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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 email 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , phone: +46 70 352 4494.

Seminar programme in Swedish in attached PDF:

pdf  2014-05-11_Program_Ska_EU_få_bestämma_-_seminarium_i_Sundsvall_8_maj 


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.


09:30-10:00 Registration and coffeeBio4energy cmyk

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 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The group divides it time performing research at Umeå University and SP Processum.