Gallina G, Garcia Serna J, Salmi T, Mikkola J-P. 2014. Optimized H2O2 production in a trickled bed reactor, using water and methanol enriched with selectivity promoters. Chemical Engineering Science, Ms. No.: CES-D-14-00736R1 (Accepted)
Brolund J, Lundmark R. 2014. Bioenergy innovations and its determinants: a negative bionominal count data analysis. Drewno (in press)
Börjesson M, Ahlgren E, Athanassiadis D, Lundmark R. 2014. System effects of CO2 reduction and oil phase-out on bioenergy utilization in Sweden. GCB Bioenergy (in press)
Salminen E, Mäki-Arvela P, Virtanen P, Salmi T, Mikkola J-P. 2014. Isomerization of alpha-pinene oxide to campholenic aldehyde over supported ionic liquid catalysts (SILCAs), Top. Catal. (in press), DOI: 10.1007/s11244-014-0330-4
Tore Aa. Gulbrandsen TA, Ingvild A. Johnsen IA, Tanase Opedal M, Toven K, Øyaas K, Pranovich A, Mikkola J-P, Hoff BH. 2014. Extracting hemicelluloses from softwood and bagasse as oligosaccharides using pure water and microwave heating. Cellulose Chemistry and Technology (In press)
Waste Refinery report: Bisaillon M et al. 2014. Styrmedel för ökad biogasproduktion/Policy Instruments for Increased Biogas Production. SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden/Bio4Energy, Profu, Swedish Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering
Anugwom I, Eta V, Mäki-Arvela P, Virtanen P, Lahtinen M, Mikkola J-P. 2014 The effect of switchable ionic liquid (SIL) treatment on the composition and crystallinity of birch chips (Betula pendula) using a novel alkanol amine-organic superbase-derived SIL. Green Process Synth2014, 3, 147–154
García-Serna J, Moreno T, Biasi P, Cocero MJ, Mikkola J-P, Salmib TO. 2014. Engineering in direct synthesis of hydrogen peroxide: targets, reactors and guidelines for operational conditions. Green Chem, 16, 2320 - Manuscript
Sterchele S, Biasi P, Centomo P, Campestrini S, Shchukarev A, Rautio A-R, Mikkola J-P, Salmi T, Zecca M. 2014. The effect of the metal–precursor reduction with hydrogen on a library of bimetallic Pd-Au and Pd-Pt catalysts for the direct synthesis of H2O2. Catalysis Today, Special issue on hydrogen peroxide
Aitomäki, Y, Oksman K, Mathew A and Jonoobi M. 2013. Conference proceedings: Impregnation of cellulose nanofibre networks with a thermoplastic polymer at the advancements in fiber-polymer composites. Wood fiber, natural fibres and nano cellulose conference, Milwaukee, U.S.A., 6-7 May
Domsjö Fabriker, which Indian-owned production site is the only biorefinery in Sweden, is part of Bio4Energy's industrial network. Photo by courtesy of Domsjö Fabriker AB. Bio4Energy has seven research platforms, each of which corresponds to a link in the biorefinery value chain.
Bio4Energy is a research environment that develops methods and tools for operating the biorefinery value chain from A to Z. There are five "process" platforms. Their members work to provide science to ensure that all steps of that chain may be run in an economically, environmentally and a socially sustainable way. In addition, there is one Process Integration Platform that serves to link up the work carried out across the others, and one Environmental Platform to check that Bio4Energy's credentials are as "green" as they are claimed to be. Bio4Energy notably aims to align its operations on sustainability criteria set out under the European Union's 2009 renewable energy directive. As far as possible, these efforts should pave the way for Bio4Energy's industrial partners to design products and processes that are energy efficient and emit no or a minimum of noxious emissions, including no or low climate-change inducing or toxic output.
The feedstock in processes developed by Bio4Energy is sourced from forests or organic waste and so not from biomass which might be used for food production. Biofuels and other products developed by Bio4Energy are second generation or more advanced. In Bio4Energy platform leaders and their closest helpers are called principal investigators (PIs). For the Bio4Energy Feedstock, Environmental, Process Integration, Catalysis and Separation and the Biochemical Platforms, as well as the Bio4Energy Thermochemical Platform, these PIs have been listed under the respective platform banners below, along with further Bio4Energy members of staff. As of July 2013, there is also a full listing of members and contact details for researchers on the Bio4Energy Pretreatment and Fractionation Platform.
