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Wood and Paper Chemistry – research and researchers

Wood and Paper Chemistry – research and researchers

Tools and Techniques in Wood and Paper Chemistry

Wood, fibre, and paper chemistry

  • Extractives
  • Polymerised extractives
  • Polysaccharides
  • Lignin
  • Bark chemistry
  • Bleaching of mechanical pulps
  • Interactions in fibre suspensions
  • Wet end chemistry
  • Deposits and stickies
  • Renewable process chemicals


  • Hemicelluloses
  • Nanocellulose
  • Polyphenols: lignans, pinosylvins, oligomeric polyphenols
  • Fats and resins, polymerisation
  • Lignin
  • Knots and bark
  • Utilisation of process side streams
  • 3D bioprinting of biopolymers
  • Biocomposites
  • Biopolymers and extractives in biomedical applikations

Analytical methods and analyses in industry

  • Analyses for the forest industry
  • Analyses in new biorefineries
  • Preparative methods, chromatography, mass spectrometry
  • Hot water extraction, ASE
  • Flow cytometry for process waters
  • VOC analyses


Research staff

Chunlin Xu, Professor

Stefan Willför, Vice-rector for Research Affairs, Professor

Anna Sundberg, Senior Lecturer, docent in fibre and paper chemistry

Annika Smeds, Senior Researcher, docent in organic environmental and bioanalytics, Laboratory Technician

Juha Pekka Sunila, Laboratory Technician


Researchers and Doctoral Students

Yury Brusentsev, Post-doctoral researcher

Jarl Hemming, Senior Researcher

Liqiu Hu, Doctoral Student

Ekaterina Korotkova, Coordinator for analytical services

Rui Liu, Doctoral Student

Andrey Pranovich, Senior Researcher, docent in wood chemistry

Luyao Wang, Doctoral Student

Qingbo Wang, Doctoral student

Xiaoju Wang, Academy Research Fellow (jointly affiliated 80% with Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Sciences)

Wenyang Xu, Senior Researcher

Weihua Zhang, Doctoral Student


Visiting Researchers

Marta Ramos Andres



Johanna Buchert, docent in biotechnology for forest industry

Petri Kilpeläinen, docent in biomass chemistry

Kenneth Sundberg, docent in chemistry of forest products


Updated 16.12.2020