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Scientific Articles

Pettersson K, Wetterlund E, Athanassiadis D, Lundmark R, Ehn C, Lundgren J, Berglin N. 2015. Integration of next-generation biofuel production in the Swedish forest industry – A geographically explicit approach. Applied Energy, 154, 317-332

Bach Oller A, Furusjö E, Umeki, K. 2015. Fuel conversion characteristics of black liquor and pyrolysis oil mixtures: Efficient gasification with inherent catalyst. Biomass & Bioenergy, available online 30 April

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

Avagyan R, Nyström R, Boman Ch, Westerholm R. 2015. Determination of hydroxylated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons by HPLC-photoionization tandem mass spectrometry in wood smoke particles and soil samples. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 05/2015. DOI: 10.1007/s00216-015-8638-x

Frishammar J, Söderholm P, Bäckström K, Hellsmark H, Ylinenpää H. 2015. The Role of Pilot and Demonstration Plants in Technological Development: Synthesis and Directions for Future Research. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 27(1) 1-1819

Raut DG, Sundman s, Su W, Virtanen P, Sugano Y, Kordás K, Jyri-Pekka Mikkola J-P. 2015. A Morpholinium Ionic Liquid for Cellulose Dissolution. Carbohydrate Polymers, Online 25 April

Golets M, Ajaikumar S, Mikkola J-P. 2015. Catalytic Upgrading of Extractives to Chemicals: Monoterpenes to "EXICALS". Chem. Rev., published online 23 April

Sandin G, Royne F, Berlin J, Peters GM, Svanström M. 2015. Allocation in LCAs of biorefinery products: implications for results and decision-making. Journal of Cleaner Production, 93, 15 April, 213–221


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

Research Research Platforms
Bio4Energy Research Platforms & Workshops Print E-mail

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
feedstock_600Forest 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:

UmU/UPSC, Umeå, Sweden Phone Office location  
Per Gardeström +46 90-786 5422 UmU KBC/UPSC: B4-34-45  
Johannes Hanson +46 90-786 6744
+31 30-253 3132
Benjamin Bollhöner   UmU KBC/UPSC  
Hannele Tuominen +46 90-786 9693 UmU KBC/UPSC: B3-54-43  
Edouard Pesquet +46 90-786 6918 UmU KBC/UPSC: B4-24-51  
Henrik Serk   UmU KBC/UPSC  
Sacha Escamez      
Bo Zhang      
Jakob Prestele      
Jaime Barros-Rios      
András Gorzsás +46 90 786 5918    
Anne Honsel   UmU KBC/UPSC: KB4C5  
Lenore Johansson   UmU KBC  
Thomas Dobrenel +46 90 786 9604 UmU KBC/UPSC  
SLU/UPSC, Umeå, Sweden      
Björn Sundberg +46 90-786 8382,
+46 73 076 5866
Urs Fischer +46 90-786 8411 UmU KBC/UPSC: KB5C7  
Lorenz Gerber +46 90-786 8411 UmU KBC/UPSC: KB5C7  
David Öhman   UmU KBC/UPSC  
Junko Takahashi Schmidt +46 90-786 8458 UmU KBC/UPSC  
Mir Amir Hossein Mahboubi   UmU KBC/UPSC  
Prashant Pawar   UmU KBC/UPSC  
Daniela Liebsch   UmU KBC/UPSC  
Totte Niittylä +46 90-786 8434 UmU KBC/UPSC: KB5C5  
Kjell Olofsson   UmU KBC/UPSC  
Ewa Mellerowitcz +46 90-786 8367 UmU KBC/UPSC: B6-42-45  
Xu Jin   UmU KBC/UPSC: KB4C8  
Hardy Hall   UmU KBC/UPSC  
Concetta Valerio      
Christine Ratke      
Judith Felten      
Sergey Miroshnichenko      
Marta Derba-Maceluch   UmU KBC/UPSC: B6-38-45  
Valentina Floran      
Christoffer Johnsson      
Utmut Rende      
Thomas Moritz   UmU KBC/UPSC: B5-18-45  
Gunnar Wingsle   UmU KBC/UPSC: B5-16-45  
Rishi Bhalerao   UmU KBC/UPSC: B5-40-45  
Harry Wu      
Peter Immerzeel  +46 90-786 8382    
SLU Alnarp, Sweden   Rörsjö Rd 1, Alnarp  
Henrik Böhlenius +46 40-415 178         
Innventia (R&D consultants)   Drottning Kristinas Rd 61, Stockholm, SE  
Sven-Olof Lundqvist +46 8-676 7151    
Thomas Grahn +46 8-676 7289    
Lars Olsson +46 8-676 7191    
Lars Wallbäcks +46 8-676 7286    
Thomas Trost +46 8-676 7087    




Bio4Energy Pretreatment and Fractionation Platform

pretreatment_fractionation_600Reserachers 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

Material Sciences' Division, LTU, Luleå, Sweden Phone Office location
Kristiina Oksman +46 92-049 3371 E170A
Aji Mathew +46 92-049 3336 E171B
Martha Herrera +46 92-049 3339 E172B
Yvonne Aitomäki +46 92-049 3382 E172B
Tommy Öman +46 92 049 3381 E172B
Albert Mihranyan   E158
Department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology,
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
, Umeå, SE
Torbjörn Lestander +46 90 786 8795

SLU, K2 006

Claes Tullin +46 10 516 5555 SP Technical Research
Institute of Sweden, Borås
Shaojun Xiong +46 90 786 5264   