Contact details for Bio4Energy researchers are available for the Environmental, Process Integration, Catalysis and Separation, Biochemical, Pretreatment and Fractionation and Feedstock Platforms by clicking on the respective headers/banners in the box with the designer arrow below.
Bio4Energy Feedstock Platform
Forest growth has been seen as northern resource as it is plentiful in several Scandinavian countries. On the Feedstock platform researchers attempt to understand what trees are made of and, where appropriate, to modify their characteristics so that trees can be designed for use for a specific purpose. Photo used with permission.
The research in the Bio4Energy Feedstock Platform aims at:
Increasing the quantity and quality of plant biomass sourced from forests and;
Developing efficient processes for conversion of biomass to valuable products and energy.
Platform leader is Björn Sundberg at the Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC) and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), both Sweden. His office is located at the UPSC premises of the Chemical-biological Centre at Umeå University (UmU). Since October 2012, professor Sundberg spends 80 per cent of his time working for Stora Enso, a plup and paper multinational company headquarted in Stockholm, Sweden.
Said Sundberg: "Our research is focused on the developmental and biosynthetic regulation of secondary xylem-wood formation. Wood biomass, fibre morphology, and ultrastructure and chemistry of cell walls are all industrially important properties determined during the wood-forming process. Specific targets of our research are the physiological function and downstream signalling of endogenous ethylene in wood formation, cellulose biosynthesis in wood fibres, and novel tools for wood phenotyping".
The following researchers are part of the Bio4Energy Feedstock Platform:
Bio4Energy Pretreatment and Fractionation Platform
Reserachers on the Pretreatment and Fractionation Platform design technology to provide well-defined, fractionated biomass for further upgrading. Photo used with permission. The Bio4Energy Pretreatment and Fractionation Platform is a leader in the area of research on:
Maximally prepared biomass sourced from forests or organic waste;
The use of tree cell wall polymers as raw material for producing electrictiy, heat, biofuels and value-added 'co-products' by biorefinery methods;
Creation and development of nanobiocomposites and;
Torrefaction or roasting as a method to pre-treat woody materials to be used for production of heat, electricity or fuel.
Platform leader is Kristiina Oksman of Luleå University of Technology (LTU), in northern Sweden.
Video courtesy of LTU/viavasterbotten.
The following researchers are part of the Bio4Energy Pretreatment and Fractionation Platform:
Researchers on the Thermochemical Platform develop thermal technologies based on gasification and combustion of forest-sourced biomass or organic waste. Photo used with permission. Researchers on the Bio4Energy Thermochemical Platform have set out to develop a complete set of experimentally validated sub-models that can be combined in different ways to predict all technologically important processes for thermal conversion of biomass, including reactions with containment materials.
Platform leader is the Umeå University professor Rainer Backman, taking over in June 2014 from Rikard Gebart, of the Luleå University of Technology (LTU) and the LTU Biosyngas Programme.
Biochemical Platform researchers develop biocatalysts and bioprocesses, notably by using microbial conversion of forest-sourced biomass. Photo used with permission. On the Bio4Energy Biochemical Platform researchers develop new biocatalysts and bioprocesses designed for efficient conversion of lignocellulose into commodities such as second-generation biofuels, "green" chemicals and bio-based materials.
Platform leader is Leif Jönsson of Umeå University, seconded by Ola Sundman.
The following researchers are part of the Bio4Energy Biochemical Platform:
MSU: Michigan State University, Michigan, U.S.A.; Chemical Engineering and Materials Sciences
Bio4Energy Catalysis and Separation Platform
Scientists on the Bio4Energy Catalysis and Separation Platform conduct world-leading research on integrated catalysis and separation processes for use in lignocellulose-based biorefinery. The research is highly multidisciplinary and focuses on the areas catalysis, materials development and integrated separation processes.
Platform leader is Jonas Hedlund of the Luleå University of Technology (LTU).
Radio spot in Swedish courtesy of Swedish public radio, Sveriges Radio P4 Norrbotten.
The following reserachers are part of the Bio4Energy Catalysis and Separation Platform.
