Better biomass utilisation by improved understanding of decay mechanisms in wood
Financing: 230 000 SEK
The long-term aims:
1) to have collaboration between the research groups in Scandinavia working on characterisation and understanding decay mechanisms in wood.
2) to establish a common platform for researchers focusing on avoiding decay in wood structures and researchers focusing on boosting degradation for biorefinery purposes.
3) to generate new knowledge about degradation mechanisms of wood and strategies for curbing or boosting them.
The goal for 2018 is to integrate and coordinate the research effort of three major Scandinavian research institutions focusing on decay characterisation in order to advance the interregional collaboration within this topic.
The network will arrange a PhD course, Chemical imaging of plant cell walls, at the University of Copenhagen, June 4-8 2018.
This PhD-course introduces young researchers to a number of chemical imaging techniques that can provide spatially resolved chemical and structural information in high resolution. These include X-ray synchrotron techniques, Raman and Infrared Microspectroscopy, Ultraviolet MicroSpectroPhotometry, Atomic Force Microscopy, as well as advanced chemometric tools for analysing imaging data. The course is provided by an international team of expert researchers from Denmark, France, Germany, Switzerland and the USA.