SLU, K2 206

Sylvia H. Larsson +46 90 786 8790

SLU, K2 018

Mikael Thyrel +46 90 786 8774

SLU, K2 010

Magnus Rudolfsson +46 90 786 8774

SLU, K2 205

Robert Aulin +46 8 445 0771 BestWood, Sundbyberg
Sune Wännström +46 10 516 5947 

SP Technical Research
Institute of Sweden, Örnsköldsvik

Energy Technology and Thermal Process Chemistry,
Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden
Anders Nordin

+46 90 786 5264; 

+46 70 239 1133   

KBC Building, KB6C6
Linda Pommer +46 70 239 2691 KBC Building, KB6C7
Martin Nordwaeger +46 90 786 5971 KBC Building, KB6C8
Ingemar Olofsson +46 90 786 5988     KBC Building, KB6C3
Katarina Åberg +46 90 786 5988 KBC Building, KB6C5
























Bio4Energy Thermochemical Platform
thermochemica_600lResearchers 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.


Thermal Conversion of Biomass in Bio4Energy from Bio4Energy on Vimeo. Video by Bio4Energy, 26 June 2014.

The following researchers are part of the Bio4Energy Thermochemical Platform:

Thermochemical Energy Conversion Laboratory,
Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden
Rainer Backman

+46 90 786 5943;

+46 70 9801474

Applied Physics and Electronics: 

Thermochemical Energy Conversion Laboratory (TEC-Lab)

Dan Boström   Applied Physics and Electronics/TEC-Lab
Markus Broström   Applied Physics and Electronics/TEC-Lab
Christoffer Boman    
Nils Skoglund   Applied Physics and Electronics/TEC-Lab
Henrik Hagman    
Anna Strandberg    
Florian Schmidt   Applied Physics and Electronics/TEC-Lab
David Ray Wagner   Applied Physics and Electronics/TEC-Lab
Per Holmgren   Applied Physics and Electronics/TEC-Lab
Erik Steinvall      
Marcus Carlborg    
Damir Valiev   Applied Physics and Electronics/TEC-Lab
Robin Nyström   Applied Physics and Electronics/TEC-Lab
Energy Technology Centre at Piteå, Piteå, Sweden
(Research and development consultants)
Magnus Marklund    
Olov Öhrman    
Henrik Wiinikka    
Per Carlsson    
Roger Molinder    
Ulla Jonsson    
Fredrik Weiland    
Esbjörn Pettersson    
Alexey Sepman    
LTU, Luleå, Sweden    
Rikard Gebart +46 92 049 2196 Energy Sciences 
Marcus Öhman, Bio4Energy Vice Programme Manager +46 92 049 1977 Energy Sciences, E145
Kentaro Umeki    
Mikael Risberg    
Burak Göktepe    
Charlie Ma    
Daniel Nordgren    
Per Gren    
Henrik Lycksam    
Amit Kumar Biswas    
Eynas Amer    
Pantea Hadi Jafari   Energy Sciences

Bio4Energy Biochemical Platform
biochemical_600Biochemical 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:   

Umeå University (UmU), Umeå, Sweden Phone Office location
Leif Jönsson +46 90 7866811;
+46 660 75011
UmU: Chemistry B, 5th fl., 10 Linnaeus Rd, SE-90187
Sandra Winestrand +46 90 786 5467

UmU: Chemistry B, 5th fl., 10 Linnaeus Rd; & Billerud-Korsnäs

Thomas Gillgren   UmU: Chemistry B, 5th fl., 10 Linnaeus Rd
Adnan Cavka    
Anna Wallenius    
Monica Normark    
He Jun    
Madhavi Latha    
Guochao Wu    
Nidhi Pareek    
Stefan Stagge    
Stefana Ganea    
Ola Sundman +46 90 786 6072 UmU: Chemistry B, 5th fl., 10 Linnaeus Rd
Diana Reyes    
Carlos Martín Medina +46 72 280 5504 Chemistry B, 5th fl., 10 Linnaeus Rd, SE-90187
Zhao Wang    
Luleå University of Technology (LTU), Luleå, SE    
Kris Berglund +46 92 049 3070 LTU: Sustainable Process Engineering, C153
Paul Christakopoulos +46 92 049 2510 LTU: Sustainable Process Engineering, C153, SE-97187
Ulrika Rova +46 92 049 1315 LTU: Sustainable Process Engineering, C155, SE-97187
Jonas Helmerius +46 92 049 1771 LTU: Sustainable Process Engineering, C156
Josefine Enman +46 92 049 1267 LTU: Sustainable Process Engineering, C158
Magnus Sjöblom +46 92 049 1012 LTU: Sustainable Process Engineering, C162
Mireille Ginésy +46 92 049 2986 LTU: Sustainable Process Engineering, C157
Robert Nilsson +46 92 049 2479 LTU: Sustainable Process Engineering
Adam Jaros +1 734 277 0184 MSU: Michigan State University, Michigan, U.S.A.
Rasika Kudahettige-Nilsson    LTU: Sustainable Process Engineering
David Hodge +1 517 353 4508 MSU: Michigan State University, Michigan, U.S.A.;
Chemical Engineering and Materials Sciences, East Lansing, MI 48824
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).

The following reserachers are part of the Bio4Energy Catalysis and Separation Platform.