The Bio4Energy Process Integration Platform provides systematic and general methods for designing integrated production systems, ranging from individual processes to total sites, to aid in the development of efficient biorefinery production. There is a special special emphasis on energy and resource efficiency.
Platform leader is professor Andrea Toffolo of the Luleå University of Technology (LTU).
The following researchers are part of the Bio4Energy Process Integration Platform:
Scientists on the Bio4Energy Environmental Platform do research to render waste products or surplus energy of biorefinery useful for other processes, or to check the efficiency and sustainability of products or processes over their life cycle. Photo published with permission. The Bio4Energy Environmental Platform has set out to provide the checks and balances in the work of the overall research programme to create environmentally sound and sustainable biorefinery processes. These should be run efficiently and turn out energy-efficient products, as well as cause or produce no or a a minimum of environmental pollutants and undesirable by-products or waste.
14th International Congress on Combustion by-products and Their Health Effects, PIC2015, Umeå, Sweden, 14-17 June 2015
Registration and Abstract Submission Opens 7 January 2015
Abstract Submission Deadline 15 February 2015
Early Bird Registration Deadline 31 March 2015
PIC 2015 Theme: Origin, fate and health effects of combustion-related air pollutants in the coming era of bio-based energy sources
New fuels – new residual products
Sources and emission control
Dioxins and furans
New and emerging POPs
Soot and organic aerosols: Formation and characterisation
Metals and ash chemistry in aerosols
Health effects of solid biomass combustion
Health effects of car exhaust – focus on biofuels
New approaches for assessing health effects of air pollution related to combustion
Advanced diagnostics and measurement methods
Bio4Energy contact: Stina Jansson, PhD, Organising Chair; Phone: +46 90 786 7622; Local congress homepage
Umeå Renewable Energy Meeting 2015, Umeå, Sweden, 25-27 March 2015
The Umeå Renewable Energy Meeting--an annual international scientific seminar with a focus is on the latest trends in renewable energy research--2015 is said to have "Bio4Energy profile". Two Bio4Energy researchers are at the helm of its organisation and part of the organising committee. Other programmes at Umeå University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences supporting the event are BioImprove, Trees and Crops for the Future, Solar Fuels and the Artificial Leaf Project.
UREM 2015 thematic focal areas
Thermal and biochemical conversion technologies
Natural and artificial photosynthesis
8 February - Last day for submitting abstracts
16 March - Last day of registration
Opening talk (representative of IEA, IIASA, or similar)
Seminar: Fossil-free Fuels - Markets and Measures, Gothenburg, Sweden 21 January 2015
Time: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Place: Chalmers University of Technology, Room: Palmstedt Hall
Markets for fossil free fuels – technology and market conditions
Technology and market conditions for fossil free fuel use in road, marine and air transport. Special focus on recent developments in combustion technology and tailor-made biofuels.
Policy and renewable transportation fuels for global sustainability
The role of policy, sustainability and transitional barriers for increasing production and use of renewable fuels in transportation. The session includes a discussion on required research and development in a European context.
Organisers: Swedish Knowledge Centre for Renewable Transportation Fuels, Chalmers University of Technology and the Swedish internal Energy Combustion Consortium. Bio4Energy contact: Joakim Lundgren, f3 Coordinator in Bio4Energy
Venue: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences at Umeå. Room 'Björken'.
Licentiate Seminar: Process and Properties of Continuous Fibres Based on Cellulose Nanocrystals andNanofibres, Luleå, Sweden, 4 December 2014
Saleh Hooshmand 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 Kristiina Oxman, 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
Thesis Defence: Heterogeneously Catalysed Valorisation of Monoterpenes to High Value-added Chemicals, Umeå,Bio4Energy student researcher Mikhail Gohlets in the laboratory. Photo by courtesy of Mikhail Golets. Sweden, 4 December 2014
Venue: Stora hörsalen ("Large Lecture Hall"), KBC Building, Umeå University.
Bio4Energy Researchers' Meeting - End of Round One, Skellefteå, Sweden, 20-21 November 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 Anna Strom, Bio4Energy Communications.
Day 1 - 20 November
Bio4Energy 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)
by 13 November
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.
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!
