Research

Projects and funding

Projects

  • Aalto seed funding for a novel biorefinery (2014 – 2017)

  • Prehydrolysis-GVL pulping (2018 – 2019)

  • FinnCERES: GVL Biorefinery (2018 – 2021)

Funding

  • Aalto University, School of Chemical Engineering

  • Finnish Bioeconomy Cluster (FIBIC) via Advanced cellulose to Novel Products (ACEL) program

  • Major companies in the forestry sector

  • Academy of Finland via FinnCERES Flagship program

  • Personal grants from Forest Products Engineers association, Walter Ahlström foundation and Jenni & Antti Wihuri Foundation.

 

Publications

 

Vapor–liquid equilibria, excess enthalpy, and density of aqueous γ-valerolactone solutions, J. Chem. Eng. Data, 2016, 61(2): 881 – 890. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jced.5b00724

 

Solubility of organosolv lignin in gamma-valerolactone/water binary mixtures, ChemSusChem, 2016, 9(20): 2939 – 2947. https://doi.org/10.1002/cssc.201600655

 

Wood biorefinery based on γ-valerolactone/water fractionation, Green Chem., 2016, 18 (20): 5466 – 5476. https://doi.org/10.1039/C6GC01692H

 

Effect of lignin on the morphology and rheological properties of nanofibrillated cellulose produced from γ-valerolactone/water fractionation process, Cellulose, 2018, 25 (1): 179 – 194. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10570-017-1602-5  

 

Isobaric vapor-liquid equilibrium of furfural + γ-valerolactone at 30 kPa and isothermal liquid-liquid equilibrium of carbon dioxide + γ-valerolactone + water at 298 K, J. Chem. Eng. Data, 2018, 63 (12): 4381 – 4391. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jced.8b00451

 

Chemical recovery of γ-valerolactone/water biorefinery, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 2018, 57 (44): 15147 – 15158. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.iecr.8b03723

 

Stability of gamma-valerolactone under pulping conditions as a basis for process optimization and chemical recovery, Submitted, 2021.

 

High-purity dissolving pulp production from birch wood by γ-valerolactone/water fractionation and IONCELL-P process, Submitted, 2021

PEER-REVIEW PAPERS
 
 

Doctoral THESES

Wood biorefinery concept based on γ-valerolactone/water fractionation (Huy Quang Lê, 2018). https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/34508


 

MASTER’S THESES

 

γ-valerolactone fractionation of pine wood (Sherif Elsayed, 2016).

https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/22146


 

BACHELOR’S THESES

 

Assessing the performance of gamma-valerolactone (GVL) pulping on willow wood in dissolving pulp production (Koroliina von Hertzen, 2019).

https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/42445

Awards and Prizes

C.J. Jansson award 2017 for an outstanding scientific paper in the field of Bio Forest Industry.

 

Heinzel-Mondi-Sappi award 2017 for an outstanding 2016 publication on Pulping Process category.

 

Semifinalist (Top 50) in Elsevier Foundation Green & Sustainable Chemistry Challenge 2018.

 

Andritz Oy Award 2019 for an outstanding 2018 thesis in the field of fiber production or modification.