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Pham Ngoc T et al. 2014 Industrially benign super-compressible piezoresistive carbon foams with tunable wetting properties: From environmental to electrical applications. Scientific Reports by Nature Publishing Group.
 

Towards optimal selective fractionation for Nordic woody biomass using Novel Amine-Organic Superbase derived Switchable Ionic Liquids (SILs). 2014. Biomass and Bioenergy. (Accepted - Further details to be published here. Bio4Energy Catalysis and Separation is the relevant B4E R&D Platform.)
 

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)
 

Royne F. 2014. Life cycle perspective in environmental strategy development on the industry cluster level - a case study of five chemical companies. Journal of Cleaner Production. (Accepted by the publisher; More details will be published here.)
 

Mäkelä M, Geladi P, Larsson, SH, Finell M. 2014. Pre-treatment of recycled paper sludge with a novel high-velocity pilot cyclone: Effect of process parameters on convective drying efficiency. Applied Energy, 131 (15 October), 490-498
 

Fagerström J, Näzelius I-L, Gilbe C, Boström D, Öhman M, Boman C. 2014. Influence of Peat Ash Composition on Particle Emissions and Slag Formation in Biomass Grate Co-combustion. Energy & Fuels, 28 (5) 3403-3411
 

Prabhakar Soudham V, Brandberg T, Mikkola J-P, Larsson C. 2014. Detoxification of acid pretreated spruce hydrolysates with ferrous sulfate and hydrogen peroxide improves enzymatic hydrolysis and fermentation. Bioresource Technology, August (166), 559-565
 

Life-cycle Management Conference short paper: Røyne F, Berlin J, Ringström E, Coutiño AM. 2013. A cradle-to-gate life cycle assessment of an industry cluster of five chemical companies, Chalmers Conferences, LCM 2013
 

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
 

Herrera MA, Mathew AP, Oksman K. 2014. Gas permeability and selectivity of cellulose nanocrystals films (layers) deposited by spin coating. Carbohydrate Polymers; In press
 

f3 Centre report: Berlin J, Røyne F, Ekendahl S, Albers E. 2013. State of the art of algal biomass as raw material for bioenergy production. SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden/Bio4Energy & Chalmers University of Technology
 

f3 Centre report: Optimal localisation of next generation biofuel production in Sweden - Part II. 2013. Bio4Energy: Umeå University, Luleå University of Technology and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences; Linköping University; Chalmers University of Technology; SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden &; Innventia.
 

f3 Centre report: Comparative system analysis of carbon preserving fermentations for biofuel production. 2014. Bio4Energy/Luleå University of Technology, SEKAB E-Technology & Lund University.
 

Andersson J, Lundgren J. 2014. Techno-economic analysis of ammonia production via integrated biomass gasification. Applied Energy, 7 March.
 

Andersson J, Lundgren J, Marklund M. 2014. Techno-economic analysis of methanol production via pressurised entrained-flow biomass gasification systems. Biomass and Bioenergy, May, 64: 256-268
 

Nilsson R, Bauer F, Mesfun S, Hulteberg C, Lundgren J, Wännström S, Rova U, Berglund K. 2014. Techno-economics of carbon preserving butanol production using a combined fermentative and catalytic approach. Bioresource Technology, June 2014, 161: 263-269
 

Mesfun S, Lundgren J, Grip C-E, Toffolo A, Kudahettige Nilsson RL, Rova U. 2014. Black liquor fractionation for biofuels production—A techno-economic assessment. Bioresource Technology, August, 166: 508-517
 

Oksman K, Mathew AP, Bismarck A, Rojas O, Sain M. 2014. Materials and Energy: Handbook of Green Materials. Vol 5: Processing Technologies, Properties and Applications. Wold Scientific.com
 

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 Synth 2014, 3, 147–154
 

Mathew A, Oksman K, Karim Z, Peng L, Khan SA, Naseri N. 2014. Process scale up and characterisation of wood cellulose nanocrystals hydrolysed using bioethanol pilot plant. Industrial Crops and Products, Vol 58, 212–219
 

