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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 - All authors are members of Bio4Energy
 

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
 

Tao G.C., Lestander T.A., Geladi P., Xiong S.J. 2012. Biomass properties in association with plant species and assortments. I: A synthesis based on literature data of energy properties. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 16 (5), 3481-3506
 

Boström D, Skoglund N, Grimm A, Boman Ch, Öhman M, Boström M, Backman R. Ash Transformation Chemistry during Combustion of Biomass. Energy Fuels, 2012, 26 (1), 85-93
 

Visakh, P. M., Thomas, S., Oksman, K. and Mathew, A. P. (2012), Cellulose nanofibres and cellulose nanowhiskers based natural rubber composites: Diffusion, sorption, and permeation of aromatic organic solvents. J. Appl. Polym. Sci., 124: 1614–1623
 

Jonoobi M, Mathew A P, Oksman K. Producing low-cost cellulose nanofiber from sludge as new source of raw materials. Industrial Crops and Products 40 (2012), 232-238.
 

Lundmark L., Shahrammher S., Forest biomass and Armington elasticities in Europe, Biomass and Bioenergy, 35 (2011) 415-420
 

Lundmark R., Shahrammher S., Sweden’s import substitution possibilities for roundwood, Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, 2011; 26: 146-153
 

Umeki, K., Namioka, T., Yoshikawa, K. The effect of steam on pyrolysis and char reactions behavior during rice straw gasification, Fuel Processing Technology, 94 (2012) 53-60
 

Gräsvik J, Raut D G, and Mikkola J-P. Challenges and Perspectives of Ionic Liquids vs. Traditional Solvents for Cellulose Processing. Handbook of Ionic Liquids: Properties, Applications and Hazards. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. 2012. pp 1-34. (Open access book chapter.)
 

Wirawan Sang K., Creaser D., Lindmark L., Hedlund J., Made Bendiyasa I., Sediawan W.B.. H2/CO2 permeation through a silicalite-1 composite membrane. J of Membrane Sci, Vol. 375 (1-2) 313-32
 

Sandström L., Sjöberg E., Hedlund J.. Very high flux MFI membrane for CO2 separation. J Membrane Sci, Vol. 380 (1-2) 232-240
 

Eriksson D., Weiland F., Hedman H., Stenberg M., Öhrman O., Lestander T.A., Bergsten U., Öhman M. 2012. Characterization of Scots pine stump-root biomass as feed-stock for gasification. Bioresource Technology 104, 729-736
 

Lestander T.A., Lundström A., Finell M. 2012. Assessment of biomass functions for calculating bark proportions and ash contents of refined biomass fuels derived from major boreal tree species. Can. J. For. Res. 42 (1) 59–66
 


Larsson, S.H., Lestander, T.A., Crompton, D., Melin, S., Sokhansanj, S., 2012. Temperature patterns in large scale wood pellet silo storage. Applied Energy, 92, 322-327
 

Venkata Prabhakar Soudham, Björn Alriksson, Leif J. Jönsson, Reducing agents improve enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulosic substrates in the presence of pretreatment liquid, Journal of Biotechnology, 155(2): 244-250
 

Päivi Mäki-Arvela, Eero Salminen, Toni Riittonen, Pasi Virtanen, Narendra Kumar, and Jyri-Pekka Mikkola, The Challenge of Efficient Synthesis of Biofuels from Lignocellulose for Future Renewable Transportation Fuels, Int J of Chemical Engineering Vol 2012 (2012), 10 pages. (Open access.)
 

M A Herrera, A P Mathew and K Oksman, Characterization of cellulose nanowhiskers: A comparison of two industrial bio-residues, 2012 IOP Conf. Ser.: Mater. Sci. Eng. 31 012006
 

Caroline Häggström, Olov Öhrman, Ali A. Rownaghi, Jonas Hedlund, Rikard Gebart, "Catalytic methanol synthesis via black liquor gasification", Fuel Processing Technology 94 (2012) 10-15
 


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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".