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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

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

Ekaterina Korotkova, Laboratory Technician, Coordinator for analytical services

Juha Pekka Sunila, Laboratory Technician


Stefan Willför (on leave), Director of Safety and Sustainability


Researchers and Doctoral Students

Oskar Backman, Research assistant

Jarl Hemming, Senior Researcher

Liqiu Hu, Doctoral Student

Minette Kvikant, Research assistant

Zhiqiang Li, Doctoral Student

Rui Liu, Doctoral Student

Veronica Matamala, Doctoral Student

Andrey Pranovich, Senior Researcher, docent in wood chemistry

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

Luyao Wang, Doctoral Student

Qingbo Wang, Doctoral student

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

Jiayun Xu, Doctoral Student

Wenyang Xu, Postdoctoral Researcher

Qiwen Yong, Postdoctoral Researcher

Weihua Zhang, Doctoral Student


Visiting Researchers

Marta Ramos Andres

Hongjie Bi, Visiting doctoral Student

Gaoyuan Ye, Visiting doctoral Student

Updated 4.1.2023