Ahlkvist J, Päivi M-A, Mikkola J-P. 2014. Macro-Molecules as a Source of Levulinic Acid. International Review of Chemical Engineering, Vol 6 (1) Jan, 44-58
 

Gräsvik J, Winestrand S, Normark M, Jönsson LJ and Mikkola J-P. 2014. Evaluation of four ionic liquids for pretreatment of lignocellulosic biomass. BMC Biotechnol, 14:34
 

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
 

Normark M, Winestrand S, Lestander TA, Jönsson LJ. 2014. Analysis, pretreatment and enzymatic saccharification of different fractions of Scots pine. BMC Biotechnology, Vol 14:20
 

Anugwom I, Eta V, Virtanen P, Mäki-Arvela P, Hedenström M, Hummel M, Sixta H, Mikkola J-P. 2014. Switchable Ionic Liquids as Delignification Solvents for Lignocellulosic Materials. ChemSusChem, Published online 11 March 2014
 

Eta V, Anugwom I, Virtanen P, Mäki-Arvela P, Mikkola J-P. 2014. Enhanced mass transfer upon switchable ionic liquid mediated wood fractionation. Industrial Crops and Products, Vol 55, April, 109-115
 

Garcìa-Serna J, Moreno T, Biasi P, Cocero MJ, Mikkola J-P, Salmi TO. 2014. Engineering in direct synthesis of hydrogen peroxide: targets, reactors and guidelines for operational conditions. Green Chem., Advance Article
 

Blomqvist J, Leong SL, Sandgren M, Lestander T, Passoth V. 2014. Temperature-dependent changes in the microbial storage flora of birch and spruce sawdust. Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry 61, 1, 58–64
 

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
 

Biswas AK, Rudolfsson M, Brostrom M, Umeki K. 2014. Effect of pelletizing conditions on combustion behaviour of single wood pellet. Applied Energy, April, 79–84
 

Hyvärinen S, Mikkola J-P, Murzin DYu, Vaher M, Kaljurand M, M. Koel M. 2014. Sugars and sugar derivatives in ionic liquid media
obtained from lignocellulosic biomass: Comparison of capillary electrophoresis and chromatographic analysis. Catalysis Today, 223, 18–24
 

Trunina AN, Darvin ME, Kordás K, Sarkar A, Mikkola J-P, Lademann J, Meinke MC, Myllylä R, Tuchin VV, Popov AP. 2014. Monitoring of TiO 2 and ZnO Nanoparticle Penetration Into Enamel and Dentine of Human Tooth IN VITRO and Assessment of Their Photocatalytic Ability. IEEE J of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, 20, 3, May-June
 

Kirilin AV, Hasse B, Tokarev AV, Kustov LM, Baeva GN, Bragina GO, Stakheev AY, Rautio A-R, Salmi T, Etzold BJM, Mikkola J-P, Murzin YM. 2014. Aqueous-phase reforming of xylitol over Pt/C and Pt/TiC-CDC catalysts: catalyst characterization and catalytic performance. Catal. Sci. Technol., 2014, 4, 387-401
 

Zhou M, Rownahi AA, Hedlund J. 2013. Synthesis of mesoporous ZSM-5 zeolite crystals by conventional hydrothermal treatment. RSC Adv., 3, 15596-15599
 

Korelskiy D, Leppäjärvi T, Zhou H, Grahn M, Tanskanen J, Hedlund J. 2013. High flux MFI membranes for pervaporation, J of Membrane Science, Volume 427, 15 January, 381-389
 

Sjöberg E, Sandström L, Öhrman OGW, Hedlund J. 2013. Separation of CO2 from black liquor derived syngas using an MFI membrane. Journal of Membrane Science, Volume 443, 15 September, 131-137
 