Sylvia Larsson, Bio4Energy Pretreatment and Fractionation Platform. Photo credit: Sylvia Larsson.Associate Professorship Awards, Umeå, Sweden, 2 October 2014
International conference: Lignin 2014 - Biosynthesis & Utilisation, Umeå, Sweden, 24-28 August
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 Edouard Pesquet, Bio4Energy Feedstock Platform and Anna Strom, 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.
A visionary video about Sliperiet, the Lignin 2014 conference venue The 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.
Faculty opponent: Professor Franz Winter, Faculty of Technical Chemistry, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
PhD Student Supervisor: Professor Dan Boström, Umeå University, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics and Bio4Energy Environmental Platform
Crash Course in Pulping for PhD Students, Umeå, Sweden, 26-28 May 2014
The Umåe Plant Science Centre (UPSC) will organise this course in connection to the Bio4Energy Graduate School. For more information, contact Hannele Tuominen or Johannes Hanson, 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;
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?.
Training Courses in Instrumental Analysis for Post-graduate Students, Luleå, Sweden, Various dates
The Division of Chemical Engineering at Luleå University of Technology offer the following training courses:
Gas and Liquid Chromatography (5 hp/ECTS credits) – March-April 2014;
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (5 hp/ECTS credits) – April-May 2014;
Scanning Electron Microscopy (5 hp/ECTS credits) – May 2014;
X-ray Diffraction (5 hp/ECTS credits) – September 2014.
Each course contains 6-7 lectures describing the theory behind each instrument technique, the structure of the instruments, and the types of analyses that can be made using these techniques.
They also include two laboratory exercises where the participants will have a chance to become familiar with the state-of-art equipment available at the Division of Chemical Engineering. Click here for more information regarding the instrumentation.
Each course is concluded by a written examination or student assignment. The grades given are Pass or Fail.
Register by clicking
and submitting the following information:
- Name of the course or courses the participant wishes to register for;
- Participant name and national identification/social security number;
- Affiliation (university, department, division);
- Denomination of participant's research field;
- Participant's contact information (e-mail and phone number, please).
Bio4Energy Researchers' Meeting, Umeå, Sweden, 13-14 May 2014 - POSTPONED. Further information will be posted as and when a new date has been set for the meeting
A Spring Bio4Energy Researchers' Meeting will be held in the vicinity of Umeå, Sweden, from lunch to lunch. A key discussion point will be B4E operational strategy and projects for 2015-2020. All B4E researchers are kindly requested to attend.
Open Seminar: Skall EU bestämma till vad och hur vår biomassa användas?, Sundsvall, Sweden, 8 May 2014
A one-day seminar held in Swedish and discussing the policy framework reigning in the bioenergy and biorefinery industry in the European Union, with an emphasis on the impact of current policies or the lack thereof on industrial actors in Sweden. The seminar is organised by the Swedish stakeholders Biofuel Region and its Forest Refine project, together with Åkroken Science Park and BioBusiness Arena. Biofuel Region/Forest Refine contact is Magnus Matisons, phone: +46 70 352 4494.