LTU, Luleå, Sweden Phone Office location
Jonas Hedlund +46 92 049 2105 Sustainable Process Engineering, C166
Erik Sjöberg +46 92 049 1460  Sustainable Process Engineering, C163
Han Zhou +46 92 049 1375 Sustainable Process Engineering, C159
Ming Zhou +46 92 049 1294 Sustainable Process Engineering, C147
Göran Wallin +46 92 049 2495 Sustainable Process Engineering, C133
Linda Sandström +46 92 049 1419 Sustainable Process Engineering, C167
Lindsay Ohlin +46 92 049 1387 Sustainable Process Engineering, C144
Danil Korelskiy +46 92 049 2315 Sustainable Process Engineering, C165
Elisaveta Potapova +46 92 049 1776

Chemical Engineering, C170

Mattias Grahn +46 92 049 1928

Chemical Engineering, C168

Johanne Mouzon +46 092 049 1960 Chemical Engineering, C164
Allan Holmgren +46 092 049 2140 Chemical Engineering, C142
Pengcheng Ye +46 092 049 3161 Chemical Engineering, C161
Simon Barnes +46 092 049 146 Chemical Engineering, C163
Amirfarrokh Farzaneh +46 092 049 287 Chemical Engineering, C144
Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden    
Jyri-Pekka Mikkola +46 90 786 5284 KBC Chemistry B, 6th fl., Linnaeus Rd 10
Natalia Bukhanko +46 90 786 5467 KBC B6-19-01, Linnaeus Rd 10
William Larsson +46 90 786 5151 KBC B5-07-07, Linnaeus Rd 10
Mikhail Golets   Åbo Akademi University, Finland
Johan Ahlkvist +46 90 786 5467 KBC B6-19-01, Linnaeus Rd 10
Rakesh Ajaikumar +46 90 786 5467 KBC B6-19-01, Linnaeus Rd 10
Anjana Sarkar +46 90 786 5467 KBC Chemistry B, 6th fl., Linnaeus Rd 10
Gordon Driver +46 90 786 9183 KBC Chemistry, 5th fl., Linnaeus Rd 10
Krisztián Kordás +46 90 786 9183 KBC Chemistry, 5th fl., Linnaeus Rd 10
Ajaikumar Samikannu +46 90 786 5467 KBC Chemistry, 6th fl., Linnaeus Rd 10
John Gräsvik +46 90 786 5467 KBC Chemistry, 6th fl., Linnaeus Rd 10
Hasna Bourjoini    
Tung Pham Ngoc    



Bio4Energy Process Integration 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:

LTU, Luleå, Sweden Phone Office location
Jan Dahl +46 92 049 1243 LTU: Energy Sciences, E153
Joakim Lundgren +46 92 049 1307 LTU: Energy Sciences, E134; Bio4Energy f3 Centre Coordinator
Andrea Toffolo +46 92 049 3 416 LTU: Energy Sciences, E149
Jim Andersson +46 92 049 3916 Energy Sciences, E142A
Carl Erik Grip +46 92 049 1472 Energy Sciences E136A
Xiaoyan Ji +46 92 049 2837      LTU: Energy Sciences, E138
Erik Elfgren +46 92 049 2056 Energy Sciences, E136
Robert Lundmark +46 92 049 2346 LTU: Natural Resource Economics, A420
Anna Olsson +46 92 049 2509 LTU: Natural Resource Economics, A407 
Johan Brolund +46 92 049 3661 LTU: Natural Resource Economics
Kristoffer Bäckström   Natural Resource Economics
Vishal Jaunky   Natural Resource Economics
Johan Thorén +46 10 516 5849 SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden
Yujiao   Xie   Energy Sciences
Sennai Mesfun   Energy Sciences
Patrik Söderholm    
Bio4Energy Environmental Platform
environmental_600Scientists 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.

Platform leader is Stellan Marklund of Umeå University (UmU).

The following researchers are part of the Bio4Energy Environmental Platform:

UmU, Umeå, Sweden    
Stellan Marklund, Bio4Energy Programme Manager  +46 90 786 5715 UmU: KBC 6A, Linnaeus Rd 6
Stina Jansson  +46 90 786 7622 UmU: KBC 6A, Linnaeus Rd 6
Dan Boström +46 90 786 5445  UmU: KBC 6C10, Linnaeus Rd 6
Nils Skoglund +46 90 786 6801 UmU: Technology Building, Håken Gullessons Rd 20
Patrycja Piotrowska   UmU: Technology Building, Håken Gullessons Rd 20
Qiuju Gao +46 90 786 9241 KBC KB7B2, Linnaeus Rd 10
Mar Edo    
Christoffer Boman +46 90 786 6756 UmU: KBC 6C8, Linnaeus Rd 6
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences/
Umeå Plant Science Centre, Umeå, Sweden
Torgny Näsholm +46 90 786 8205 SLU: Forest Ecology and Management, and;
Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology
Mattias Holmlund +46 90 786 8583 SLU: Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology
Ann Sehlstedt +46 90 786 8651 SLU: Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology
Jonathan Love    
Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden    
Johan Ingri +46 92 049 1843 LTU: Geosciences and Environmental Engineering, F854
Alejandro Grimm   LTU: Energy Science, E139
SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, Göteborg, Sweden    
Johanna Berlin +46 10 516 5784 SP Energy Technology - Life Cycle Analysis
Johanna Mossberg +46 10 516 5890 SP Energy Technology
Johan Torén +46 10 516 5849 SP Energy Technology - Bioresources
Frida Røyne   SP Energy Technology
Hans Hellsmark    


Upcoming Conferences or Coursework

PIC2015 logo14th International Congress on Combustion by-products and Their Health Effects, PIC2015, Umeå, Sweden, 14-17 June 2015

Registration deadline: 14 May 2015

  • Registration and Abstract Submission Opens 7 January 2015
  • Abstract Submission Deadline 15 February 2015 - Extended to 9 March 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


