The research group for Biorefineries (Prof. Herbert Sixta)
Biorefineries Research Group
The limited reserves of easily available oil require the introduction of new concepts for the conversion of biomass into fuels and chemicals of high value. A biorefinery is a facility that integrates biomass conversion processes and equipment to produce fuels, power, and chemicals from biomass presently produced at a petroleum refinery (NREL definition). The biorefinery is overall carbon neutral and affords the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of substances hazardous to humans and the environment through the use of sustainable materials and smarter production.
The aim of the Biorefineries Research Group is the development of new fractionation methods for the mild and efficient separation of the polymeric constituents of lignocellulose and their conversion to high value-added products while avoiding the costly isolation of intermediates. If possible these processes will be integrated in the forest product and pulp and paper industries to create economic and environmental synergies for production of both the traditional and new bio-based products. In the design of novel production routes we strictly follow the rules of Sustainable and Green Chemistry. These principles will be equally considered in research and academic education.
The leader of the group is Professor Herbert Sixta.
The Biorefineries Research Group is a part of the Department of Forest Products Technology at Aalto University (previously Helsinki University of Technology). Department of Forest Products Technology, Building 1
Vuorimiehentie 1, 02150 Espoo
PO Box 16300