Most of our research projects have industrial partners and many of them have external funding together with faculty funding. All FSCNs projects belong to the research environment of Transformative Technologies.
Research projects at FSCN
2D Inks is a Vinnova verification project. The project idea is to verify if a unique scalable process, which can produce two-dimensional materials in industrial quantities at low cost, can be used for commercial products.
One way to increase the export value for the Swedish forest industry of wood based paperboard by means of sustainable development, is to use more of fibre materials produced at high yield (>90%) as in chemi-mechanical pulping (CTMP) processes.
The research group in Surface and Colloid Engineering has received funding for the research project Cello. The research is funded from Vetenskapsrådet.
With funding from Åforsk we develop a research project in cellulose for optimized energy storage. Project leader is Dr. Christina Dahlström.
The program will tackle climate change on local and regional levels through increasing public awareness and using models of best practice to develop climate adaptation plans for local authorities.
The project "Plasticized cellulose composites for packaging applications" (Compac) has the goal to manufacture plasticized cellulosic materials in pilot scale and identify possible applications of it.
The aim is to improve the competitive advantage of pulp fibre based materials over fossil based materials. This contributes to the long-term goal of new and environmentally friendly packaging material.
E2Mpi is a mechanical pulping initiative by Holmen, Norske Skog, SCA, Stora Enso and the Swedish Energy Agency regarding reduction of energy efficiency. Administrated by FSCN, Mid Sweden University.
The transformation from fossil fuels to renewable raw materials is important to ensure economic growth and a sustainable economy in the long run. In Sweden is the most abundant renewable raw material on earth plant material, such as lignocellulose, and it is an obvious choice to replace fossil raw materials. Good access to forest resources provides opportunities to produce the raw material and integrate it into the new green chemistry processes.
In this project we consider fibre network as a micro-mechanical and microfluidics system, and investigate the non-uniform deformation of fibre network and the transport of complex fluids (body fluids) within the network. Such a problem is currently the core issues related to the new product development of hygiene products.
FORIC (Forest as a resource industrial research college) is our industrial research school. Program manager is professor Per Engstrand. FORIC is financed by the Knowledge Foundation and a part of our research environment Transformative Technologies at Mid Sweden University.
The KM2 objective is to develop innovations in green energy; harvest, store and use energy. Our applications include wind energy, supercapacitors, batteries, paper solar cells, batteries, displays, street lights and a materials and innovations laboratory.
The vision of this synergy project is a large-area electronic platform suitable for low-cost production of energy components. The LEAP synergy project provide a contribution towards this vision by addressing the following core question: Which materials-processing combination will allow low-cost, large-area production of thermoelectric generators?
The project Light-weight Structural Composites from Fibre-based Materials - Reliability-based Design, is a project within the KK Research Enviroment at Mid Sweden University.
The Swedish Energy Agency is funding a five-year research project to develop cost efficient lithium ion batteries for vehicle applications. The research project is led by the Mid SwedenUniversity in collaboration with the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). Two regional companies, Vesta Si Europe in Ljungaverk and Superior Graphite in Sundsvall are also participating in the project.
The aim of the project is to provide knowledge on how double disk refining can be more energy efficient. To increase the process efficiency it is important to have a high production flow through the refiner and also apply larger forces on the fiber material in the refiner gap. This to reduce hysteresis losses.
More efficient ways to build batteries and other devices to save energy is the goal of the new research project MODULIT. Inexpensive and efficient energy storage is a prerequisite for the development of power-driven vehicles and for an efficient use of renewable electrical energy like wind power and solar energy.
The paper industry is facing major challenges due a declining market. Meanwhile, the electricity industry has other problems such as price and raw materials. Therefore, it would be a "win-win" situation for both industries utilizing fiber-based materials to create new advanced products with electrical functionality, such as supercapacitors for energy storage and solar cells.
Formas is financing a research project called NovoCell. The research is developed in the research group Surface and Colloid Engineering.
This is an AVANS project in our research environment Transformative Technologies The goal is to develop an education program on advanced level and to start collaboration with research centres and academia disciplines that are outside of Transformative Technologies today. They can strengthen the Mid Sweden University´s efforts to fulfil the TIE Vision.
This project is a part of our KK Research Environment at Mid Sweden University. Low cost solar cells are needed. Manufacturing processes of today are mainly based on costly vacuum methods making the solar electricity to the most expensive one. Roll-to-roll processing is potentially more efficient as manufacturing method for solar cells.
The goal of the project is to develop a biobased packaging that can be used for fish and other foods where fossil-based plastic packaging is used today. A film of plasticized cellulose and nanocellulose provides barrier properties to oxygen and a foamed core of plasticized cellulose and nanocellulose provides insulating properties that maintain low temperature in the package during transport. The ambition is to produce the package in a pilot scale and to produce demonstrators.
This project is aiming at developing mechanistic understanding of how skin cells physically interact with each other and with environment, and how the skin breakdown proceeds under special conditions.
This is an AVANS project within our research environment Transformative Technologies aiming at develop a master program in chemical engineering.
The project's main goal is to implement innovative solutions for the production of biomass from waste streams in industrial scale using micro- and macroalgae. The project aims to create a network of relevant actors in algae industry in the Botnia-Atlantica region. The target group is medium-sized and small companies, such as wastewater treatment plants, biogas producers, dairies, power plants, and pulp and paper industry.
Transform is a research project about a new process to produce delignified pulp based on mechanical pulp as raw material.