  1. Bio4energy cmykNew fuels – new residual products
  2. Sources and emission control
  3. Dioxins and furans
  4. New and emerging POPs
  5. Flame retardants
  6. Soot and organic aerosols: Formation and characterisation
  7. Metals and ash chemistry in aerosols
  8. Health effects of solid biomass combustion
  9. Health effects of car exhaust – focus on biofuels
  10. New approaches for assessing health effects of air pollution related to combustion
  11. Waste treatment
  12. Advanced diagnostics and measurement methods

Plenary speakers (all confirmed):

  • William Suk, Director Superfund Research Program, NIEHS
  • Bogdan Dlugogorski, Murdoch University, Australia
  • Angela Violi, University of Michigan, U.S.A.
  • John Dyke, University of Southampton, UK

Bio4Energy contact: Stina Jansson, PhD, Organising Chair; Phone: +46 90 786 7622; Local congress homepage 

Scientific programme:


Jonathan-FagerstromBio4Energy PhD student Jonathan Fagerström does research to check particulate emissions from different biomass conversion methods. He notably investigates thermal conversion methods, such as gasification and combustion.Bio4Energy Thesis Defence: Fuel engineering to deal with fine particle emissions and slag formation, Umeå, Sweden, 25 May 2015

Umeå University PhD student Jonathan Fagerström will be defending his thesis Fine particle emissions and slag formation in fixed-bed biomass combustion - aspects of fuel engineering.

Advisor at Umeå University is the associate professor Christoffer Boman, member of the Bio4Energy Environmental Platform.

Opponent is Bengt-Johan Skrifvars, associate professor at Åbo Akademi in Finland.

Time and place: 25 May 2015 from 1 p.m. at Umeå University, KBC Building KB3A9.

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International Conference on Renewable Gas Technology 2015, REGATEC 2015, Barcelona, Spain, 7-8 May 2015 


11:00-12:00 Registration
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-14:30 Welcome and plenary session Dr. Jörgen Held & Prof. Frank Scholwin Dr. Shunichi Nakada, International Renewable Energy Agency Dr. Jan Stambasky, European Biogas Association
14:30-15:30 Coffee break and poster session
15:30-17:00 Biogas cleaning R&D and experiences Mr. Aniruddha Sharma, Carbon Clean Solutions Limited, UK Dr. Marco Linders, TNO, the Netherlands Dr. Adriaan van der Veen, VSL, the Netherlands. Biomass gasification R&D including CHP Prof. Jürgen Karl, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg Dr. Bram van der Drift, Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands Dr. Megan Cooper, Department of Energy & Climate Change, UK
18:30 Welcome drink
19:00-21:00 Conference Gala Dinner
21:00-23:00 Mingle


09:00-10:00 Advances in biogas upgrading MSc Johan Andersson, JTI – Swedish Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering Dr. Sandra Esteves, University of South Wales Product gas cleaning R&D Dr. Kim Magrini, National Renewable Energy Laboratory Dr. Ersin Üresin, TÜBITAK, Turkey
10:00-10:30 Coffee break
10:30-12:00 Biological methanation incl. P2G Dr. Yifeng Zang, DTU Mr. Dominic Hofstetter, Electrochaea BSc. Johan Holstein, DNV GL – Oil & Gas, the Netherlands Catalytic/biological methanation incl. P2G Prof. Anne-Cécile Roger, Strasbourg University Dr. Niels Bjarne Rasmussen, DGC Mr. Gregor Waldstein, ETOGAS GmbH
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-14:30 Industrial biogas/landfill gas  projects Márcio Schittini, Ecometano, Brazil Eberhart Wusterhaus-Gomez, Schmack Carbotech Pia Ekelund, Swedish Biogas International Industrial gasification projects Dr. Friedrich Kirnbauer, Bioenergy 2020+ GmbH Mr. Luis Sánchez Angrill, EQTEC Iberia MSc. Malin Hedenskog, Gothenburg Energy
14:30-15:30 Coffee break and poster session
15:30-17:00 Plenary session and conference summary Dr. Jörgen Held, Renewable Energy Technology International AB Dr. Olivier Guerrini, GDF Suez Prof. Frank Scholwin & Dr. Jörgen Held


Umeå Renewable Energy Meeting 2015, UREM 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 a "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-ProfileUREM 2015 thematic focal areas are:

  • Bioeconomy;
  • Advanced biofuels;
  • Thermal and biochemical conversion technologies and;
  • Natural and artificial photosynthesis.

Important dates

Bio4energy cmyk8 February - Last day for submitting abstracts

16 March - Last day of registration

Conference programme

25 March

Opening of the conference: Hans Lindberg, City of Umeå

Opening talk: Professor Emeritus Thomas B. Johansson


  1. UmU LogoRenewable feedstock and advanced biomass fuels
  2. Natural photosynthesis

26 March


  • System analysis and bioeconomy
  • Biochemical conversion technologies
  • Thermochemical conversion technologies

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  • Chemical catalysis
  • Artificial photosynthesis

Closing talk: Professor Pierre Joliot

Confirmed speakers

Registration for UREM 2015 is available here.

Bio4Energy contacts for this meeting are Umeå University researchers Christoffer Boman and Carlos Martín , as well as Anna Strom, Bio4Energy Communications.


