Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems

Biobased Materials Technology

The biobased materials technology group (BIOMAT) lead by Prof. Thaddeus Maloney carries out research related to the development of next generation fiber products. Our target is to develop material-based technologies which enable the renewal of the paper and board industries.
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Research themes

Nanomaterial applications in fiber products

The BIOMAT team is developing nanomaterial applications for various fiber products. Especially, we are focused on technologies which have potentially large scale applications at an attractive cost structure.

Nanopapers and NFC/MFC production

"Nanopapers" refers to paper grades where nanocellulose is a major structural component. Nanopapers have very different, and often superior properties than traditional grades of paper. We are working on nanocellulose production, suspension processing and nanopaper forming and dewatering issues.

Graphene/nanocellulose composites

We are developing graphene/nanocellulose composites for various electrical applications.

Graphene composites

Porous cellulosic materials

The BIOMAT team is working on porous cellulosic materials. Lignocellulosic fibers and assemblies of nanocelluloses and other forms of cellulose have a fascinating pore structure that can be exploited in a number of product applications. This includes; liquid and gas phase absorbents, hygienic products and phase change composites for construction applications. In the world of porous materials, lignocellulosics are today very under represented. This work includes the development of cutting-edge techniques for measuring fiber, nanofiber and cellulose composite pore structure. We are also working on ways to modulate and stabilize the porosity of cellulosic materials and composites.

Pulp reactivity

Fibre pore structure and reactivity

In this work we are attempting to determine how fiber pore structure and reactivity are linked. New rheology-based reactivity measurement methods are being developed.

Novel thermoporosimetry techniques

New approaches to thermoporosimetry are being developed including techniques based on unusual transformations of salts and solvents in confined geometries.

Porous nanopapers

In this area of research we are developing methods for producing high surface area and highly porous papers from nanocellulose-based furnishes.

Image: Kaniz Moriam

Examples of ongoing research projects

  • Nanoform

Latest publications

Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems, Bio-based Materials
Publishing year: 2019 Cellulose
Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems, Bio-based Materials, Biohybrid materials, Bioprocess engineering
Publishing year: 2019 Journal of Cleaner Production
Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems, Printing Technology, Bio-based Colloids and Materials, Bio-based Materials
Publishing year: 2019 Cellulose
Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems, Printing Technology, Bio-based Materials, Biorefineries
Publishing year: 2019 Materials Science and Engineering B: Solid-State Materials for Advanced Technology
Biorefineries, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems, Bio-based Materials, Clean Technologies
Publishing year: 2019 APPLIED CATALYSIS A-GENERAL
Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems, Bio-based Materials, Wood Chemistry
Publishing year: 2019 Carbohydrate Polymers
Bio-based Materials, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems
Publishing year: 2019 PROTECTION OF METALS AND PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY OF SURFACES
Complex Systems and Materials, Department of Applied Physics, Bio-based Materials, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems
Publishing year: 2019 Chemical Engineering Science
Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems, Bio-based Materials
Publishing year: 2019 Cellulose
Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems, Bio-based Materials, Wood Chemistry
Publishing year: 2019 ACS Omega
More information on our research in the Research database.
Research database

Research group members

Thaddeus Maloney

Thaddeus Maloney

Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems
Professor (Associate Professor)

Josphat Phiri

Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems
Doctoral Candidate
Sara Ceccherini

Sara Ceccherini

Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems
Doctoral Candidate

Hamidreza Ahadian

Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems
Doctoral Candidate
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