10:00-10:10 Welcome by Magnus Matisons, Project manager Forest Refine and Stellan
Marklund, Bio4Energy Programme Manager
10:10 - 10:40 Flexible feedstock pretreatments and processes, Krister Sjöblom, Bio Portfolio Manager, Valmet (previously Metso)
Forest Refine Session: Developing the Supply Chain
10:40 - 11:00 Future Biorefineries - Opportunities and obstacles, Magnus Matisons, Biofuel Region
11:00 - 11:20 Chemical Balances and Available Potentials of Forest Biomass for Biorefineries, Dimitris Athanassiadis, SLU
11:20 - 11:40 Effects of New Harvesting Technologies on Supply Chain Cost for Young Forests, Dan Bergström, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
11:40 – 12:00 Forest Biomass Supply Chain Cost for Biorefineries: Comparison of current and future systems, Fulvio di Fulvio, SLU
12:00 - 12:20 Bark as a feedstock for biorefineries - systems, properties and handling aspects. Juha Nurmi, Finnish Forest Research Institute (METLA)
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch
Bio4Energy Session: Developing Methods and Tools for Biorefinery Operations
1:30-1:50 Bio4Energy and partners creates methods and tools for conducting efficient and sustainable biorefinery, Stellan Marklund, Bio4Energy Programme Manager
2:00-2:15 Liquid biofuel from recalcitrant biomass: From laboratory to a near industrial scale, Leif Jönsson, Bio4Energy Biochemical Platform
2:20-2:35 Facilitating biomass conversion: Pre-treating biomass by roasting, Anders Nordin, Bio4Energy Pretreatment and Fractionation Platform
2:40-2:55 The Bio4Energy Graduate School on the Innovative Use of Biomass for PhD students: Filling a void in the Swedish higher education system, Sylvia Larsson, Bio4Energy Pretreatment and Fractionation Platform
Forest Refine session: Refinery Processes
3:30-3:50 Raw Material Requirements of Biorefinery Processes, Jonas Joelsson, SP Processum AB
3:50-4:10 Fractioning of Forest Biomass, Håkan Örberg, SLU
4:10-4:30 High-value Chemicals from Forest Biomass: Losses in the supply chain, Hanna Lappi, METLA
4:30-4:50 Significance of Pre-treatment of Biomass in the Biomass Value Chain, Tero Tuuttila, Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius
4:50-5:10 Sum Up and Discussion
6:30 Dinner at Restaurang Norrlandsoperan
Bio4Energy Graduate School, Second Course: Systems Perspectives on
Bioresources, Luleå, Sweden, 18 March - 13 June 2014
Course credits: 7.5
Tuesday 18 March
Systems analysis - Introduction
Joakim Lundgren, Luleå University of Technology (LTU)
The current and future global energy supply situation
Joakim Lundgren, LTU
Biomass in a sustainable energy system
Pål Börjesson, University of Lund
Bioenergy and climate policies
Patrik Söderholm, LTU
Wednesday 19 March
Markets for forest resources - characteristics and price formation
Robert Lundmark, LTU
Environmental aspects on bioenergy supply and use
Cost-effective bioenergy plant localisation
Elisabeth Wetterlund, LTU
Life Cycle Assessments (LCA)
Johanna Berlin, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden
Thursday 20 March
Economic assessment methods
Joakim Lundgren, LTU
Process integration methods
Andrea Toffolo, LTU (TBC)
Process integration methods
Mikael Larsson, MEFOS (TBC)
Individual projects start and planning
Joakim Lundgren, LTU
Friday 21 March
Projects start and planning, continued
Joakim Lundgren, LTU
Umeå Renewable Energy Meeting, Umeå, Sweden, 17-19 March 2014
The following Umeå-based research programmes or research environments are represented: Solar Fuels, Artificial Leaf Project, Bio4Energy, BioImprove and Trees and Crops for the Future. The symposium will cover a broad range of topics including global energy and climate change research, artificial and natural photosynthesis, hydrogen production using microorganisms and bioenergy.
This meeting is open to the public as well as researchers and student interested in renewable energy. The programme includes a poster session, presentations and social activities. The meeting has been growing over the years and in 2013 had 250 participants. The symposium is being organised together with the KBC Graduate School. PhD students who participate with a poster will receive a certificate from KBC Graduate School worth one university credit (ECTS).
Bio4Energy and the Organising Committee hopes to welcome you at Umeå 17-19 March, the latter consisting of the following researchers: Ludvig Edman, Thomas Wågberg, Johannes Messinger, Leif Jönsson, Hannele Tuominen, Per Gardeström, Göran Samuelsson. Bio4Energy contacts for this symposium are Leif Jönsson, Hannele Tuominen and Per Gardeström.
Registration is available under this link until 10 March.