Symposium: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Energy in the coming 100 years, Luleå, Sweden, 19 March 2015


Starts       19 March 2015 at 8 a.m.
Ends         19 March 2015 at 5 p.m.    
City             Luleå            
Location             Room D770, Luleå University of Technology


Time Title Speaker
08:00 – 08:45 What does science tell us about climate change? Michael Tjernström, Stockholm University
08:45 – 09:30 Overview of global & regional energy use and scenarios for the future Björn Kjellström, Luleå University of Technology
09:30 – 10:00 Coffee and discussion  
10:00 – 10:45 Current trends in renewable power production in the world Tomas Kåberger, Chalmers University of Technology
10:45 – 11:30 Energiewende, the methanol economy and power to gas Alberto Varone, IASS, Potsdam
11:30 – 13:00 Lunch  
13:00 – 13:45 How is climate change affecting the Arctic region today? Börge Ousland, Polar Explorer
13:45 – 14:30 What is happening in nuclear energy and does it have a place in the future energy system? Henryk Anglart, KTH
14:30 – 15:15 Coffee and discussion  
15:15 – 16:00 Smart sustainable cities of the future Mattias Höjer, KTH (to be confirmed)
16:00 – 17:00 Panel discussion about sustainability, climate, energy and the future  


Fredrik-WeilandPhD researcher Fredrik Weiland at the SP Energy Technology Center at Piteå.Thesis Defence: Pressurised entrained-flow gasification of pulverised biomass, Luleå, Sweden, 26 February 2015

Fredrik Weiland of the Bio4Energy Thermochemical Platform/Bio4Gasification will be defending his PhD thesis Pressurised entrained-flow gasification of pulverised biomass: Experimental characterisation of process performance. His main supervisor has been Rikard Gebart, professor at the Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Luleå University of Technology. The thesis defence will be opposed by professor Ing Thomas Kolb, Division of Fuel Chemistry and Technology, Engler-Bunte Institute, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany.

Starts at: 10 a.m.
Venue: Luleå University of Technology, room E231.
All welcome.
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Thermo-Fischer-Scientific logoCarbohydrate Seminar on High-performance Anion-exchange Chromatography, Luleå, Sweden, 22 January 2015

A Carbohydrate Seminar on High-performance Anion-exchange Chromatography with Pulsed Amperometric Detection (HPAE-PAD) for carbohydrate analysis, i.e. the Dionex UHPLC system will be held by Bio4Energy researchers at the Luleå University of Technology.

ltuThe seminar will feature Dr. Detlef Jensen from ThermoFisher Scientific and will include a discussion on analytical capabilities (amino acids, water analysis) when using the Corona CAD Charged Aerosol Detector.

All welcome. Lunch and coffee will be provided to attendees who have registered.

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Place: Luleå University of Technology

Registration: Please register with Thory Hansson of the LTU by 10 January 2015.

Bio4Energy contact for this seminar is Ulrika Rova of the Bio4Energy Biochemical Platform.


f3-Centre pngSeminar: 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

Discussion points:

  • 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

Programme: icon Fossil_free_fuels_-_Markets_and_measures_Second_Announcement_141204_JL

Registration is available here:

Bio4Energy is a member of the Swedish Knowledge Centre for Renewable Transportation Fuels, f3 Centre.


SEA-logoSeminar: Process Integration in Industry - New Methods and Applications in Processing Industry and Biorefinery, Stockholm, Sweden, 15 January 2015

Organisers: Swedish Energy Agency and Joakim Lundgren, Luleå University of Technology and Bio4Energy Process Integration Platform

Bio4energy cmykTime: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Place: Swedish Energy Authority/Energimyndigheten, Rosenlundsgatan 9, Stockholm

Further information will be posted here in January 2015.

Thesis Defence: Spectroscopic characterisation of lignocellulosic biomass, Umeå, Sweden,
5 December 2014
Mikael-Thyrel Stina-JanssonBio4Energy PhD student researcher Mikael Thyrel and Stina Jansson, Bio4Energy PI. Photo by Anna Strom.Mikael Thyrel of the Bio4Energy Pretreatment and Fractionation Platform will be defending his PhD thesis Spectroscopic characterisation of lignocellulosic biomass. His main supervisor has been Torbjörn Lestander and secondary advisor Rainer Backman, both PIs in Bio4Energy.
Starts at: 10 a.m.
Venue: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences at Umeå. Room 'Björken'.
All welcome.
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Licentiate Seminar: Process and Properties of Continuous Fibres Based on Cellulose Nanocrystals and Nanofibres, 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
All welcome.
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Thesis Defence: Heterogeneously Catalysed Valorisation of Monoterpenes to High Value-added Chemicals, Umeå,Mikhail-Golets 91014Bio4Energy student researcher Mikhail Gohlets in the laboratory. Photo by courtesy of Mikhail Golets. Sweden, 4 December 2014
Mikhail Golets of the Bio4Energy Catalysis and Separation Platform will be defending his PhD thesis Heterogeneously Catalysed Valorisation of Monoterpenes to High Value-added Chemicals. His main supervisor has been the Umeå University professor Jyri-Pekka Mikkola who is one of the PIs responsible for research on "green" chemicals in Bio4Energy.
Starts at: 1 p.m.
Venue: Stora hörsalen ("Large Lecture Hall"), KBC Building, Umeå University.
All welcome.
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Bio4Energy Researchers' Meeting - End of Round One, Skellefteå, Sweden, 20-21 Bio4energy cmykNovember 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's Future
  • Christoffer-Boman Linda-Pommer 1572Bio4Energy 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)

Registration: to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 13 November

Programme: icon Bio4Energy-Researchers-Meeting-20-211114_Programme_final


Bio4energy cmykBio4Energy Graduate School, First Leg of Biorefinery Pilot Research Course, Piteå, Sweden, 11-13 November 2014

First leg: 11-13/11 at Piteå
Secon leg: 19-23/01/2015 at Örnsköldsvik and Umeå
Third leg: 23-24/03/2015 at Umeå
Course credits: 7.5

