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Bio4Energy Biopolymers and Biochemical Conversion Technologies

  • A method for preparing epoxy-cellulose nanofiber composites with an oriented structure

    Nissilä T, Hietala M, Oksman K. 2019. A method for preparing epoxy-cellulose nanofiber composites with an oriented structure. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing125. October
  •  Cultivation of Pleurotus ostreatus Mushroom on Substrates Made of Cellulose Fibre Rejects: Product Quality and Spent Substrate Fuel Properties

    Grimm A, Eilertsen L, Chen F et al. 2020. Cultivation of Pleurotus ostreatus Mushroom on Substrates Made of Cellulose Fibre Rejects: Product Quality and Spent Substrate Fuel PropertiesWaste Biomass Valor. 3 December
  • Effects of Biosurfactants on Enzymatic Saccharification and Fermentation of Pretreated Softwood

    Oliva-Taravilla A, Carrasco C, Jönsson LJ, Martín C. 2020. Effects of Biosurfactants on Enzymatic Saccharification and Fermentation of Pretreated Softwood. Molecules, 25, 3559.
  • Analytical Enzymatic Saccharification of Lignocellulosic Biomass for Conversion to Biofuels and Bio-Based Chemicals

  • Analytical Enzymatic Saccharification of Lignocellulosic Biomass for Conversion to Biofuels and Bio-Based Chemicals

  • Bio4Energy Biopolymers and Biochemical Conversion Technologies

    biochemical_600On the platform for Biopolymers and Biochemical Conversion Technologies researchers develop biocatalysts and bioprocesses, drawing on microbial conversion of forest-sourced biomass, notably. Photo used with permission.
    On the platform for Bio4Energy Biopolymers and Biochemical Conversion Technologies scientists develop new biocatalysts and bio-based processes designed for efficient conversion of lignocellulose into commodities such as advanced biofuels, "green" chemicals and bio-based materials. Since 1 January 2016, platform researchers also:

    • Use tree cell-wall polymers as a raw material for producing electrictiy, heat, biofuel and value-added 'co-products' using biorefinery methods and;
    • Create and develop biocomposites using nanotechnology.

    Platform leader is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., professor at Umeå University.

    The following researchers are part of Bio4Energy Biopolymers and Biochemical Conversion Technologies:

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    Dimitrios Ilanidis



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    Thomas Gillgren

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    UmU: Chemistry B, 5th fl., 10 Linnaeus Rd;
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    Billerud-Korsnäs  - Bio4Energy Industrial Network

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    Carlos Martín Medina
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    Chemistry B, 5th fl., 10 Linnaeus Rd, SE-90187: Main placement from 1 November 2021, for Carlos Martín, is the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences.

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    Luleå University of Technology (LTU), Luleå, SE    
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    Paul Christakopoulos

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  • Bio4Energy Creates Presence in Norway–New Professorship for PI with Biotechnology Focus

    Bio4Energy                               Ready for new adventures: Researcher Carlos Martín Medina will take up a professorship in Norway, giving Bio4Energy its first presence there. Photo by Anna Strom©2021. is about to have its first solid presence in Norway, with researcher This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., native of Cuba, taking up a professorship in Biomass and Bioresources Utilisation at the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences at Hamar.

    Thanks to continued research funding, Martín will continue to advise a research group at Umeå University in Sweden, whose members belong to the platform Bio4Energy Biopolymers and Biochemical Conversion Technologies.

    Notably, an encompassing project on biorefinery production from quinoa residues and capacity building for the bioeconomy; which is a collaboration with the Bolivian Universidad Mayor de San Andrés; will continue for at least another five years.

    “It is kind of a dream [that I have] to be a bridge between the research communities of Sweden and Norway”, Martín told Bio4Energy Communications in an online interview. 

    Taking up his new position, Martín will also start a new role as a member of a new European Union initiative to promote raw materials for biorefinery based on different types of organic waste.

