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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

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

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Written by Anna Strom   
Thursday, 05 April 2012 16:11
Three senior members of Bio4Energy have fully or partly changed jobs. RikardGebart MagnusMarklundAll smiles as B4E scientist Rikard Gebart hands over the leadership of the Energy Technology Centre at Piteå to Magnus Marklund, he too of B4E, with a symbolic gesture. Photo by courtesy of the ETC.

Björn Sundberg, head of the B4E Feedstock Platform, will be transitioning into a new role with Stora Enso, the multinational pulp and paper company, stepping up his presence at the firm’s Stockholm-based headquarters to 80 per cent by the end of this year. For now, he retains the leadership of the Feedstock research team in B4E.

After some 20 years in the academy, most of which at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), professor Sundberg wanted to make the partial transition to industry to “try something new.

"I will be responsible for research and development within forest biotechnology. In particular I will work towards our eucalypt plantations in South America and Asia, notably in China", Sundberg said of the work ahead at Stora Enso.
“I have the ambition to keep my responsibilities in Bio4Energy during (the remaining) 20 per cent of my time. We will see how this develops”, said Sundberg who has been a key figure over the years at the Umeå Plant Science Centre, a research centre of excellence shared by SLU and Umeå University.

Magnus Marklund new head of ETC

Thermochemical Platform leader This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it also retains his role in B4E, but leaves his post as managing director at the B4E partner Energy Technology Centre at Piteå, a biorefinery technology research and development institute in northern Sweden, after 12 years at its helm. From 1 April he serves as a professor at Luleå University of Technology (LTU) and spends about 50 per cent of his time coordinating the Swedish Gasification Centre (SFC), launched last year.

“I worked previously in the academy. I have been missing not being able to do my own research in the fields of thermochemistry and gasification which are my specialties. I have plenty of ideas for that”, said Gebart of his expanded role at LTU where, since 1997, he has taken turns being an adjunct professor at the divisions of Fluid Mechanics or of Energy Sciences. His publications list there suggests that in fact he has not completely been able to keep from publishing scientific articles during the while, several of which together with his successor, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Marklund too is a senior researcher in B4E, working closely with Gebart at the ETC since 2001 and holding a PhD degree in Fluid Mechanics from LTU. Confirmation of his appointment came late last month as the ETC Board decided to give preference to Marklund who purportedly faced staunch competition from contenders to the role of managing director not presently employed by the ETC.

“I feel very proud and honoured to be let take on this role, but also humble before it”, Marklund said of the appointment.

He said that he was looking forward to taking further current lines of research and development at ETC, such as launching a second phase of a successful project involving “direct” gasification of forest logging residues. Avoiding intermediate steps or refining of the biomass, the techniques used in this project were designed to turn tree branches, tops, stumps or sawdust into either automotive biofuels or “clean” multi-use synthesis gas, he explained. In a recent newscast, Swedish public radio picked up on this project which, its backers hope, will be the start of a process to replace a fifth of automotive fossil fuel consumption in Sweden with biofuels by applying a technology know as 'integrated gasification combined cycle' to biomass in the form of forest residues (clip provided below).  

However, Marklund also intended for the ETC to venture into new areas of research. “I have a vision of expanding (our work to encompass) a sustainable energy energy system in general… and of attracting the right people for it”, he said, adding that he felt that he had already started into his new role.

“I have already rolled up my sleeves. It is exciting and challenging at the same time”.

A press release in Swedish (attached) describing the job changed was issued to specialised and local Swedish press. Please go to our 'In the Press' section to read the coverage.

Radio newscast 'Ekot' from 4 April 2012 published with permission of Sveriges Radio. To listen to the clip about research by ETC and LTU, move the sound marker to 15:03.

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