Bio4Energy Thesis Defence on 'Green' Chemicals, Umeå, Sweden, 14 February 2014
Time and place: 1 p.m. at lecture hall N320, Natural Sciences' Building, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden
PhD Thesis Defence: Detoxification of inhibitory hydrolysates and potential utilisation of residual streams for production of enzymes, Umeå, Sweden 29 November 2013
Time and place: 10:15 a.m. at lecture hall KB3A9, KBC Building, Umeå University
Details: Adnan Cavka of the Bio4Energy Biochemical Platform will defend his thesis Biorefining of lignocellulose: Detoxification of inhibitory hydrolysates and potential utilization of residual streams for production of enzymes. Faculty opponent will be professor Jack Saddler, Forest Products Biotechnology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
PhD Thesis Defence: Significance of hydrolytic enzymes expressed during xylem cell death, Umeå, Sweden, 8 November 2013
Time and place: 10 a.m. at lecture hall F, Humanist Building, Umeå University
Details: Benjamin Bollhörner of the Bio4Energy Feedstock Platform will be defending his thesis on the Significance of hydrolytic enzymes expressed during xylem cell death. Faculty examiner will be Dr Moritz Nowack of the VIB Department of Plant Systems Biology at Ghent University, Belgium. Student supervisor has been Hannele Tuominen of the Bio4Energy Feedstock Platform and the Umeå Plant Science Centre.
Bio4Energy Graduate School: Close of the 2013 Biorefinery Pilot Research course, Piteå, Sweden, 7 November 2013
This course is open to Bio4Energy researchers at the PhD and postdoctoral level. The Biorefinery Pilot Research course is being run by
of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. A 'grand finale' with student presentations and a joint dinner with stakeholders has been announced. This last leg of the course will be hosted by the B4E partner Energy Technology Centre at Piteå.
Bio4Energy Researchers' Meeting, Luleå, Sweden, 15 October 2013
This meeting will discuss plans and future organisational strategy for Bio4Energy, should it
gain a second operational mandate beyond 2015. The theme for research presentations will be strategic collaborative research and development projects in Bio4Energy. An invitation and a meeting programme have been issued to Bio4Energy researchers. Contact point for this meeting is Anna Strom, Bio4Energy Communications.
Inauguration of Torrefaction Pilot Facilities, Umeå, Sweden, 9 October 2013
B4E Pretreatment and Fractionation Platform. The inauguration will start at 6:15 p.m. at the site of the Fornax BTX Facility. This is located at a combined heat and power installation adjacent to the Umeå University main campus. BioEndev, Umeå Energi and the Processum Biorefinery Initiative are some of the partners to this event.
Illustration (right) by courtesy of Anders Nordin.
Processum Biorefinery Initiative Ten-year Anniversary, Umeå, Sweden, 9 October 2013
The SP Processum has invited special guests to celebrate its first ten years in the biorefinery business with an event at Umeå University. The event will start at 4:30 p.m.. Processum contact is Ing-Marie de Wall.
Seminar: Biofuels Programme and the Potential of Bioenergy in Africa, Umeå, Sweden, 8 October 2013
This seminar hosted by Leif Jönsson of Bio4Energy will meet from 3:15 p.m. at lecture hall 450 of the Umeå University Natural Sciences' Building.
Guest speaker will be Emile van Zyl, Senior Chair of Energy Research in Biofuels, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Seminar: The New Pathway for Formation of PCDD/F in Thermal Processes, Umeå, Sweden, 4 October 2013
The seminar is hosted by Stellan Marklund and will meet from 1:30 p.m. at the "Small Lecture Hall" (Lilla hörsalen) KB3A9 at the Umeå University KBC Building (Chemistry and Biology complex).
Guest lecturer will be Bogdan Dlugogorski from the Priority Research Centre for Energy, Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment of the University of Newcastle, Callaghan, Australia.
Called 'Upscaling of biotechnical routes to green chemicals', this seminar which is open to the public will focus on biochemical conversion of forest-sourced biomass to fuels and "green" chemicals and on taking products made in a research laboratory to the demonstration stage. Contact person is Sune Wännström, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden.
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: Premises of Processum Biorefinery Initiative and the Domsjö Fabriker biorefinery, both at Örnsköldsvik.
Invited speaker from European or U.S. demonstration site, TBC
Presentation of Biorefinery Demo Plant and SP-Processum pilot facilities at Örnsköldsvik including tour
Challenges and opportunities in scale up of biorefinery production
-- Inauguration of Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Forest Biomaterials and Technology Department, Umeå, Sweden, 22 August 2013
When : 09:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Where: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) at Umeå and SLU BTC pilot plant at Röbäcksdalen Address: BTC, Skogsmarksgränd & Verkstadsgatan 22 Contact: Johanna Wallsten, SLU, phone: +46 90 786 8497
09:30 Coffee in Åteln, SLU 5th floor 10:00 Information about the new department - P-O Bäckströms sal/Large auditorium, 6th fl.
