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Barros J, Serk H, Granlund I, Pesquet E. 2015. The cell biology of lignification in higher plants. Annals of Botany - Advance online access from 15 April 2015

Gulbrandsen TA, Johnsen IA, Tanase Opedal, Toven K, Oyaas K, Pranovich A, Mikkola J-P, Hoff BH. 2015 Extracting hemicelluloses from softwood and bagasse as oligosaccharides using pure water and microwave heating. Cellulose Chemistry and Technology, 49(2), 117-126

Prabowo B, Umeki K, Yan M, Nakamura MR, Castradi MJ, Yoshikawa K. 2014. CO2–steam mixture for direct and indirect gasification of rice straw in a downdraft gasifier: Laboratory-scale experiments and performance prediction. Applied Energy, 113, 670-679  

Serk H, Gorzsás A, Tuominen H, Pesquet E. 2015. Cooperative Lignification of Xylem Tracheary Elements. Plant Signal Behav, 11:0. (E pub ahead of print)

Konwar LK, Mäki-Arvela P, Salminen E, Kumar N, Thakur AJ, Mikkola J-P, Deka D. 2015. Towards carbon efficient biorefining: Biomass conversion using multifunctional mesoporous solid acids obtained from biodiesel wastes. Appl.Cat.B Env., (Accepted, APCATB-D-15-00131R1), DOI:10.1016/j.apcatb.2015.03.005

Rautio A-R, Pitkänen O, Järvinen T, Samikannu A, Halonen N, Mohl M, Mikkola J-P, Kordás K. 2015. Electric double-layer capacitors based on multi-walled carbon nanotubes: Can nanostructuring of the nanotubes enhance performance?. nanostructuring of the nanotubes enhance performance?. J.Phys.Chem., C 119 (7), 3538–3544

Lin J-F, Kukkola J, Sipola T, Raut D, Samikannu A, Mikkola J-P, Mohl M, Toth G, Su W-F, Laurila T, Kordás K. 2015. Trifluoroacetylazobenzes for optical and electrochemical detection of amines. J.Mat. Chem., A (3) 4687-4694

Näzelius I-L, Fagerström J, Boman C, Boström D, Öhman M. 2015. Slagging in Fixed-Bed Combustion of Phosphorus-Poor Biomass: Critical Ash-Forming Processes and Compositions. Energy & Fuels, 29 (2) 894-908

Moilanen A, Lehtinen J, Kurkela M, Muhola M, Tuomi S, Carlsson P, Öhman M, Matas Güell B, Sandquist J, Lundgren J, Andersson J, Umeki K, Ma C, Kurkela E, Wiinikka H, Wang L, Backman R 2015. Biomass gasification fundamentals to support the development of BTL in forest industry. VTT Technology; No. 210, 201 pp

Jyoti Konwar LJ, Mäki-Arvela P, Salminen E, Kumar N, Thakur AJ, Mikkola J-P, Deka D. 2015. Towards carbon efficient biorefining: Biomass conversion using multifunctional mesoporous solid acids obtained from biodiesel wastes, Appl.Cat.B Env.

de Moraes Rocha GJ, Marcos Nascimento V, Gonçalves AR, Nunes Silva VF, Martín C. 2015. Influence of mixed sugarcane bagasse samples evaluated by elemental and physical–chemical composition. Industrial Crops & Products, 64, 52-58

Falk J, Berry RJ, Broström M, Larsson SH. 2015. Mass flow and variability in screw feeding of biomass powders—Relations to particle and bulk properties. Powder Technology, 276, May, 80-88

Biasi P, Sterchele S, Bizzotto B, Manzoli M, Lindholm S, Ek P, Bobacka J, Mikkola J-P, Salmi T. 2015. Application of the Catalyst Wet Pretreatment Method (CWPM) for catalytic direct synthesis of H2O2. Catalysis Today, Vol 246 (15 May), 207-215

Lin J-F, Kukkola J, Sipola T, Raut D, Samikannu A, Mikkola J-P, Mohl M, Toth G, Su W-F, Laurila T, Kordas K. 2015. Trifluoro-

Hooshmand S, Aitomäki Y, Norberg N, Mathew AP, Oksman K. 2015. Dry spun single filament fibers using only cellulose nanofibers from bio-residue. A C S Applied Materials and Interfaces (Submitted)

Lindström S, Nilsson D, Nordin A, Nordwaeger M, Olofsson I, Pommer L, Geladi P. 2014. Quality assurance of torrefied biomass using RGB, visual and near infrared (hyper) spectral image data. J. Near Infrared Spectrosc, 22(2), 129–139

Werner K, Pommer L, Broström M. 2014. Thermal decomposition of hemicelluloses. Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, 110, 130-137

Martín C, Garcia A, Schreiber A, Puls J, Saake B. 2015. Combination of water extraction with dilute-sulphuric acid pretreatment for enhancing the enzymatic hydrolysis of Jatropha curcas shells. Industrial Crops and Products, 64, 233-241 (In press)

Prawbowo B, Umeki K, Yan M, Nakamura MR, Castradi MJ, Yoshikawa K. 2014. CO2–steam mixture for direct and indirect gasification of rice straw in a downdraft gasifier: Laboratory-scale experiments and performance prediction. Applied Energy, 113, 670-679

