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Bio4Energy Chemical Catalysis and Separation Technologies

  • Biocrude production through hydro-liquefaction of wood biomass in supercritical ethanol using iron silica and iron Beta zeolite catalysts

    Jogi R, Mäki-Arvela P, Virtanen P, Kumar N, Hemming J, Smeds A, Lestander TA, Mikkola J-P. 2019. Biocrude production through hydro-liquefaction of wood biomass in supercritical ethanol using iron silica and iron Beta zeolite catalysts. J.Chem.Tech.Biotech. Accepted, in press 
  • Highly dispersed NbOPO4/SBA-15 as a versatile acid catalyst upon production of renewable jet-fuel from bio-based furanics via hydroxyalkylation-alkylation (HAA) and hydrodeoxygenation (HDO) reactions

    Samikannu A, Konwar LJ, Rajendran K, Lee CC, Shchukarev A, Virtanen P, Mikkola J-P. 2020. Highly dispersed NbOPO4/SBA-15 as a versatile acid catalyst upon production of renewable jet-fuel from bio-based furanics via hydroxyalkylation-alkylation (HAA) and hydrodeoxygenation (HDO) reactions. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 118987 (Accepted, in press)
  • Integrated and metal free synthesis of dimethyl carbonate and glycidol from glycerol derived 1, 3-dichloro-2-propanol via CO2 capture

    Khokarale S, Shelke G, Mikkola J-P. 2021. Integrated and metal free synthesis of dimethyl carbonate and glycidol from glycerol derived 1, 3-dichloro-2-propanol via CO2 capture. Clean Technol. (In press)
  • Ionic Liquids: Potential Materials for Carbon Dioxide Capture and Utilization

    Kant Shukla Sh, Khokarale SG, Bui TQ, Mikkola J-P. 2019. Ionic Liquids: Potential Materials for Carbon Dioxide Capture and Utilization. Front. Mat.(Rising Stars) 6, 42. 22 February 
  • Renewable N-doped active carbons as efficient catalysts for direct synthesis of cyclic carbonates from epoxides and CO2

    Samikannu A, Konwar LJ, Mäki-Arvela P, Mikkola J-P. 2018. Renewable N-doped active carbons as efficient catalysts for direct synthesis of cyclic carbonates from epoxides and CO2. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, Online 8 September
  • A review of lithium-ion battery safety concerns: The issues, strategies, and testing standards

    Che Yn, Kang Y, Zhao Y, Wang L, Liu J, Li Y, Liang Zh, He X, Li X,Tavajohi N, Li B. 2021. A review of lithium-ion battery safety concerns: The issues, strategies, and testing standardsJournal of Energy Chemistry 59, 83-99. August
  • A Robust Method for the Estimation of Kinetic Parameters for Systems Including Slow and Rapid Reactions

    Salmi T, Tirronen E, Wärnå J, Mikkola J-P, Murzin D, Valerie Eta V. 2020. A Robust Method for the Estimation of Kinetic Parameters for Systems Including Slow and Rapid Reactions—From Differential-Algebraic Model to Differential ModelProcesses 8, 1552

  • Advanced oxidation process for degradation of carbamazepine from aqueous solution

    Saeid S, Kråkström M, Tolvanen P, Kumar N, Eränen K, Mikkola J-P, Kronberg L, Eklund P, Peurla M, Aho A, Shchukarev A, Salmi T. 2020. Advanced oxidation process for degradation of carbamazepine from aqueous solution: Influence of metal modified microporous, mesoporous catalysts on the ozonation process. Catalysts, 10, 90
  • Amine functionalized deep eutectic solvent for CO2 capture: Measurements and modeling.

    Sarmad Sh, Nikjoo D, Mikkola J-P. 2020. Amine functionalized deep eutectic solvent for CO2 capture: Measurements and modeling. Journal of Molecular Liquids, 309, 113159. 1 July
  • Amine functionalized deep eutectic solvent for CO2 capture: measurements and modelling

    Sarmad S, Nikjoo D, Mikkola J-P. 2019. Amine functionalized deep eutectic solvent for CO2 capture: measurements and modelling. J.Mol.Liq. (Accepted, in press)

  • Assessment of the environmental impact of polymeric membrane production

    Yadav P, Ismail N, Essalhi M, Tysklind M, Athanassiadis D, Tavajohi N. 2021. Assessment of the environmental impact of polymeric membrane production. Journal of Membrane Science 622, 18987. March
  • Bio4Energy Celebrates Its 100th Thesis Defence by PhD Student

    MojtabaNobandegani ThesisDef 400pxBio4Energy deputy programme manager Elisabeth Wetterlund congratulates Mojtaba Nobandegani with a bouquet of flowers at his thesis defence, 22 April 2022 at Luleå, Sweden. From left: Liang Yu, Elisabeth Wetterlund, Mojtaba Nobandegani and Jonas Hedlund; all of Bio4Energy at Luleå University of Technology.The Bio4Energy research environment is celebrating its 100th thesis defence by a PhD student.

    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Luleå University of Technology (LTU) receives the honour of being the 100th advanced student to pass his doctoral degree as part of the Bio4Energy cluster.

    His thesis Adsorption and mass transport in zeolite membranes is part of the research efforts of the platform Bio4Energy Chemical Catalysis and Separation Technologies.

    Education and training are a central mission for Bio4Energy, alongside research and development.

    The Bio4Energy programme managers and coordinator for education extend their congratulations to Nobandegani and his supervisor professor Jonas Hedlund of LTU.

  • Bio4Energy Chemical Catalysis and Separation Technologies

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    Scientists on the platform Bio4Energy Chemical Catalysis and Separation Technologies 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 professor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of the Luleå University of Technology (LTU).

