Thesis Defence: Spectroscopic characterisation of lignocellulosic biomass, Umeå, Sweden, 5 December 2014

Mikael-Thyrel Stina-JanssonBio4Energy PhD student researcher Mikael Thyrel and Stina Jansson, Bio4Energy PI. Photo by Anna Strom.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of the Bio4Energy Pretreatment and Fractionation Platform will be defending his PhD thesis Spectroscopic characterisation of lignocellulosic biomass. His main supervisor has been This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and secondary advisor Rainer Backman, both PIs in Bio4Energy.

Starts at: 10 a.m.

Venue: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences at Umeå. Room 'Björken'.

All welcome.

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Licentiate Seminar: Process and Properties of Continuous Fibres Based on Cellulose Nanocrystals andNanofibres, Luleå, Sweden, 4 December 2014

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of Wood and Bionanocomposites' research group of the Bio4Energy Pretreatment and Fractionation Platform will giving a licentiate seminar on Process and Properties of Continuous Fibres Based on Cellulose Nanocrystals and Nanofibres. Her supervisor has been This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , professor at the Luleå University of Technology, who is also a Bio4Energy research and development platform leader.

Starts at: 10 a.m.

Venue: LTU E231

All welcome.

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Thesis Defence: Heterogeneously Catalysed Valorisation of Monoterpenes to High Value-added Chemicals, Umeå,Mikhail-Golets 91014Bio4Energy student researcher Mikhail Gohlets in the laboratory. Photo by courtesy of Mikhail Golets. Sweden, 4 December 2014

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of the Bio4Energy Catalysis and Separation Platform will be defending his PhD thesis Heterogeneously Catalysed Valorisation of Monoterpenes to High Value-added Chemicals. His main supervisor has been the Umeå University professor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  who is one of the PIs responsible for research on "green" chemicals in Bio4Energy.

Starts at: 1 p.m.

Venue: Stora hörsalen ("Large Lecture Hall"), KBC Building, Umeå University.

All welcome.

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Bio4Energy Researchers' Meeting - End of Round One, Skellefteå, Sweden, 20-21 Bio4energy cmykNovember 2014

This seminar for Bio4Energy researchers will celebrate the end of the first round of Bio4Energy, 2010-2015. It will start with a lunch 20 November and end with a lunch 21 November. The seminar will be free of charge to Bio4Energy researchers, but registration is required. Contact for this meeting is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Bio4Energy Communications.  

Day 1 - 20 November

  • Bio4Energy's Future

  • Christoffer-Boman Linda-Pommer 1572Bio4Energy researchers Christoffer Boman and Linda Pommer at a Bio4Energy Mini Conference in 2012. Photo by Anna Strom.Bio4Energy Research to Be Continued

Day 2 - 21 November

  • New Tracks in Bio4Energy

Venue: Skellefteå City Hotell (Skellefteå Stadshotell)

Registration: to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 13 November

Programme: pdf  Bio4Energy-Researchers-Meeting-20-211114_Programme_final

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Bio4Energy Graduate School, First Leg of Biorefinery Pilot Research Course, Piteå, Sweden, 11-13 November 2014

First leg: 11-13/11 at Piteå
Second leg: 19-23/01/2015 at Örnsköldsvik and Umeå
Third leg: 23-24/03/2015 at Umeå

Course credits: 7.5

Bio4Energy Graduate School: Biorefinery Pilot Research, 1-13 November 2014

Date

Time

Location

Description

Speaker/teacher

PITEÅ

11/11

  1. 30
Pite havsbad

Check in at hotel

Sylvia Larsson (SL), SLU, B4E Pretreatment and Fractionation

  1. 00
  Lunch

 
  1. 00
  Welcome and introduction

SL

  1. 00
Introduction to innovation system roles

Hans Hellsmark (HH), SP, B4E Environmental

  1. 20
Innovation system   roles – group seminar + Coffee

SL & HH

  1. 40
Introduction to Technical Innovation Systems (TIS) and the strategic value of pilot and demonstration plants