  • Bio4Energy Scientists Acknowledged for Work on Biomass Inhibitors in Wood Biorefinery

    Leif Carlos Award 2Leif Jönsson and Carlos Martín Medina show the plaque and diploma their research group were awarded for the great interest shown by the research community in their scientific article on biomass inhibitors in wood biorefinery. Photo by InYung Sunwoo.

    A team of Bio4Energy scientists and partners have been acknowledged at a prestigious conference for their work to reduce the effect of toxic substances in the pre-treatment of biomass destined for conversion to advanced biofuels made using yeast or microbes to turn wood polymers into fuels.

    Their review article, Pre-treatment of lignocellulose: Formation of inhibitory by-products and strategies for minimising their effects, published in the Bioresource Technologyscientific journal, has not stopped receiving acclaim since its publication in 2016. At the time of New Horizons in Biotechnology Conference (NHBT-2019)—a conference given in India in November this year—results from the article had been mentioned 560 times in other scientific articles by researchers worldwide.

    This made the editorial board of Bioresource Technology decide to award the researcher with a diploma and a plaque for their Highly Downloaded Article 2019.

    “It is the most downloaded article steadily during the last two years and the most cited article of Bioresource Technology since 2016”, said This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of Umeå University and a PI on the platform Bio4Energy Biopolymers and Biochemical Conversion Technologies.

    “I think it helped that the review covered all three areas of pre-treatment, formation of inhibitors and strategies [designed to lessen] their effects”, Martín added, “and that the discussion included some new important inhibitors in terms of their effects. That is, compounds that form in small amounts, but which are very strong inhibitors”.

  • Bio4Energy Scientists in Large Project to Capture and Store Greenhouse Gas Carbon Dioxide

    defaultPulp and paper maker BillerudKorsnäs' operations at Karlsborg, Sweden. Photo used with permission.Bio4Energy scientists are part of a large-scale collaboration to develop a technology for capture and onshore storage of carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas, from pulp and paper making. Pulp and paper maker BillerudKorsnäs in the Bio4Energy Industrial Network is industrial partner.

    The researchers will use byproducts from the company's operations at Karlsborg, Sweden; coupled with enzyme technology; to capture carbon dioxide that would otherwise escape from the industrial process as biomass is burned. 

    Once captured, the gas will be turned into bicarbonate, a salt of carbonic acid, which is in fact a water-soluble form of carbon dioxide. The fact that it is water soluble will make it safe to pump into the ground, according to a press release from Luleå University of Technology(LTU) where the scientists work.  

    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Io Antonopoulou of Bio4Energy Biopolymers and Biochemical Conversion Technologies will use lime mud and green liquor sludge from residual streams of the pulp and paper making to develop a technique for capture of biogenic carbon dioxide. Other researchers at the LTU will undertake a large-scale mapping exercise to assess the potential for geological carbon dioxide storage in Sweden.

    The Swedish Energy Agency funds the project via a large package of measures known as Industriklivet, part of the government's efforts to combat and prevent climate change.

  • Bio4Energy-funded Projects Promoting Excellence, Collaboration Focus of Event

    Audience 210518 2 420Twice a year, the Bio4Energy scientists meet as a group to exchange ideas. Photo by Bio4Energy (archives).Bio4Energy offers its scientists the possibility to apply for so-called Strategic Funds to finance projects on new lines of research that are likely to advance the frontiers of science. The projects also have to promote collaboration between researchers from different disciplines or organisations; including universities, institutes and industry tied to the research environment.

    Today’s Bio4Energy Researchers’ Meeting, a biannual event for the research programme within the environment, learnt about projects enabled by those funds.

  • Bio4Enery Going Strong: New Scientists, Collaborations

    Collage 170622Bio4Energy researchers and advanced students met at Umeå, Sweden, 16 June. Photos by Anna Strom ©2022. Bio4Energy scientists and advanced students met at Umeå, Sweden, ready to form new research collaborations. 

    Bio4Energy's most recent platform leader, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., opened up for collaboration with Environment and Nutrient Recycling; and with his team presenting new lines of research.

