The research part has rapidly turned into an increasingly important part of MoRe Research. Several MoRe pilot equipment are well suited for research projects such as nanocellulose and fibre modification technologies. In order to support and gradually increase current research, Anna Svedberg, former Marketing and Development Manager, has been appointed R&D Manager responsible for research at MoRe. MoRe info.
Since spring 2017 Ph D Raghu Deshpande works as a postdoc at MoRe in association with KTH. The aim of this two-year project is to accumulate new knowledge regarding how cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin are bound to each other after cooking as compared to their native bonds in the wood. The project partners are MoRe, KTH, Kempe Foundations, Domsjö Fabriker, Metsä Board Husum and Processum.
In December 2016 Raghu Deshpande defended his doctor’s thesis, “The initial phase of sodium sulfite pulping of softwood-A comparison of different pulping options” at Karlstad University. It was a co-operation between MoRe Research, Domsjö Fabriker and Karlstad University VIPP, concerning cooking studies of sodium bisulfite and acid sulfite respectively. The project focused on one stage as well as two stage sulfite cooking for production of dissolving pulp. The results were interesting enough to be turned into a postdoc. More info.
Zoheb Karim is a postdoc who run a project in close cooperation with Wallenberg Wood Science Center and KTH. "We are very optimistic in taking development a big step forward with this project," said Zoheb Karim, post-doc and Ph D from LTU, whose PhD student was part of the EU project NanoSelect, a project within the EU's 7th Framework Program which aimed to develop filters for water purification made from nanocellulose. My part of the project is to develop films for the production of films and treated nanocellulose paper. More info.
“My task is to develop production techniques for pilot scale production of foam applications from nanocellulose”, says Daniele Oliveira de Castro. “I did my PhD work on natural polymers in Brazil and in Grenoble after which I held a post doc position at the Grenoble University, researching nanocellulose applications.”
The post-doc project is in two years. Professor Daniel Söderberg at KTH is a supervisor and the project is in collaboration with Wallenberg Wood Science Center and KTH. A project engineer has also been assigned to the project for the development of analytical methods, and in collaboration with the University of Mid-Sweden, a license will also be added. Both post-doc projects and licensing countries are funded by the Swedish Cancer Foundations. More info.
Tove Samuelsson has been employed as industrial postgraduate student at MoRe in a project cooperation with FSCN at Mid Sweden University. The aim of the research project is to develop very strong packaging material from high yield pulps. These packaging materials will to a large extent replace today’s plastic based articles.
Researchers at FSCN have been able to produce very strong and moisture proof sheets with the aid of a special sheeting technique, provided that a pulp such as CTMP or TMP with a high lignin content was used. The idea is to create prerequisites for the current newsprint and magazine paper mills using TMP to relatively simply be able to modify their paper machines and TMP processes to instead produce packaging material which in many cases are better than current liner based on chemical pulp. The characteristics in question are tensile strength, compressive strength and wet strength in particular.
A new specially designed steel band based sheet press will be produced by Sandvik for this project, to be installed at MoRe. More info.
Since June 2017, Tommy Nordin is an industrial licentiate in a research project run in collaboration between Mid University and MoRe Research. The purpose of the project is to reduce the cost of, and facilitate the use of, potentiating multilayer technology by replacing carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) with nanocellulose.
The purpose of the project is to create industrially useful knowledge for optimizing chemical treatment combined with mechanical processing of fine fractions, partly CNC and partly NLC-type materials based on industry's existing production lines. Fines of pulp and long fiber sulphate, long fiber sulphite, CTMP and TMP pulp types will be extracted and used in the project. An important part of this work is therefore to identify where the fractions with a high proportion of fines are available. More info.
PlastiCel - A new project has started, where the Mitt University in Sundsvall and MoRe Research in Örnsköldsvik, together with the Norwegian research institute RISE PFI, will produce a new composite material with cellulose as the main component. More info.