Zhou H, Korelskiy D, Sjöberg E, Hedlund J. 2013. Ultrathin hydrophobic MFI membranes. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 21 September
 

Korelskiy D, Ye P, Zhou H, Mouzon J, Hedlund J. 2014. An experimental study of micropore defects in MFI membranes. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, Vol 186, 1 March, 194-200
 

Ranocha P, Dima O, Nagy R, Felten J, Corratgé-Faille C, Novák O, Morreel K, Lacombe B, Martinez Y, Pfrunder S, Jin X, Renou J-P, Thibaud J-B, Ljung K, Fischer U, Marinoja E, Boerjan W, Goffner D. 2013. Arabidopsis WAT1 is a vacuolar auxin transport facilitator required for auxin homoeostasis. Nature Communications, doi:10.1038/ncomms3625
 

Leino E, Kumar M, Mäki-Arvela P, Aho A, Kordás K, Leino A-R, Shchukarev A, Murzin DY, Mikkola J-P. 2013. Influence of the synthesis parameters on the physico-chemical and catalytic properties of cerium oxide for application in the synthesis of diethyl carbonate. Materials Chemistry and Physics, Vol.143:1, December, 65-75
 

Böllhöner B. 2013. Significance of hydrolytic enzymes expressed during xylem cell death, 49 pp. Doctoral thesis.
 


Driver GW, Johnson KE. 2014. Interpretation of fusion and vaporisation entropies for various classes of substances, with a focus on salts. Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics, Volume 70, March, 207–213
 

Amer E, Stenvall J, Gren P, Sjödahl M. 2013. Stimulated LIF studied using pulsed digital holography and modelling, Proc. SPIE 8788, Optical Measurement Systems for Industrial Inspection VIII, 87883M (May 13)
 

Amer E, Gren P, Sjödahl M. 2013. Stimulated laser induced fluorescence holography for imaging fluorescent species. Optics Communications, Volume 311, 15 January, 124-128
 

Amer E, Gren P, Sjödahl M. 2013. UV laser interaction with a fluorescent dye solution studied using pulsed digital holography, Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 21, 25316-25323
 


Mahboubi A, Ratke Ch, Gorzás A, Kumar M, Mellerowicz EJ & Niittylä T. 2013. Aspen SUCROSE TRANSPORTER 3 allocates carbon into wood fibers, Plant Physiology, October, 113
 

Risberg M & Gebart R. 2013. Numerical modeling of counter-current condensation in a Black Liquor Gasification plant. Applied Thermal Engineering, 58 (1-2), 327–335
 

Risberg M, Öhrman OGW, Gebart BR, Nilsson PT, Gudmundsson A & Sanati M. 2014. Influence from fuel type on the performance of an
air-blown cyclone gasifier
. Fuel, August
 

Marklund M, Weiland F, Westerberg P, Gebart R, & Göktepe B. 2013. Process Characterisation of Pilot-Scale Production of Syngas Via Pressurised Gasification of Biomass. Bioenergy 2013, 198–203
 

Zhu W, Lestander TA, Örberg H, Hedman B, Xie G, Xiong S. 2013. Cassava stems: a new resource to increase food and fuel production. GCB Bioenergy
 

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
 

Oveisi E, Lau A, Sokhansanj S, Lim CJ, Bi X, Larsson SH, et al. 2013. Breakage behavior of wood pellets due to free fall. Powder Technology, 235, 493-9
 

Anderson J-O, Toffolo A. 2013. Improving energy efficiency of sawmill industrial sites by integration with pellet and CHP plants. Applied Energy, vol. 111, 791-800
 

Gräsvik, J. 2013. Ionic liquids in biorefining: synthesis and applications. Doctoral dissertation. Umeå: Umeå University
 

Nystedt B. et al. 2013. The Norway spruce genome sequence and conifer genome evolution, Nature. Published online 22 May 2012
 

Weiland, F., Hedman, H., Marklund, M., Wiinikka, H., Öhrman, O., Gebart, R. 2013. Pressurized oxygen blown entrained-flow gasification of wood powder. Energy & Fuels 27, 932-941
 

Pesquet E et al. 2013. Non-Cell-Autonomous Postmortem Lignification of Tracheary Elements in Zinnia elegans. Plant Cell, 9 April.
 