Bio4Energy Graduate School: Biorefinery Pilot Research, 1-13 November 2014








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Pite havsbad

Check in at hotel

Sylvia Larsson (SL), SLU, B4E Pretreatment and Fractionation

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Welcome and introduction


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Introduction to innovation system roles

Hans Hellsmark (HH), SP, B4E Environmental

  1. 20

Innovation system   roles – group seminar + Coffee


  1. 40

Introduction to Technical Innovation Systems (TIS) and the strategic value of pilot and demonstration plants


  1. 30-17.00

Introduction to Pilot Project Assignment


  1. 30


  1. 30-20.00

Swimming at the adventure pool




  1. 20


Meet up at the ETC site on Industrigatan 1


  1. 30

Introduction to experiments and seminars

Esbjörn Pettersson (EP), ETC & SL, B4E Thermochemical

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ETC block I (2+2 groups for seminar and experiments)


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Buffé lunch and networking

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ETC block II (2+2 groups for seminar and experiments)


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Dinner at ETC site

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Transportation to Pite havsbad




  1. 20


Meet up at the ETC site on Industrigatan 1


  1. 30

Inspiration lecture part I

Ingvar Landälv (IL), LTU

  1. 30

Coffee and networking (preliminary poster viewing ETC & LTU GF)

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Inspiration lecture part II


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ETC-LTU GF site introduction

Magnus Marklund, ETC & Fredrik Granberg, LTU; B4E Thermochemical

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Lunch at Smurfit Kappa Kraftliner facilities

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Summary of Piteå gathering



Block I & II:

Seminar content (60-minute presentations with discussions followed by 20 minute break) by researchers on the Bio4Energy Thermochemical Platform:

  1. PEBG – From woody biomass to syngas (Fredrik Weiland, Research Engineer/PhD Candidate LTU)
  2. Purification and upgrading of gas streams (Linda Sandström, Researcher)
  3. Particulate matter formed during biomass conversion (Esbjörn Pettersson, Research Engineer, ETC at Piteå)


  1. Preparation and characterisation of wood-based powders (Jonas Wennebro, Development Engineer, ETC at Piteå)
  2. DTF trials on specific biomass powders including aspects of powder feeding (Roger Molinder, Researcher, ETC at Piteå)
  3. Water treatment (Roger Molinder, Researcher, ETC at Piteå)

Swedish Energy Agency Seminar on New Industrial Applications of Membrane Processes (in energy engineering/energy technology), Stockholm, Sweden, 12 November 2014 - meeting language will be Swedish

Bio4Energy contact is Joakim Lundgren, Bio4Energy Process Integration Platform/Luleå University of Technology.SEA-logo

Seminarium om IEA:s aktiviteter inom industrisektorn: Membranprocesser i nya industriella tillämpningar

Energimyndigheten bjuder in till seminarium om svenskt deltagande i IEA:s aktiviteter inom industrisektorn.

Tid: 12 november, kl 10:00 – 16:30; Plats: Norra Latin, Drottninggatan 71B, Stockholm


10:00 Inledning och välkommen - Jennica Broman, Energimyndigheten

10:15 Internationella samarbetet - Thore Berntsson, IEA, IETS och syfte med dagens Ordförande IETS seminarium

10:35 Membranprocesser

Membranprocesser i bioraffinaderier - Ann-Sofi Jönsson, IETS Annex XVII Inst f kemiteknik, Lunds universitet

Membranes for process intensification and water recovery- Frank Lipnizki, Alfa Laval Business Centre Membranes

12:00 Lunch

13:00 Diskussion om membranprocesser i industrin

13:30 Industriella värmepumpar

Erfarenheter från IEA:s arbete - Roger Nordman, SP

industriella värmepumpar - Per- Åke Franck, CIT

Fortsatt arbete inom IEA Heat Pump Programme och läget i Sverige - Roger Nordman, SP

Vikten av riktig integration av värmepumpar i industriella processer - Per-Åke Franck, CIT

14:50 Kaffe

15:05 Integration av värmepump i pappers- och massaindustri

Öppen fjärrvärme som en katalysator för effektivare energianvändning möjlighet för industriella värmepumpar - Per Gullbrand, Fortum

16:00 Diskussion om industriella värmepumpar

16:30 Seminariet avslutas


SP Processum - Bio4Energy Industrial Network Meeting, Umeå, Sweden, 21 October 2014Bio4energy cmyk

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. SP Processum logotype PNG
Contacts for this meeting is Anna Strom, Bio4Energy Communications and Sören Back, SP Processum.

Meeting Programme
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 914Sylvia Larsson, Bio4Energy Pretreatment and Fractionation Platform. Photo credit: Sylvia Larsson.Associate Professorship Awards, Umeå, Sweden, 2 October 2014
Sylvia Larsson, Bio4Energy Pretreatment and Fractionation Platform and Totte Nittylä, Bio4Energy Feedstock Platform, will hold a lecture each marking their being awarded an associate professorship by the Bio4Energy member organisation Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). Sylvia Larsson will give a talk on Feeding the Bioeconomy, while Totte Nittylä has merely announced that he will be presenting his research.

Starting time: 10 a.m.

Venue: SLU at Umeå, Lecture hall Aspen

All welcome. 

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International conference: Lignin 2014 - Biosynthesis & Utilisation, Umeå, Sweden, 24-28 August Lignin-2014 profile

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.

The conference will discuss the following topics:The Lignin 2014 Organisation Committee. Photo by Anna Strom©.The Lignin 2014 Organisation Committee. Photo by Anna Strom©.

