Industrial adapted production of different types of nanocellulose materials optimized for increased strength for packaging- and printed paper

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PhD Student

Licentiate Tommy Nordin MoRe Research Örnsköldsvik AB


One of the potential applications of MFC, CNC and NFC in large volume is to use it as strength additives in paper and paperboard products that in most cases consist of mixtures of mechanical and chemical pulps. Nanocellulose can be used to improve the quality and performance of a broad array of paper and board materials, coatings and films, as well as nano-composite materials. MFC, CNC and NFC can be used as follows in papermaking applications; as strength additives, to enhance barrier properties in food packaging, to improved paper gloss, to reduce paper grammage and to enable smart packaging.

A major purpose of the project is to significantly lower the manufacturing costs and to facilitate the use of layer-by-layer technology by replacing the relatively expensive anionic component CMC (carboxymethylcellulose) with nanocellulose. To succeed, an industry-friendly system for cost-effective production of NFC (nanofibrillated cellulose), NLC (nanolignocellulose) and/or CNC (crystalline nanocellulose) must be developed. The idea of this project is to develop this type of system through optimization of fractionation and filtration systems where industrially available fine material fractions from pulp and paper manufacturing processes are tested.


Company employs student finalizing with Licentiate exam. Contributes in courses and meetings with focus on nano-materials.

This project is financially supported by Kempe Foundation, MoRe Research Örnsköldsvik AB and the Swedish Knowledge Foundation, Mid Sweden University

Main Supervisor

Prof. Per Engstrand FSCN

Adjunct Supervisor

Dr. Sven Norgren, FSCN and Anna Svedberg, MoRe Research Örnsköldsvik AB