Copyright UMB. Cellulose fibrils shown in brown (it is a bundle). The picture shows both classical hydrolytic enzymes (yellow; for degradation) and novel, innovative oxidative surface-modifying enzymes (in red). These latter enzymes are already used for degradation but have a huge potential for surface engineering and functionalization.

Exploring novel oxidative biocatalysts for tailored wood fibre modification (2013-2015)

SNS-116: Exploring novel oxidative biocatalysts for tailored wood fibre modification (2013-2015)

Project leader: Vincent Eijsink, Universitet for miljø- og biovitenskap, Norge,

Project partners: Claus Felby, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and Maija Tenkanen, University of Helsinki, Finland,

Financing: 300,000 DKK/year for 3 years

The forest industry is needed if we are to create a future bio-economy because it can both deliver renewable energy and materials. This needs, however, courageous research in areas that are likely to create new options for value-creation from wood. While the conversion of wood to renewable energy is already receiving much attention, value-creating wood applications in the area of fiber engineering and production of new biomaterials are not yet as widely explored, while they might in fact turn out to be of higher value.

One presently growing market is regenerated cellulose for films and fibers, which are estimated to replace increasingly cotton-based materials in textiles. There is much interest in applying nanofibers from wood pulp, in novel papers, films, composites, gels, foams, representing a second innovative application area. A third growing field concerns fiber-based packing materials, which are expected in the future to possess different functionalities, e.g. due to the application of innovative enzyme technologies. Clearly, new concepts for nanofiber formation and/or functionalization of cellulosic materials may find usage in a wide range of different applications.

The primary aim of the project is to bring together expertise and ongoing projects to create a platform for novel sustainable enzyme-based oxidation techniques for controlled modification of wood-derived fibers.

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