HOW DO YOU MAKE ADVANCED MATERIALS FROM WOOD?

The Sustainable Chemistry research group, lead by Prof. Ilkka Kilpeläinen, concerns the valorisation of lignocellulosic biomass (mainly whole wood, cellulose and lignin) using novel and green processing technologies. One ongoing theme in the group has been the development of cellulose-dissolving ionic liquids, as a platform for a wide range of applications, e.g. the IONCELL process. The group has strong links to industry in Finland, so has exellent perspective on the scientific requirements to meet industry demands, including the value of research in society and for the preservation of our environment.