Refining lignocellulosics to advanced polymers and fibers - PolyRefNorth

Ten acknowledged Nordic research groups and centers from four countries collaborate in this network to improve post-graduate education, enhance knowledge exchange, and to provide a forum for planning collaboration and exchanging ideas in the biorefining field.

Lignocellulosic biomass resources from forestry and agro-industry are very important in Nordic countries. Vast quantities of lignocelluloses are produced every year constituting the main source of renewable organic material available on earth.

Transformation of lignocellulosic side-streams into useful products is increasingly important issue in order to decrease the use of fossil hydrocarbons without impact on the food resources. The efficient use of renewable materials is considered as one of the key issues of the sustainable development.

An integrated biorefinery converts biomass feedstocks into a spectrum of valuable products, integrating various technologies in order to utilise all components of biomass. Transformation of lignocellulosic resources to energy carriers has in past few years attracted a lot of interest but the refining to different polymeric materials has until now received less focus.

This network supports PhD courses and organises annual workshops in order to contribute to the education of a new generation of young multidisciplinary researchers with knowledge related to renewable raw materials; chemistry, physics, biotechnology, and related analytical methodologies and application technologies.

Facts about the project

Project number: 29660

Project leader

Maija Tenkanen, University of Helsinki, Finland