Catwalk of fibres
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:
- Investigating the effect of residual lignin on cellulose nanofibrils and nanopapers properties
- Recent Advances in the Development of Structured Materials from Nanocellulose and Biobased Polymers
- Tailoring the surface chemistry and morphology of nanocellulose structures for high performance composites
- The role of compressive and abrasive refining on fibre and paper structure
- Valorization of Biorefinery Streams by the Development of Advanced Materials from Lignin and Nano/micro-celluloses
A process revolutionising cotton recycling wins the H&M Global Change Award
The Ioncell-F™ process adapted for the conversion of waste-cotton into new textile was awarded as one of five winners among 2,700 proposals.
Defence of dissertation in the field of chemistry, M.Sc. (Tech.) Hanne Antila
The title of the dissertation is "Simulations of Polyelectrolyte Interactions in Salt".
Mari Lundström wants to recover and reuse metals. She approaches her task with a steely resolve.
Defence of dissertation in the field of organic chemistry, Essi Karppanen, M.Sc. (Tech.)
The title of the dissertation is "Chiral 9-phenyl-9H-fluoren-9- amines in asymmetric induction".
Bicycle designed by students is powered by solar energy
Students on the Advanced Project Design course implemented a solar powered electric bicycle.
Defence of dissertation in the field of bioproduct technology, Elina Niinivaara, M.Sc.
The title of the dissertation is "2-dimensional assembly of cellulose-based materials".