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The paper and pulp industry is undergoing radical changes where pulping, papermaking, and biorefinery processes are being re-invented.

At MAX IV, the paper and pulp industry R&D has a clear focus on developing new material concepts, investigating new areas of application for wood-based materials, finding new methods for extracting and processing more wood components from the bulk processes, and studying how solid or liquid wood components are structured, distributed as well as their reactivity. 

Through synchrotron X-ray research it is possible to gain new knowledge of wood structure at the molecular level. This can guide the development of new modification methods of bark, wood fiber, lignin, cellulose, hemicellulose, and other materials. 

Other research topics include producing new types of cellulose nanomaterials, optically transparent nanopapers and cellulose foam, and understanding the interaction between cellulose and water and its effect on mechanical solidity in packaging materials, etc. 

Paper and pulp scientists have a close research collaboration with MAX IV through the national research and collaboration platform Treesearch. Through Treesearch, industry representatives have come together and funded the operation of a beamline at MAX IV called ForMAX.

Examples of research topics at MAX IV 

  • Studying cellulose-based materials across length scales 
  • Mechanical properties of fiber structures during processes and at different temperatures and humidity levels 
  • Cellulose-water interaction effects 

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Discuss your research and innovation needs with us! Contact us at the MAX IV Industrial Relations Office and we will help you turn your research idea into an experiment and find the suitable methods and techniques for you. 

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