The focus is in forest biomass and its processing to for example
solid wood products, fibers and cellulose fibrils.
Top-level research, cooperation, and tenacity gave rise to a fibre
made of domestic birch pulp
which even Marimekko found
The Department of Forest Products Technology is one of the four departments of Aalto University School of Chemical Technology. It is the leading unit in research and higher education in the forest products technologies in Europe and globally, with an average of 60 M.Sc. and 8-10 D.Sc. degrees annually.
Finite fossil fuel reserves and their negative impact on the environment require the shift from fossil to bio-renewable carbon feedstock. However, the recalcitrant nature of lignocellulose prevents access to its molecular building blocks. It is thus the general goal of our department to develop efficient pretreatment and fractionation processes to gain access to the native biopolymers for subsequent chemical transformation. Besides the development of valorization routes for lignin and hemicelluloses, the main emphasis of our department is placed on the development of high-quality fiber products from lignocellulose and cellulose, highlighted as the Catwalk of Fibers:
The project aims to accelerate benefits of the genomic era, by finding novel proteins and enzymes with totally new and useful properties.
The entrepreneurs behind Toihan Oy used to work at the Department of Forest Products Technology and have now found their niche in the forest industry.
Aalto Festival showcases the talents of Aalto University students, graduates and faculty in Helsinki and Espoo.
The title is: Lignin-modifying enzymes – Solid-state production and application in dye decolorization and enzymatic lignocellulose hydrolysis