Bio4Energy researcher Linn Berglund of the Luleå University of Technology receives the Vattenfall Prize for Best PhD Thesis 2020, on making nanofibres from bio-based residue. Photo used with permission.Energy utility Vattenfall has acknowledged excellent research on nanotechnology to make bio-based starting materials, with its 2020 Award for Best PhD Thesis at the Luleå University of Technology (LTU), Sweden.
The research work has entailed breaking down biomass such as bio-based residue into its smallest structural components to obtain so-called nanofibers, making a schematic overview—or platform—for their inherent characteristics and use possibilities and, in a couple of cases, attempts to design applications.
Berglund’s work contains a starting point for evaluating the quality and energy efficiency of using nanofibres extracted from different types of bio-based starting materials, such as wood, pulp or different types of organic residues, in applications.
She has also been part of developing applications from two of the most promising types of residue—namely from carrot juice production and from a form of kelp (brown algae seaweed) called Norwegian Fingertips—to make lightweight foam materials and hydrogels for biomedical use, respectively.