    New Bio4Energy researchers, bringing the membership count to 225, took the stage; pitching and matching.

    The research environment is stronger than ever, taking its collaborations, as well as own education and training to new levels.

    Moreover, expect news in terms of Bio4Energy's outreach and online presence to follow in the third or fourth quarter of this year.

  • Catalytically transformed low energy intensive 2D-layered and single crystal-graphitic renewable carbon cathode conductors

    Semeniuk M, Sarshar Z, Gezahegn S, Li Zh, Egbedina A, Tjong J,Oksman K, Chin Y-H, Sain M. 2021. Catalytically transformed low energy intensive 2D-layered and single crystal-graphitic renewable carbon cathode conductors. Carbon 183, 243-250. 15 October
  • Current international research into cellulose as a functional nanomaterial for advanced applications

    Eichhorn S, Etale A, Wang J, Berglund L, Li Y, Cai Y, Chaoji Ch, Cranston E, Johns M, Fang Z, Li G, Hu  L, Khandelwal M, Lee K-Y, Oksman K, Pinitsoontorn S, Quero F, Sebastian A, Titirici M, Frka-Petesic B. 2022. Current international research into cellulose as a functional nanomaterial for advanced applications. Journal of Materials Science 1 (71). March
  • Ecoefficiency of Thermal Insulation Sandwich Panels Based on Fly Ash modified With Colloidal Mesoporous Silica

    Shanmugam K, Jansson S, Gadhmshetty V, Matsakas L, Rova U, Tysklind M, Christakopoulos P, Upadhyayula VKK. 2019.Ecoefficiency of Thermal Insulation Sandwich Panels Based on Fly Ash modified With Colloidal Mesoporous Silica. ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng.November 6
  • Effects of Biosurfactants on Enzymatic Saccharification and Fermentation of Pretreated Softwood

    Oliva-Taravilla A, Carrasco C, Jönsson LJ, Martín C. 2020. Effects of Biosurfactants on Enzymatic Saccharification and Fermentation of Pre-treated SoftwoodMolecules 25(16):3559. 28 February
  • Effects of operational conditions on auto-catalyzed and sulfuric-acid-catalyzed hydrothermal pretreatment of sugarcane bagasse at different severity factor

    Ilanidis D, Stagge S, Jönsson LJ, Martín C. 2021. Effects of operational conditions on auto-catalyzed and sulfuric-acid-catalyzed hydrothermal pretreatment of sugarcane bagasse at different severity factorIndustrial Crops and Products 159, 113077. January
  • Effects of redox environment on hydrothermal pretreatment of lignocellulosic biomass under acidic conditions

    Ilanidis D, Wu G, Stagge S, Martín C, Jönsson LJ. 2020. Effects of redox environment on hydrothermal pretreatment of lignocellulosic biomass under acidic conditions. Bioresource Technology, 319, 124211. October
  • Electrochemical Properties of Biobased Carbon Aerogels Decorated with Graphene Dots Synthesised from Biochar

    Thomas B, George G, Landström A, Concina I, Geng Sh, Vomiero A, Sain M,Oksman K. 2021. Electrochemical Properties of Biobased Carbon Aerogels Decorated with Graphene Dots Synthesised from BiocharACS Applied Electronic Materials 3(11), 4699-4710
  • Enabling efficient bioconversion of birch biomass by Lentinula edodes: regulatory roles of nitrogen and bark additions on mushroom production and cellulose saccharification

  • Energy smart hot-air pasteurisation as effective as energy intense autoclaving for fungal preprocessing of lignocellulose feedstock for bioethanol fuel production

    Wei M, Xiong Sh, Chen F, Geladi P, Eilertsen L, Myronycheva O, Lestander TA, Thyrel M. 2020. Energy smart hot-air pasteurisation as effective as energy intense autoclaving for fungal preprocessing of lignocellulose feedstock for bioethanol fuel production. Renewable Energy, 155, 237-247. August