HH

  1. 30-17.00
Introduction to Pilot Project Assignment

SL & HH

  1. 30
Dinner

 
  1. 30-20.00
Swimming at the adventure pool

 
 

12/11

  1. 20
ETC

Meet up at the ETC site on Industrigatan 1

SL

  1. 30
Introduction to experiments and seminars

Esbjörn Pettersson (EP), ETC & SL, B4E Thermochemical

  1. 00
ETC block I (2+2 groups for seminar and experiments)

ETC

  1. 00
Buffé lunch and networking

 
  1. 00
ETC block II (2+2 groups for seminar and experiments)

ETC

  1. 00
Summary

EP & SL

  1. 00
Dinner at ETC site

 
  1. 00
  Transportation to Pite havsbad

 
 

13/11

  1. 20
ETC

Meet up at the ETC site on Industrigatan 1

SL

  1. 30
Inspiration lecture part I

Ingvar Landälv (IL), LTU

  1. 30
Coffee and networking (preliminary poster viewing ETC & LTU GF)

 
  1. 00
Inspiration lecture part II

IL

  1. 00
ETC-LTU GF site introduction

Magnus Marklund, ETC & Fredrik Granberg, LTU; B4E Thermochemical

  1. 00
Lunch at Smurfit Kappa Kraftliner facilities

 
  1. 00-13.45
Summary of Piteå gathering

SL


Block I & II:

Seminar content (60-minute presentations with discussions followed by 20 minute break) by researchers on the Bio4Energy Thermochemical Platform:

  1. PEBG – From woody biomass to syngas (Fredrik Weiland, Research Engineer/PhD Candidate LTU)
  2. Purification and upgrading of gas streams (Linda Sandström, Researcher)
  3. Particulate matter formed during biomass conversion (Esbjörn Pettersson, Research Engineer, ETC at Piteå)
Demonstrations/experiments
  1. Preparation and characterisation of wood-based powders (Jonas Wennebro, Development Engineer, ETC at Piteå)
  2. DTF trials on specific biomass powders including aspects of powder feeding (Roger Molinder, Researcher, ETC at Piteå)
  3. Water treatment (Roger Molinder, Researcher, ETC at Piteå)
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Swedish Energy Agency Seminar on New Industrial Applications of Membrane Processes (in energy engineering/energy technology), Stockholm, Sweden, 12 November 2014 - meeting language will be Swedish

Bio4Energy contact is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Bio4Energy Process Integration Platform/Luleå University of Technology.SEA-logo

Seminarium om IEA:s aktiviteter inom industrisektorn: Membranprocesser i nya industriella tillämpningar

Energimyndigheten bjuder in till seminarium om svenskt deltagande i IEA:s aktiviteter inom industrisektorn.

Tid: 12 november, kl 10:00 – 16:30; Plats: Norra Latin, Drottninggatan 71B, Stockholm

Programme

10:00 Inledning och välkommen - Jennica Broman, Energimyndigheten

10:15 Internationella samarbetet - Thore Berntsson, IEA, IETS och syfte med dagens Ordförande IETS seminarium

10:35 Membranprocesser

Membranprocesser i bioraffinaderier - Ann-Sofi Jönsson, IETS Annex XVII Inst f kemiteknik, Lunds universitet

Membranes for process intensification and water recovery- Frank Lipnizki, Alfa Laval Business Centre Membranes

12:00 Lunch

13:00 Diskussion om membranprocesser i industrin

13:30 Industriella värmepumpar

Erfarenheter från IEA:s arbete - Roger Nordman, SP

industriella värmepumpar - Per- Åke Franck, CIT

Fortsatt arbete inom IEA Heat Pump Programme och läget i Sverige - Roger Nordman, SP

Vikten av riktig integration av värmepumpar i industriella processer - Per-Åke Franck, CIT

