Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems

Wood Chemistry

The group is led by Professor Tapani Vuorinen and specializes in the chemistry and structure of wood, the mechanisms and kinetics of chemical reactions of wood components, and the use of vibrational spectroscopy in studying plant materials and their chemical reactions.
Aalto-yliopisto, liput / kuvaaja: Aino Huovio


CHEMARTS is a long-term strategic collaboration between two Aalto University schools, The School of Chemical Technology (Aalto CHEM) and The School of Arts, Design and Architecture (Aalto ARTS). Read more about CHEMARTS here.

Design Driven Value Chains In The World Of Cellulose (DWoC) is a multidisciplinary research collaboration project focused on finding new & innovative applications for cellulosic materials. Read more about the DWoC research collaboration here.

Catalytic Bleaching

Pulp bleaching is a fundamentally important part of a modern state-of-the-art pulp mill. The work carried out within the Wood Chemistry research group concentrates on completely new catalytic pulp bleaching innovations which could potentially lead to sizeable economic and environmental benefits due to reduced raw material and energy needs.

Utilization of Willow Bark

Traditionally willow (Salix) has been studied mainly as an energy crop for the combined heat and power generation. The Wood Chemistry research group is conducting research on the alternative uses of willow bark with extremely interesting and promising results. The work is currently focusing on the chemical structure of the willow bark and its fractination to extractives and fibers.

Cell Wall Reactivity

Doctoral candidates from the Wood Chemistry research group are taking part in a research program focusing on the development of advanced scientific methods for analyzing cellulose fiber reactivity. Work carried out within this topic include accessibility measurements based on dynamic vapour sorption (DVS) with deuterium oxide (D2O) exchange as well as work on the reactivity of cellulose fibers with iodometric titration duting TEMPO+-mediated oxidation.

Cell Wall Structure

The cell wall structure studies carried out in the Wood Chemistry research group aim at revealing the wood ultrastucture i.e. the organization & distribution of subcellular components such as cellulose and lignin. The ultrastructure of wood has a huge influence on the various processes that are used to transform wood into different products as the tight arrangement of cell components limit their accessibility in different chemical and mechanical treatments.

Raman Spectroscopy

The Wood Chemistry research group of Professor Tapani Vuorinen is pioneering the utilization of the optical UV-Raman imaging to study the structure of cell wall in combination with highly advanced mathematical and computational modelling.

Modeling of Pulping & Bleaching

The extensive work carried out within the wood chemistry research group on modeling of pulping and bleaching processes has resulted in e.g. the development of a pulp bleaching model which is a powerful tool for scientists and engineers alike.

Latest publications

Detailed modeling of the kraft pulping chemistry : carbohydrate reactions

Olesya Fearon, Vesa Nykänen, Susanna Kuitunen, Kyösti Ruuttunen, Raimo Alén, Ville Alopaeus, Tapani Vuorinen 2020 AIChE Journal

Fibrillation and characterization of lignin-containing neutral sulphite (NS) pulps rich in hemicelluloses and anionic charge

Saara Hanhikoski, Iina Solala, Panu Lahtinen, Klaus Niemelä, Tapani Vuorinen 2020 Cellulose

Willow bark for sustainable energy storage systems

Mathias Andreas Hobisch, Josphat Phiri, Jinze Dou, Patrick Gane, Tapani Vuorinen, Wolfgang Bauer, Christian Prehal, Thaddeus Maloney, Stefan Spirk 2020 Materials

Use of UV resonance Raman spectroscopy for assessing the brightness stability of ozone TCF bleached pulp

Etienne Montet, Estefania Isaza Ferro, Jordan Perrin, Dominique Lachenal, Christine Chirat 2020 Holzforschung

Catalytic efficiency and stability of tertiary amines in oxidation of methyl 4-deoxy-β-L-threo-hex-4-enopyranosiduronic acid by hypochlorous acid

Ghazaleh Afsahi, Carlo Bertinetto, Michael Hummel, Kavindra Kumar Kesari, Tapani Vuorinen 2019 Molecular Catalysis

Optimized Catalytic Bleaching Sequences for Eucalyptus Kraft Pulp

Ghazaleh Afsahi, Estefania Isaza Ferro, Kyösti Ruuttunen, Tapani Vuorinen 2019 Journal of Wood Chemistry and Technology

RAGE exacerbate amyloid beta (Aβ) induced alzheimer pathology

Firoz Akhter, Asma Akhter, Kavindra Kumar Kesari, Ruheena Javed, Janne Ruokolainen, Tapani Vuorinen 2019 Networking of Mutagens in Environmental Toxicology

Lignin containing cellulose nanofibril production from willow bark at 80 °C using a highly recyclable acid hydrotrope

Jinze Dou, Huiyang Bian, Daniel J. Yelle, Mariko Ago, Krista Vajanto, Tapani Vuorinen, Junyong (J Y.). Zhu 2019 Industrial Crops and Products
More information on our research in the Research database.
Research database

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