A new material for the biorefinery industry, potentially worth thousands of Swedish kronor per kilogramme? Yes, such has been discovered, according to Swedish national public radio's morning newscast Ekot, of today, 4 May 2012.
Developed by Bio4Energy scientists at the Luleå University of Technology (LTU), the new material based on reject wood fibre from industrial processes at Domsjö Fabriker at Örnsköldsvik, Sweden; and which in future might line milk cartons or become a component of other types of packaging, are again hitting the headlines. The discovery is another step in Bio4Energy's quest to develop tools and methods for designing efficient materials, fuels and energy based on forest-sourced materials or organic waste. In this case, the new nano-based material could come to replace alumina liners or plastic films.
They are detailed in two scientific articles, both by the same group of researchers at the Material Sciences' division of LTU. Please find them listed below.
- Jonoobi M, Mathew A P, Oksman K. Producing low-cost cellulose nanofiber from sludge as new source of raw materials. Industrial Crops and Products 40 (2012), 232-238.
- Herrera M A, Mathew AP, Oksman K. Characterization of cellulose nanowhiskers: A comparison of two industrial bio-residues, 2012 IOP Conf. Ser.: Mater. Sci. Eng. 31 012006.
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