Mesfun S, Toffolo A. 2013. Optimization of process integration in a Kraft pulp and paper mill – Evaporation train and CHP system. Applied Energy, Vol. 107, July 2013, 98-110
 

Wind JJ, Peviani  A, Snel B, Hanson J & Smeekens SC. 2012. ABI4: Versatile Activator and Repressor. Trends in Plant Science, 18 (3), 125–132
 

Zhou M, Hedlund, J. 2012. Oriented monolayers of submicron crystals by dynamic interfacial assembly. J. Mater. Chem., 2012, 22, 3307-3310
 

Zhou H, Korelskiy D, Leppäjärvi T, Grahn M, Tanskanen J, Hedlund J. 2012. Ultrathin zeolite X membranes for pervaporation dehydration of ethanol. Journal of Membrane Science, Volumes 399–400, 1 May 2012, Pages 106-111
 

Rownaghi AA, Rezaei F, Hedlund J. 2012. Selective formation of light olefin by n-hexane cracking over HZSM-5: Influence of crystal size and acid sites of nano- and micrometer-sized crystals. Chemical Engineering Journal, vol. 191, May 2012, p. 528-533
 

Hedlund J, Grahn M, Korelskiy D, Rayson M, Öberg S, Briddon P R. 2012. Mass transport in porous media from first principles: An experimental and theoretical study. Journal of Membrane Science, Volumes 415–416, 1 October 2012, p 271-277
 

Korelskiy D, Grahn M, Mouzon J, Hedlund J. 2012. Characterization of flow-through micropores in MFI membranes by permporometry. Journal of Membrane Science, vol. 417-418 November 1, p. 183-192
 

Lestander T.A., Geladi P., Larsson, S.H., Thyrel M.. 2012. Near infrared image analysis for online identification and separation of wood chips with elevated levels of extractives. J of Near Infrared Spectroscopy, Volume 20 Issue 5, 591–599
 

Umeki K., Kirtania K., Chen L., Bhattacharya S. Fuel particle conversion of pulverised biomass during pyrolysis in an entrained flow reactor. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 2012, 51 (43), pp 13973–13979
 

Larsson, S.H., Rudolfsson, M., Nordwaeger, M., Olofsson, I., Samuelsson, R. 2013. Effects of moisture content, torrefaction temperature, and die temperature in pilot scale pelletising of torrefied Norway spruce. Applied Energy, 102, 827-32
 

Umeki K., Moilanen A., Gόmez-Barea A., Konttinen J. 2012. A model of biomass char gasification describing the change in catalytic activity of ash, Chemical Engineering Journal. 207-208, 616-624
 

Salminen E., Virtanen P., Kordás K., Mikkola J-P. 2012. Alkaline modifiers as performance boosters in citral hydrogenation over supported ionic liquid catalysts (SILCAs), Catalysis Today
 

M. Broström, A. Nordin, L. Pommer, C. Branca, C. Di Blasi. Influence of torrefaction on the devolatilisation and oxidation kinetics of wood, Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, Volume 96, July 2012, Pages 100-109
 

Lestander, T.A., Holmberg, C., Stenberg, L., Lehtonen R. 2012. Towards multivariate statistical process control in the wood pellet industry. Biomass and Bioenergy, Volume 45, October 2012, Pages 152-158  
 


Samuelsson, R., Larsson S.H., Thyrel, M., Lestander, T.A. 2012. Moisture content and storage time influence the binding mechanisms in biofuel wood pellets. Applied Energy, 99, 109-115 (November 2012)
 

Ingman, P., Driver, G. W., A quantitative ionicity scale for liquid chloride salts, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2012, accepted (DOI:10.1039/C2CP41754E)
 

Ji, X., Lundgren J., Wang Ch., Dahl J, Grip C-E. Simulation and energy optimisation of a pulp and paper mill – Evaporation plant and digester. Applied Energy 97 (2012) 30–37
 

Lam, P.S., Sokhansanj, S., Bi, X., Lim, C.J., Larsson, S.H. 2012. Drying characteristics and equilibrium moisture content of steam-treated Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii L.). Bioresource Technology 116, 396-402.
 