  1. Cell and developmental biology of lignin;
  2. Lignin monomers synthesis and transcriptional regulation;
  3. Oxidative polymerisation of lignin;
  4. Diversity of natural lignins;
  5. Modification of lignin in plants;
  6. Lignin characterisation technologies;
  7. Lignocellulose processing and extraction of lignin, and;
  8. New applications for lignin and lignin derivatives.

New as of 28 July 2014:

  • Please find an updated conference programme under this link and;
  • The list of confirmed speakers here plus;
  • A visionary video about Sliperiet, the Lignin 2014 conference venue UmU-Arts-Campus Photo-by-UmUThe 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.

Submit your abstracthere by 2 August 2014.

Bio4Energy and the UPSC bid participants and speakers a warm welcome to Lignin 2014 and Umeå, the 2014 European Cultural Capital.

The Lignin 2014 Organisation Committee:

Hannele TuominenUmeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC) and Bio4Energy, Umeå University (UmU), Sweden (General scientific contact)

Edouard Pesquet UPSC and Bio4Energy, UmU, Sweden (Plant Biology)

Leif Jönsson – Bio4Energy, UmU, Sweden (Industrial biotechnology, Chemistry)

Ewa Mellerowicz – UPSC and Bio4Energy, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Sweden

Mattias Hedenström - Department of Chemistry, UmU, Sweden

Carlos Martín – Bio4Energy, UmU, Sweden (Chemistry, industrial biotechnology)

Sacha Escamez - UPSC and Bio4Energy, SLU, Sweden


PhD Thesis Defence: Ash Chemistry and Fuel Design, Focusing on Combustion of Phosphorus-rich UmU LogoBiomass, Umeå, Sweden, 5 June 2014

PhD researcher Nils Skoglund of the Bio4Energy Environmental Platform will be defending his thesis Ash Chemistry and Fuel Design, Focusing on Combustion of Phosphorus-rich Biomass.

Starts at: 10:00 a.m.

Venue: Natural Sciences' Building, Room N430

Faculty opponent: Professor Franz Winter, Faculty of Technical Chemistry, Vienna University of Technology, Austria

PhD Student Supervisor: Professor Dan Boström, Umeå University, Department of Bio4energy cmykApplied Physics and Electronics and Bio4Energy Environmental Platform

All welcome.



Crash Course in Pulping for PhD Students, Umeå, Sweden, 26-28 May 2014upsc logo ftg transpbg

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;Bio4energy cmyk
  •           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 datesltu

The Division of Chemical Engineering at Luleå University of Technology offer the following training courses:

  1. Gas and Liquid Chromatography (5 hp/ECTS credits) – March-April 2014;
  2. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (5 hp/ECTS credits) – April-May 2014;
  3. Scanning Electron Microscopy (5 hp/ECTS credits) – May 2014;
  4. 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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 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 meetingBio4energy cmyk
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 Forest Refine logo2014


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.
Seminar programme in Swedish in attached PDF:

Open Seminar: New Products from Forests - Supply Chains and Biorefinery Processes, Umeå Sweden, 9 April 2014 


Time and place: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) at Umeå, P-O Bäckströms SalForest Refine logo

Moderator: Clas Engström, Managing Director, SP Processum

Registration is available here.

All welcome



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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 NorrlandsoperanBio4energy cmyk




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, UREM 2014, Umeå, Sweden, 17-19 March 2014

For the sixth time the Chemical-biological Centre at Umeå University will host the Umeå Renewable Energy white logo-2Meeting, which is in fact an international symposium focusing on the types of renewable energy research which are carried out at Umeå University (UmU) and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), co-hosts also of the Umeå Plant Science Centre.


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).

Organisation contacts

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 2014Bio4energy cmyk
Time and place: 1 p.m. at lecture hall N320, Natural Sciences' Building, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden

Details: Johan Alkvist of the Bio4Energy Catalysis and Separation Platform will defend this thesis Formic and levulinic acid from cellulose via heterogeneous catalysis. Faculty opponent will be Riitta Keiski, professor at the Department of Process and Environmental Engineering, University of Oulu, Finland. Alkvist is UmU Logopart of the Technical Chemistry group of Umeå University, led by professor Jyri-Pekka Mikkola.


PhD Thesis Defence: Detoxification of inhibitory hydrolysates and potential utilisation of residual streams for production of enzymesBio4energy cmyk, 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, UmU LogoUniversity of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Cavka is part a research group led by Leif Jönsson. The group divides it time performing research at Umeå University and SP Processum.


Seminar with guest speaker Jack Saddler, UBC: The potential of biofuels and the need for a biorefinery approach - A forest products perspective, Umeå, Sweden, Bio4energy cmyk28 November 2013

Time and place: 15:15 p.m. at lecture hall KB3B1, KBC Building, Umeå University

Guest speaker: Professor Jack Saddler, Forest Products Biotechnology/Bioenergy, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada & IEA Bioenergy Task 39 - Commercialising Liquid Biofuels

Bio4Energy host is Leif Jönsson and contact point is Anna Strom.

All welcome.


PhD thesis defence: Cost-effective cultivation of lodge pole pine for biorefinery applications, Umeå, slu logo rgb webSweden, 22 November 2013

Time and place: 1 p.m. at P.O. Backstrom's Auditorium, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

Details: SLU researcher Ingegerd Backlund will be defending her PhD thesis. Opponent is Dr Duncan Macquarrie, Chemistry Department, Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence, University of York, U.K.

SLU Department of Biomaterials and Technology.

All welcome.