14:50 Kaffe

15:05 Integration av värmepump i pappers- och massaindustri

Öppen fjärrvärme som en katalysator för effektivare energianvändning möjlighet för industriella värmepumpar - Per Gullbrand, Fortum

16:00 Diskussion om industriella värmepumpar

16:30 Seminariet avslutas

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SP Processum - Bio4Energy Industrial Network Meeting, Umeå, Sweden, 21 October 2014Bio4energy cmyk

An Industrial Network Meeting will be held jointly by Bio4Energy and SP Processum, including a tour of the pilot facilities available to the biorefinery cluster at Umeå and an afternoon session of talks designed to bring industry and academy closer together. More information will be posted here closer to the date. SP Processum logotype PNG

Contacts for this meeting is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Bio4Energy Communications and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., SP Processum.  

Standardbiljett  

Meeting Programme

9 a.m. Departure for the Biomass Technology Centre pilot facilities at Röbäcksdalen, Umeå, from the Universium at the Umeå University main campus

10:15 a.m. Departure for the BioEndev Torrefaction Demonstration Unit at Holmsund, Umeå, from the BTC pilot at Röbäcksdalen

11:30 a.m. Departure for the Umeå University main campus from the Torrefaction Demonstration Unit at Holmsund

12 p.m. Lunch at the Umeå University Natural Sciences' Building, room N360 and membership discussions by SP Processum

1 p.m. Start of seminar programme, N360

Introduction by Clas Engström, CEO SP Processum and Stellan Marklund, Bio4Energy Programme Manager

2-2:20 p.m. Biochemical conversion of woody biomass into fuels and chemicals: Processes and patents to industry - Leif Jönsson, Bio4Energy Biochemical Platform and Roberth Byström, SEKAB E-Technology

2:30-2:50 p.m. System analysis of industrial processes and products - Johanna Mossberg, Bio4Energy Environmental Platform; Jonas Joelsson, SP Processum and; Joakim Lundgren, Bio4Energy Process Integration Platform

3-3:30 p.m. Coffee break

3:40-4 p.m. Thermochemical conversion of woody biomass into fuels and chemicals: Case of Bio4Gasification - Rainer Backman and Kentaro Umeki, Bio4Energy Thermochemical Platform

4:10-4:30 p.m. Ash chemistry and fuel design for the recycling of nutrients - Nils Skoglund, Bio4Energy Environmental and Thermochemical Platforms

4:40-5:40 p.m. Panel debate - Lars Winter, CEO Domsjö Fabriker; Anders Nordin, BioEndev and Bio4Energy Pretreatment and Fractionation Platform; Elvy Söderström, Municipality of Örnsköldsvik; Leif Jönsson, Bio4Energy Biochemical Platform

6 p.m. Dinner at the KBC Cafeteria, KBC Building, Umeå University

A warm welcome to our partners and friends in industry, the academy and at research institutes!

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This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Bio4Energy Pretreatment and Fractionation Platform and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Bio4Energy Feedstock Platform, will hold a lecture each marking their being awarded an associate professorship by the Bio4Energy member organisation Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). Sylvia Larsson will give a talk on Feeding the Bioeconomy, while Totte Nittylä has merely announced that he will be presenting his research.

Starting time: 10 a.m.

Venue: SLU at Umeå, Lecture hall Aspen

All welcome. 

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International conference: Lignin 2014 - Biosynthesis & Utilisation, Umeå, Sweden, 24-28 August Lignin-2014 profile

The Lignin 2014 conference aims to strengthen knowledge on the various aspects of lignin biosynthesis and use, from the basic cell biology, molecular biology to pre-treatment of plant biomass and use of the lignin. The conference is organised with the support of the Formas-financed strong research environment BioImprove and Bio4Energy, the Swedish government's Strategic Research Environment in matters of bioenergy and biorefinery, as well as the Umeå Plant Science Centre. Contacts for this conference are This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Bio4Energy Feedstock Platform and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Bio4Energy Communications.