    The following reserachers are part of the platform Bio4Energy Chemical Catalysis and Separation Technologies:

    Chemical Technology ​
    LTU, Luleå, Sweden Phone Office location
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., professor +46 92 049 2105 Sustainable Process Engineering, C166

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      Chemical Technology 
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +46 92 049 1294 Sustainable Process Engineering, C147
    Danil Korelskiy   External Placement - Bio4Energy Industrial Network
    Mattias Grahn
     

    External Placement - Bio4Energy Industrial Network

    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +46 92 049 1960 Chemical Engineering, C164
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +46 92 049 3002 Chemical Engineering, C160
    Amirfarrokh Farzaneh   External Placement - Bio4Energy Industrial Network
    Sadegh Navabi   External Placement - Bio4Energy Industrial Network
    Alexander Shishkin   External Placement - Bio4Energy Industrial Network
    Mojtaba Nobandegani   External Placement - Bio4Energy Industrial Network 
    Iliana Kyriazidou   Chemical Technology
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   RISE Energy Technology Center, Piteå, Sweden
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    Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden    
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., professor +46 90 786 5284 KBC Chemistry B, 6th fl., Linnaeus Rd 10
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    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Stockholm University, Sweden
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Placement at Åbo Academy University, Finland
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +46 90 786 5467 KBC Chemistry, 6th fl., Linnaeus Rd 10
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    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +46 90 786 6061 KBC Chemistry, 5th fl., Linnaeus Rd 10
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  • Bio4Energy Part of Nation-wide Effort to Develop Non-fossil Airplane Fuel

    Parked airplane AnnaStrom2021Bio4Energy scientists and members of its Industrial Network are part of Sweden's effort to develop non-fossil airplane fuel. Photo by Anna Strom©2021.This year has seen large-scale effort in Sweden to render possible the creation and development of non-fossil airplane fuel, so-called jet fuel, a press release from the state-run Swedish Energy Agency said. Bio4Energy is part of this effort, both through scientists and members of the Bio4Energy Industrial Network.

    Experts at developing membranes for various industrial processes, are using the microporous solid material zeolite (ZSM-5, to be precise) as a catalyst in the production of bio-based hydrocarbon olefins or petrol from methanol. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., professor at Bio4Energy partner Luleå University of Technology (LTU) and colleagues are developing a process for making heavy hydrocarbons via the catalyst, without intermediate steps, according to a project description. 

    Industrial and institute partners are Haldor Topsoe, RISE Innventia and RISE Research Institutes of Sweden.

    Meanwhile, the Municipality of Umeå and Biofuel Region, have teamed up to assess needs in terms of policy development and market support mechanisms for rolling out fossil-fuel free fuel use by airlines flying on northern Sweden.

    The project will result in a roadmap for a transition to a sustainable airline industry in the northern part of the country, a project description said. Industrial partners are Swedavia, the company that operates Sweden’s ten busiest airports, along with the membership company RISE Processum and RISE Research Institutes of Sweden.

  • Bio4Energy Part of New Multi-partner Project to Create Biorefinery for Organic Waste

    Bio4EnergyNaserTavajohiLab Bio4Energy2022Naser Tavajohi and his student researchers are part of a new project to create a biorefinery starting from biogas-making operations. Photo by courtesy of Naser Tavajohi (edited by A.S.). is part of a new multi-partner project to create a biorefinery for organic waste—with end products such as bio-based plastics, animal feed, “green” chemicals, biofuels and higher alcohols (Fusel oil)—in a two-step process.

    If successful, the result could become a trendsetter concept for how to create a virtually waste-free system of making the said commodities, but as bio-based alternatives to their current fossil resource-based counterparts.

    Researchers at the University of Borås in Sweden gave birth to the idea that the concept of biogas making could be expanded to deliver much more than just biogas car fuel, which is produced from the fermentation of food and agricultural waste in an oxygen-free environment.  

    In addition to this kind of bacterial break down of organic residues (anaerobic digestion), they want to add two more main processes to reuse all of the contents of the organic waste feedstock. These processes are referred to as 'membrane reactors' and 'biological augmentation', in scientific speak.

    The new concept will be tested at “large-scale” research facilities tied to the University of Borås, according to assistant professor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., who heads up Bio4Energy’s contribution to the project from Umeå University.

    Although Tavajohi could not give an exact figure on the envisioned capacity, the scale would be near or at the level of industrial implementation. Consultants from RISE Research Institutes of Sweden were set to assist the academic researchers in some part of the project, he told Bio4Energy Communications in an online interview.

  • 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.

  • Biobränslet som är identiskt med det fossila

    Bio4Energy vid Umeå universitet och Eco Oil Sverige gör helt igenom fossilfria drivmedel: Biobränslet som är identiskt med det fossila, ATL Lantbrukets Affärstidning
  • Carbon support effects on metal (Pd, Pt and Ru) catalyzed hydrothermal decarboxylation/deoxygenation of triglycerides

    Konwar LJ, Mikkola J-P. 2022. Carbon support effects on metal (Pd, Pt and Ru) catalysed hydrothermal decarboxylation/deoxygenation of triglycerides. Appl.Cat.A: General. In press
  • Competing commercial catalysts: Unprecedented catalyst activity and stability of Mizoroki-Heck reaction in a continuous packed bed reactor

    Vucetic N, Virtanen P, Shchukarev A, Salmi T, Mikkola J-P. 2021. Competing commercial catalysts: Unprecedented catalyst activity and stability of Mizoroki-Heck reaction in a continuous packed bed reactor. Chem.Eng.J. (Accepted)