Tao G.C., Geladi P., Lestander T.A., Xiong S.J. 2012. Biomass properties in association with plant species and assortments. II: A synthesis based on literature data for ash elements. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 16 (5), 3507-3522
 

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Written by Anna Strom   
Tuesday, 31 January 2012 19:47
This month Bio4Energry scientists and their associates from nine countries will meet at Luleå, UlrikaRova 2011Ulrika Rova will lead a meeting to design a Bio4Energy Graduate School. Photo by Bio4Energy.
Sweden, to lay down a framework for a B4E Graduate School for doctoral students.
Overarching themes of the courses to be offered, aims and curricula of the graduate school, as well as the number and extent of agreements with foreign academic institutions will be hammered out by the 30-strong group.

Graduate school project leaders at Luleå University of Technology, Sven Molin and Ulrika Rova, expressed optimism that the 1-2 February meeting would produce the stuff of an application to ERASMUS Mundus, a European Union funding scheme for foreign exchange and education on the post-secondary level, the deadline for which expires late April this year.

“The meeting will be a kick-off point for designing the application. We will come up with a rough draft for the structure of examinations, the consortium agreement,... research topics, the structure of the organisation and, of course, the complete framework agreement for the PhD education and the associate partners”, said Molin, a former senior lecturer in Electronics at LTU in northern Sweden.

A complete programme

A grant from ERASMUS Mundus could allow the B4E partners to offer PhD students and researchers from all over the world training in almost every aspect of conducting research across the various links of the biorefinery value chain.

The academic programme would have a part focus on innovation and rendering results useful to industry and, more broadly, to society. About 60 per cent of the PhD students' training would be covered by the grant monies from ERASMUS Mundus, Molin said. This could be topped up by co-funding from the B4E core partner universities at Umeå and Luleå. These include LTU, Umeå University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

However time is pressing, with the encompassing application yet to be written by the "consortium", that is, the three academic partners in B4E and their associates universitites in Australia, Belgium, Italy and Finland and with more likely to join the effort.  

“We think we will have covered a lot of ground” when it comes to planning the graduate school and funding application, Molin said of the outcome of the imminent meeting. This will see researchers and administrators from the three B4E partner universities and their associates gather in various constellations at LTU and by video links, with their minds set on producing results in time.

“We have support from top”, said Molin, with a nod to a 1 February dinner for the meeting participants given by the LTU vice chancellor Johan Sterte.

International experience & usefulness to industry

“Today’s PhD students need to (be able to show that they) have international experience. The EU wants cooperation to increase” between academic institutions across the globe, he added.

While only ten grants in total would be issued by ERASMUS Mundus this year to academic consortia offering top-of-the-line PhD training, associate LTU professor Ulrika Rova, for her part, still thought that B4E stood a fair chance of winning one of them.This was because B4E could offer education, and conduct research, on almost every aspect of the biorefinery value chain and, more generally, on energy systems.

“Bio4Energy is not only about technology development”, said Rova, but also about providing a context to today's "policy and societal agendas" and providing "assessment of the technology.

"We look at implementation in industrial networks. This has to do with evaluating the technology in an environmental and a techoeconomical perspective.

“All these aspects will be addressed by the new graduate school”, Rova said. "Rendering research results accessible and useful to industry and society will be a very important aspect. This corresponds to what Bio4Energy has promised to deliver".