The Lignin 2014 conference will be held at the newly built river-side Arts' Campus of Umeå University, at Umeå, in the city centre of 2014 European Capital of Culture.

The conference will discuss the following topics:The Lignin 2014 Organisation Committee. Photo by Anna Strom©.The Lignin 2014 Organisation Committee. Photo by Anna Strom©.
  1. Cell and developmental biology of lignin;
  2. Lignin monomers synthesis and transcriptional regulation;
  3. Oxidative polymerisation of lignin;
  4. Diversity of natural lignins;
  5. Modification of lignin in plants;
  6. Lignin characterisation technologies;
  7. Lignocellulose processing and extraction of lignin, and;
  8. New applications for lignin and lignin derivatives.

New as of 28 July 2014:

  • Please find an updated conference programme under this link and;
  • The list of confirmed speakers here plus;
  • A visionary video about Sliperiet, the Lignin 2014 conference venue UmU-Arts-Campus Photo-by-UmUThe Lignin 2014 venue: Umeå university's newly buit Arts' Campus - Sliperiet. Photo published with permission.situated in downtown Umeå, and a note on its history.
Registration is available here until 8 August 2014.

Submit your abstract here by 2 August 2014.

Bio4Energy and the UPSC bid participants and speakers a warm welcome to Lignin 2014 and Umeå, the 2014 European Cultural Capital.

The Lignin 2014 Organisation Committee:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC) and Bio4Energy, Umeå University (UmU), Sweden (General scientific contact)

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.UPSC and Bio4Energy, UmU, Sweden (Plant Biology)

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – Bio4Energy, UmU, Sweden (Industrial biotechnology, Chemistry)

Ewa Mellerowicz – UPSC and Bio4Energy, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Sweden

Mattias Hedenström - Department of Chemistry, UmU, Sweden

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – Bio4Energy, UmU, Sweden (Chemistry, industrial biotechnology)

Sacha Escamez - UPSC and Bio4Energy, SLU, Sweden

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PhD Thesis Defence: Ash Chemistry and Fuel Design, Focusing on Combustion of Phosphorus-rich UmU LogoBiomass, Umeå, Sweden, 5 June 2014

PhD researcher This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  of the Bio4Energy Environmental Platform will be defending his thesis Ash Chemistry and Fuel Design, Focusing on Combustion of Phosphorus-rich Biomass.

Starts at: 10:00 a.m.

Venue: Natural Sciences' Building, Room N430

Faculty opponent: Professor Franz Winter, Faculty of Technical Chemistry, Vienna University of Technology, Austria

PhD Student Supervisor: Professor Dan Boström, Umeå University, Department of Bio4energy cmykApplied Physics and Electronics and Bio4Energy Environmental Platform

All welcome.

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Crash Course in Pulping for PhD Students, Umeå, Sweden, 26-28 May 2014upsc logo ftg transpbg

The Umåe Plant Science Centre (UPSC) will organise this course in connection to the Bio4Energy Graduate School. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , both of the Bio4Energy Feedstock Platform.

The purpose of the course is to give biology students an overview and basic understanding of the kraft pulping process in technical, chemical and economical terms. A special focus will be placed on the properties of the raw material and on applying genetic engineering in tree breeding with a view to obtain improvements in the pulping process. The course consists of lectures, discussions and an on-site visit to pulp and paper operations. Students will have to pass a written examination to pass the course.

Contents of the Crash Course in Pulping:
  •           Kraft milling as a heavy industry, economical logistics and social importance;Bio4energy cmyk
  •           Raw materials for chemical pulping;
  •           Chemistry of wood polymers;
  •           Forestry and material flows;
  •           Wood handling, barking, chipping and storage;
  •           Chemistry of kraft pulping;
  •           Kraft pulping equipment;
  •           Closing chemistry and equipment;
  •           Bleaching chemistry and equipment and;
  •           How can GMO trees improve kraft pulping?.