Head of department Michael Finell on R&D on plans for R&D at the new department
Håkan Örberg on the pilot plant BTC and the biomass dryer
Scientists from the department on ongoing research projects
12:00 Workshop and lunch (Åteln 5th fl.) with roundtable discussions 14:15 Bus leaves for Röbäcksdalen from entrance at 4th fl. 14:30 Visit of BTC pilot plant and inauguration of new biomass dryer. Coffee will be served. 15:15 Bus ride back to Campus Umeå
Bio4Energy Graduate School First Course: Biorefinery Pilot Research, Umeå. Sweden, 14-16 May 2013
Registration is open to PhD students in Bio4Energy until 15 April 2013. Post-doctoral student may also submit an expression of interest in attending the course. To register, please send an e-mail to the Bio4Energy graduate school coordinator Ulrika Rova, Luleå University of Technology. The Biorefinery Pilot Research course will be run by Sylvia Larsson of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
Seminar by industry-academy Forest Chemistry project, Stockholm, Sweden, 11 April 2013
Fee: Free of charge Where:Innventia main office, Drottning Kristina väg 61 B, Stockholm Registration to: Ing-Mari de Wall, Processum Biorefinery Initiative Contacts: Lars Josefsson, +46 70 558 7673; Leif Jönsson, +46 90 786 6811; Carl Johan Franzen, +46 31 772 3808
13:00-13:05 Welcome, Lars Josefsson, INEOS Sweden Ltd. 13:05-13:30 The Forest Chemistry VINNOVA project, Clas Engström, Processum Biorefinery Initiative
13:30-14:30 Advanced biofuel solutions: INEOS Bios technology, Graham Rice, INEOS Bio Ltd. 14:30-15:00 An overview of pretreatment and enzymatic hydrolysis: status and challenges, Leif Jönsson, Umeå University 15:00-15:30 Coffee break 15:30-15:50 POLYNOL - Integrated production of polymers and ethanol from forest and sugar cane industries, Niklas Berglin, Innventia 15:50-16:20 Other fermentation products besides ethanol - status and challenges, Carl Johan Franzén, Chalmers
16:20-17:00 Discussion on possibilities and challenges
Bio4Energy Graduate School Opening Conference – Skellefteå, Sweden, 19-20 March 2013
The Bio4Energy Graduate School will officially begin its works on 19-20 March 2013 with a grand opening conference to be held in Skellefteå. On Day 1, from 10.00 to lunch, keynote lectures will be given by well-known guest speakers, while presentations given by PhD students and post-doctorate student will take up the rest of Day 1 and all of Day 2. PhD students and PostDocs are encouraged to submit their abstracts. The best one will be awarded a Solander prize.
The conference is dedicated in particular to PhD students and PostDocs, who will not pay a fee to attend the conference. This is an opportunity for them to present their research, exchange ideas and knowledge and enhance their own networks. Industrial partners and PhD student supervisors are welcome to attend, but will be charged a fee. The conference will be given annually, and participation in at least two of these conferences will be required for graduation. More information about the conference and abstract submission will be sent out after the Christmas vacation, but in the meanwhile book your calendars! Meeting_Programme_First_Programme_Conference_B4E_Graduate_School
Umeå Renewable Energy Meeting, Umeå, Sweden, 25-27 February 2013
The KBC homepage says: "The meeting aims to strengthen and display our efforts towards research in the renewable energy field that is carried out within several strong research environments and research programmes at Umeå University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences: Solar Fuels, Artificial Leaf Project, Bio4Energy, BioImprove and Trees and Crops for the Future".
PhD students who participate with a poster receive 1 ECTS certificate from the KBC Research School, the announcement says.
The Organising Committeeis made up of Bio4Energy members Johannes Messinger, Leif Jönsson, Johannes Hanson, Hannele Tuominen and Per Gardeström. Göran Samuelsson is also part of the committee. UREM 2013 Programme
HighBio2 Seminar: Biomass To Energy And Chemicals, Luleå, Sweden, 16 January 2013
Venue: Luleå University of Technology, Porsön, room E246. Register with Henna Lämpiäinän.