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 UniversityBio4energy cmyk
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.upsc logo ftg transpbg

Bio4Energy Graduate School: Close of the 2013 Biorefinery Pilot Research course, Piteå, Sweden, 7 November 2013Bio4energy cmyk

This course is open to Bio4Energy researchers at the PhD and postdoctoral level. The Biorefinery Pilot Research course is being run by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 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
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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
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Bio4Energy contacts are Anders Nordin and Linda Pommer of the
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 2013logotype processum
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 2013UmU Logo

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 ProcessesUmU Logo, 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.


Forest Chemistry Industry-academy Discussion Platform Meeting, Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, 26 August 2013

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.

Preliminary programme:
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
  • Financing opportunities
  • Group discussions

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, 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


10th Congress on Catalysis Applied to Fine Chemicals, Turku/Åbo, Finland, cafclogo J-PM 121212
16-19 June 2013

Bio4Energy contact is Jyri-Pekka Mikkola of the B4E Catalysis and Separation Platform. 


Swedish Centre for Biomass Gasification Summer School, Gothenburg and Piteå,
Sweden, 12 - 16 AugustSFC logotype 2013

Topic: System safety in large scale biorefinery processes

Objective: To give the participants an overview of system safety and methods for risk
assessment, and to train students in the so-called HAZOP method. 

Registration: Please register here by 28 June 2013

Credits: 7.5 ECTS for PhD students at universities connected to the Swedish Centre for Biomass Gasification (SFC).

Information: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , phone:  +46 920 49 12 21

Fee: Members of the SFC (students or employees): 2 000 kr
A programme outline is available under this link:
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Spring Bio4Energy Researchers' Meeting, Umeå, Sweden, 15-16 May 2013Bio4Energy cmyk

This meeting is open to all Bio4Energy researchers and will partly coincide with the first course of the Bio4Energy Graduate School. Registration is open until 29 April.
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Bio4Energy Graduate School First Course: Biorefinery Pilot Research, Umeå. Sweden, 14-16 May 2013Bio4energy cmyk

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 2013Bio4energy cmyk

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!
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Umeå Renewable Energy Meeting, Umeå, Sweden, 25-27 February 2013UmU Logo 

The Chemical Biological Centre (KBC) at Umeå University play host to this meeting which has sessions dedicated to the kind of research that Bio4Energy conducts.

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: Solarslu logo rgb web 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 Committee is made up of Bio4Energy members Johannes Messinger, Leif Jönsson, Johannes Hanson, Hannele Tuominen and Per Gardeström. Göran Samuelsson is also part of the committee. 
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HighBio2 Seminar: Biomass To Energy And Chemicals, Luleå, Sweden, 16 January 2013 HiBio2 large

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
Martha Herrera, Nanostructured materials isolated from bio-residues and their characterisation, Luleå University of Technology, room E632 at 1 p.m..


Integrated Biofuel Production - Policy and Technology, Lund, Sweden, 29 November 2012

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Creating a Bio4Energy Graduate School, Skellefteå, Sweden, 21 November 2012 S2BIO logo

Ulrika Rova of Bio4Energy has been putting together a working group which is to "make concrete plans to implement the entire research school with workshops and courses". To get started she would like for the working group to meet at Skellefteå where discussions will centre around "the coming steps". To join the meeting as a member of the working group, please fill in the doodle that she sent:
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Workshop on Gasification Modelling, Luleå, Sweden, 21 November 2012

SFC logotypeBio4energy cmykThe 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

To register, please send an e-mail to Rikard Gebart, indicating whether you plan to take part in the pre-workshop dinner.
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Bio4Energy Disputation on High Flux Zeolite Membranes, Luleå, Sweden, 16 November ltu greentechnology 2012

Linda Sandström, High Flux Zeolite Membranes for Efficient Production of Biofuels, Luleå University of Technology, 10 a.m. in room C305.

Bioenergy 2012 - Research for a New Generation of Green Products and Chemicals, Piteå, Sweden, 14-15 Bio4energy cmykSolander logotype JPEGNovember 2012
Bio4Energy and the Solander Science Park will be co-hosting a Bioenergy conference at the annual Nolia Energy and Environmental Week. The conference will discuss international front line research on biorefinery and bioenergy made from forest-sourced raw materials or organic waste. 

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.
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Workshop on Cellulose Derivatives, Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, 13-14 November 2012 
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The Bio4Energy partner Umeå University is co-organising an international Workshop on
Cellulose and Cellulose Derivatives
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2012. The contact person for scientific abstracts was Ulf Germgård, Karlstad University, logo KarlstadU Sweden.  Sören Back at the Processum Biorefinery Initiative is in charge of communications  and marketing  of this event. Contacts in Bio4Energy are Ulf Edlund or Stellan Marklund.   


UBIOCHEM-III: Sustainable production of fuels/energy, materials & chemicals from biomass, Thessaloniki, GreeceUBIOCHEM logo, 1-3 November 2012 

There was a call for scientific abstracts for the 3rd International Workshop on UBIOCHEM that closed 30 June 2012. Enquiries about this may be send to the Workshop Secretariat by e-mail.

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 2012Bio4energy cmyk 

Researchers' Meeting will prepare Bio4Energy's participation to the Bioenergy Conference at the Nolia Environment and Energy Week, 14-15 November 2012 at Piteå, as well as the start of the Bio4Energy Graduate School. Research presentations will be given to describe a European project to upgrade and market European research infrastructures, as well as recent advanced in research on the content of ashes from biomass burning or avenues for its use. Contact point for this meeting is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Bio4Energy Communications.
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Bio4Energy Environmental Platform Meeting, Umeå, Sweden, 20 September 2012 environmental 600 

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , head of the Bio4Energy Environmental Platform. 

Bioethanol in a Biorefinery Context, Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, 23-25 May 2012 -- logotype processum fromHP28911Students 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.

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