechanisms behind the increased durability of modified wood is however not known, but the lowered moisture content is …

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New bio-based packaging and engineering plastics

The project is focused on the chemical design and development of new monomeric building blocks from lignin and cellulose feedstocks. These building blocks mainly include different cyclic diols, diesters, diamines, etc, to prepare mechanically rigid and thermally stable bio-based thermoplastics for use as high-performance packaging and engineering plastics.

Fouling and cleaning of membrane processes in ligno-cellulosic biorefineries

Reduction of fouling and efficient cleaning is of great importance for membrane processes to be successfully implemented in ligno-cellulosic biorefineries on an industrial scale. The key objective of this project is to develop real time methods to analyse fouling and cleaning plus new cleaning methods, e.g. enzymatic cleaning.  Thus, the project aims to reduce water consumption, …

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Constitutive modeling for macro-micro delamination for paperboard/Tow ards zero defects in packaging technology

The project aims to develop experimental methods for characterizing packaging materials. In the project, the microstructure of packaging materials w ill be methodically characterized and linked to mechanical properties. Traditionally, mechanical testing of paperboard material has been carried out without regard to micro-level mechanisms. With new experimental methods such as in situ x-ray tomography, much …

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The role of water availability in fungal degradation of lignocellulosic materials

We need to increase the use of lignocellulosic materials in all sectors in society, e.g., both as construction materials and as feedstock for the chemical industry. The possiblilty of such an increase is dependent on whether we can make construction materials more durable by eco-friendly methods, and the lignocellulosic feedstock easier to degrade in the …

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