13:00 Registration 13:15 Opening of the seminar, Ulla Lassi, Professor, University of Oulu / Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius
13:30 Modeling of black liquor gasification - current status and comparison with pilot scale experiments, Rikard Gebart, Professor, Division of Energy Science, Luleå University of Technology 14:00 Membrane technology for efficient production of biofuels, Jonas Hedlund, Professor, Division of Sustainable Process Engineering, Luleå University of Technology
14:30 Coffee Break
14:45 Forest Refine - A cross border project for efficient raw material supply to biorefineries, Magnus Matisons, Project Manager - Forest Refine, BioFuel Region 15:05 Pilot Gasifier Producer Gas Analysis and Measurement Arrangements in Sievi Laboratory, Kari Pieniniemi, Researcher, Centria University of Applied Sciences 15:35 Activation of gasification carbon residue for adsorption applications, Sari Kilpimaa, Researcher, University of Oulu 16:05 Catalytic conversion of syngas over CO catalysts, Henrik Romar, Researcher, Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius / Ulla Lassi, Professor, Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius.
16:30 Discussion 17:00 Closing of the seminar --
Bio4Energy Licentiate Lecture: Isolation and Characterisation of Nano-structured Materials, Luleå, Sweden, 4 December 2012
Workshop on Gasification Modelling, Luleå, Sweden, 21 November 2012
The Swedish Centre for Biomass Gasification (SFC) consists of three research nodes that focuses on three different gasification principles. Regardless of gasification principle there are certain aspects of the conversion of fuel particles and gas phase reactions that are the same. However, each gasification principle presents a unique set of challenges for the modelling researcher. This workshop is intended to bring together specialists and engineers with an interest in modelling and to create an environment for the sharing knowledge that hopefully will speed up the development of gasification models. The workshop has two parts, the first focusing on the microscopic details of fuel conversion and the gas phase reactions (sub models). The second targets the macroscopic behavior of the different reactor types (reactor models). The workshop will be made up of presentations and a discussion about the models and sub models.
Workshop dinner. All participants are invited to join a dinner on the evening before the workshop.
08:00–08:30 Introduction and presentation of participants 08:30–09:30 Modelling of fuel particles and gas phase 09:30–10:00 Coffee 10:00–12:00 Modelling of fuel particles and gas phase 12:00–13.00 Lunch 13:00–14:30 Reactor modelling 14:30–15:00 Coffee 15:00–16:30 Reactor modelling 16:30–17:00 Workshop summary and discussion of future work
Innovation and the commercialisation of research results will be a special focus of the Energy and Environmental Week which seeks to attract business leaders, industry representatives, policy makers, researchers and those interested in research and innovation aimed at developing tools and methods for conducting efficient and sustainable biorefinery. Registration will be available by mid September on the Nolia (conference organiser) website. Bioenergy_2012_Programme_14-15_November
-- Workshop on Cellulose Derivatives, Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, 13-14 November 2012
The workshop will feature oral and poster presentation according to certain thematic topics. The authors of the accepted contributions will be invited to submit a full manuscript for publication to "Catalysis Today" (Elsevier), following the standard peer-review process of this journal. A CD rom featuering the workshop abstracts will be made available. Contact persons are Kostas Triantafyllidis and Anastasia Zabaniotou, co-chairs of UBIOCHEM-III Workshop. (No e-mail addresses were submitted for these contacts.)
Bio4Energy Researchers' Meeting, Skellefteå, Sweden, 8 October 2012
Bio4Energy Environmental Platform Meeting, Umeå, Sweden, 20 September 2012
The meeting will start at 9 a.m. Presentations will be given a.m. to describe the work by the participating research groups from Umeå University, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Luleå University of Technology and the SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden. The afternoon will be spent developing new joint projects. Contact point for this meeting is
, head of the Bio4Energy Environmental Platform.
Bioethanol in a Biorefinery Context, Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, 23-25 May 2012 -- Students who attended this course may be eligible for academic credit. Please check your status with the course coordinator/your contact among the organisers.
This was a graduate-level course arranged by the European Integrated Project NEMO in collaboration with BIOREGS, Bio4Energy and Umeå University. The contact person at the hosting institution Processum Biorefinery Initiative was Jennie Söderström, phone number +46 660-75049.