Weiland F, Nilsson PT, Gebart R, Wiinikka H, Gudmundsson A, Sanati M. 2014. Online Characterisation of Syngas Particulates Using Aerosol Mass Spectrometry in Entrained-flow Biomass Gasification. Aerosol Science and Technology, 48(11), 1145-1155

Kudahettige-Nilsson R, Helmerius J, Nilsson R, Sjöblom M, Hodge D, Rova U. 2015. Biobutanol Production by Clostridium acetobutylicum Using Xylose Recovered from Birch Kraft Black Liquor. Bioresource Technology, 176, 71–79

Hökfors B, Boström D, Viggh E, Backman R. 2014. On the phase chemistry of Portland cement clinker. Advances in Cement Research, 1/2014

Ngoc Pham T, Samikannu A, Kukkola J, Rautio A-R, Pitkänen O, Dombovari A, Lorite GS, Sipola T, Toth G, Mohl M, Mikkola, Kordás K. 2014. Industrially benign super-compressible piezoresistive carbon foams with tunable wetting properties: From environmental to electrical applications. Scientific Reports 4 (6933) by Nature Publishing Group, 6

Risberg M, Öhrman O, Gebart R, Nilsson P, Gudmundsson A, Snati M. 2014. Influence of fuel type on the performance of an air-blown cyclone gasifier. Fuel, 116, 751-7599

Muala A, Nicklasson H, Boman C, Swietlicki E, Nyström R, Pettersson E, Bosson JA, Rissler J, Blomberg A, Sandström T, Löndahl J. 2014. Respiratory Tract Deposition of Inhaled Wood Smoke Particles in Healthy Volunteers. J Aerosol Med Pulm Drug Deliv, November 13. [Epub ahead of print]

Wagner DR, Holmgren P, Strandberg A, Wiinikka H, Molinder R, Broström M. 2014. Fate of Inorganic Species during Biomass Devolatilisation in a Drop Tube Furnace. Impacts of Fuel Quality on Power Production, October 26 –31, Snowbird, Utah, U.S.A. (Conference paper)

Strandberg A, Wagner DR, Holmgren P, Molinder R, Wiinikka H, Umeki, K. 2014. Influence of Biomass Particle Properties and Pyrolysis Conditions on Intrinsic Char Reactivity. Impacts of Fuel Quality on Power Production, October 26 –31, Snowbird, Utah, U.S.A. (Conference paper)

Wagner DR, Broström M. 2014. The effect of particle size, temperature, and residence time on biomass devolatilisation behaviour in a wire-mesh reactor. Impacts of Fuel Quality on Power Production, October 26 –31, Snowbird, Utah, U.S.A. (Conference paper)

Werner K, Pitrowska P, Gentili F, Holmlund M, Boman C, Broström M. 2014. Characterisation of Thermochemical Fuel Properties of Microalgae and Cyanobacteria. Impacts of Fuel Quality on Power Production. October, 26 –31 October, Snowbird, Utah, U.S.A. (Conference paper)

Liebsch D, Sunaryo W, Holmlund M, Norberg M, Zhang J, Hall HC, Helizon H, Jin X, Helariutta Y, Nilsson O, Polle A, Fischer U. 2014. Class I KNOX transcription factors promote differentiation of cambial derivatives into xylem fibers in the Arabidopsis. Development, 141: 4311-4319 - This article is one of the editor's picks

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)

Schmidt SA, Kumar K, Shchukarev A, Eränen K, Mikkola J-P, Murzin DY, Salmi T. 2013. Preparation and characterization of neat and ZnCl2 modified zeolites and alumina for methyl chloride synthesis. Appl. Cat. A: General, 468, 120-134

Werner K, Pommer L, Broström M. 2014. Thermal decomposition of hemicelluloses. Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, August 2014 (In press)

Lestander T, Rudolfsson M, Pommer L, Nordin A. 2014. NIR provides excellent predictions of properties of biocoal from torrefaction and pyrolysis of biomass. Green Chemistry, 16 (12), 4906 - 4913 (October)

Henriksson E, Lundmark R. 2013. Structural Changes in Industrial Electricity Use: The Case of the Pulp and Paper Industry in Sweden. Energy Efficiency, 6(2): 305-314

Mansikkasalo A, Lundmark R, Söderholm P. 2014. Market behavior and policy in the recycled paper industry: a critical survey of price elasticity research. Forest Policy and Economics, 38: 17-29

Olsson A, Lundmark R. 2014. Modelling the competition for forest resources: The case of Sweden. Journal of Energy and Natural Resources, 3(2): 11-19

Börjesson M, Ahlgren E, Lundmark R, Athanassiadis D. 2014. Biofuel futures in road transport: A modeling analysis for Sweden. Transport Research part D, 32: 239-252

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

Anugwom I, Eta V, Virtanen P, Mäki-Arvela P, Hedenström M, Yibo M, Hummel M, Sixta H, Mikkola J-P. 2014. Towards optimal selective fractionation for Nordic woody biomass using novel amine–organic superbase derived switchable ionic liquids (SILs). Biomass and Bioenergy. Available online 8 September 2014


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, Berlin J, Ringström E. 2014. Life cycle perspective in environmental strategy development on the industry cluster level - a case study of five chemical companies. Journal of Cleaner Production. Published online 20 August

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

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

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Research B4E Aims for ERASMUS Mundus to Back Graduate School
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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".