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New pilot line will improve VTT’s foam forming research capabilities

VTT will build a new foam forming pilot line to offer even more versatile piloting services for its customers. The new line will open up possibilities for widening the range of research topics and potential applications. The pilot line also helps sca...

VTT showcased at Heureka’s Night of Bioeconomy

Science, technology and innovation change the world for all of us, and VTT is a key player in the game. On December 4, 2015, the Finnish science centre called Heureka organized the Night of Bioeconomy. The event was organized to introduce sciences an...

Mobile and flexible industrial processing of biomass

Transformation of societies into bioeconomies is based on sustainable, efficient and technologically advanced utilization of biomass. Side-streams from forestry and agriculture are considered to be an important source of raw materials for energy, che...

New method to test barrier properties against mineral oil compounds

A method for testing the mineral oil barriers of packaging materials has been developed at VTT, as a response to the need to protect foodstuff against contamination by mineral oil compounds. The method is a modification of the so-called cup test with...

Production of renewable fuels from forest residues is the most economically feasible solution under Finnish conditions

Liquid hydrocarbon fuels will continue to be needed in the transport sector, in addition to improvements in efficiency and switch to electric vehicles. Renewable transportation fuels produced from forest residues have proved to be the most economical...

Innovative Tools to Improve Efficiency in the Paper Industry – REFFIBRE Workshop on November 3, in Munich

Paper for recycling is a major raw material for the European paper and board industry. In the future, changes are expected in the use of paper for recycling and also in the properties of recycled fibers. New products from side streams from paper and...

Taking a glimpse into the future of print and paper

Printed batteries, posters capable of detecting touch, WiFi-blocking and noise-absorbing paper, these are just a selection of innovations brought together by the 'Paper Evolutions: Exploring digital and physical paper futures' exhibition hosted by VT...

Printed organic photovoltaics widen possibilities in energy production

Organic photovoltaic (OPV) technology has raised significant interest as an energy production technology for the future. Being flexible, lightweight, (semi)transparent, and rollable, OPV devices have a huge potential to spread into a wide spectrum of...

Biochemical modification and functionalization of nanocelullose surface

Biochemical methods are found to be feasible in nanocellulose modification and functionalization to study intrinsic properties of nanocellulose and cellulose binding proteins, and also for creating new functional materials....

Chemical and enzymatic oxidation using molecular oxygen as a means to valorize technical lignins for materials production

The results indicate that alkali-O2 oxidation provides wide possibilities to modify molecular mass and charge properties of lignin, which would increase the further application potential of technical lignins....

Formability of Paper and its Improvement potential

Extensibility of unrestrained dried paper was increased from 4 percentage points (untreated fibres) to 15 to 18 percentage points (mechanical treatment and addition of polymers). The extensibility can be increased further by up to 30 percentage point...

Summer time 2015

Dear ForestTech member,Summer time is finally here. Most Finnish employees have their summer vacations in July, also ForestTech team. There may be a little longer delay on processing requests in July, we hope that you understand. For more urgent requ...

Join in boosting up local and organic food markets by better package solutions

PACKER 2020 project emerged from the need to preserve national paperboard industry and to support the rapidly growing local and organic food movement. The project combines local paperboard and agricultural products into a product with its distinct id...

Cellulose turning into a supermaterial of the future: Broad-based cooperation multiplying the value of Finnish wood

Cellulose is a supermaterial of the future. The DWoC project is seeking new design-driven applications for cellulose and is developing related technology as well as exploring new ways to create value in cellulose-based ecosystems. These new materials...

Dissertation: Modelling the super-equilibria in thermal biomass conversion

A new computational method is presented for describing super-equilibrium states during thermal biomass conversion processes. Process engineering and studies related to combustion, gasification and biofuels are possible applications areas for this met...

Webinar video available: Cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) – a big hype or on the edge of a breakthrough?

Profound competence boosting the way from manufacturing to profitable business.How to utilize the full potential of the most abundant biopolymer that mother nature has to offer? How to combine the unique properties of cellulose with one of the "hotte...

PaperCon 2015: Industry committed to bring foam forming technology to market

VTT, together with large companies and small and medium size enterprises, has developed foam forming and coating technologies and demonstrated their potential through many pilot scale trials during the recent years. The main results of the latest fin...

Pure industrial chemicals by gasifying lignocellulosic biomass

VTT has demonstrated that lignocellulosic biomass can be successfully converted into pure BTX chemicals: benzene, toluene and xylene. The aim of this research is to enable the use of wood-based chemicals to replace crude oil in, for example, plastics...

Active and intelligent fibre-based packaging: from R&D to industrialization

During 2015-2019, ActInPak project will aim to identify and target the key technical, social, economic and legislative factors that will enable active and intelligent packaging made from fibre-based materials to be deployed in the market...

Electronic security tag for protecting valuable shipments

In collaboration with its EU project partners, VTT has developed an electronic security tag, which can used to protect valuable shipments and enhance product safety in the future. By using a security tag equipped with sensors, the sender and the reci...

NWBC 2015 - The 6th Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference

The international event, Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference (NWBC), is the leading meeting forum for wood biorefinery professionals. The next event will be held in Helsinki in October, 2015. This conference is jointly organised by VTT Technical Resea...

VTT sensor detects spoilage of food

VTT has developed a sensor that detects ethanol in the headspace of a food package. Ethanol is formed as a result of food spoilage. The sensor signal is wirelessly readable, for instance, by a mobile phone. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Lt...

VTT accelerates commercialisation of foam forming technology

Foam forming technology offers companies major cost saving possibilities in paper and paperboard manufacturing. It also expands the use of natural fibres in the production of recyclable and lightweight products. Some products can even be lightened by...

Is there any indirect migration of Mineral oil compounds from packages to food?

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has expressed its concern on food contamination with mineral oil hydrocarbons (MOH). This has led to the preparation of an ordinance in Germany that limits the maximum content of MOSH (saturated mineral oil h...

VTT performs bioeconomy and cleantech research at Bioruukki

VTT has built a piloting centre aimed at refining biomass at Kivenlahti, Espoo. Bioruukki offers companies world-class platform for new technology development and realisation of bioeconomy concepts. It operates in an area of technology that is import...

Design kraft pulps with fractionation of softwood and hardwood pulps

Fractionation of final or semi-finished fibres gives advanced possibilities to design pulps with unique fibre characteristics. For example, the tear index increased up to 16% and the fracture toughness index up to 23% of the GW blend sheets by using...

Novel adhesives and insulating foams from softwood bark tannins

In collaboration with its partners, VTT developed tannin extraction from softwood bark as part of an ERA-NET project. At least 130 kg of crude tannin powder can be produced from one tonne of dry wood bark, still leaving 87% of the original bark mass...

Solar power from energy-harvesting trees – Watch the video!

Scientists at VTT have developed a prototype of a tree that harvests solar energy from its surroundings - whether indoors or outdoors - stores it and turns it into electricity to power small devices such as mobile phones, humidifiers, thermometers an...

Bio-based pouch for nuts and other award-winning projects in the New Tree competition

VTT's fully bio-based and transparent packaging film won the New Tree competition award in the urbanisation category on 29 January in Helsinki. VTT is also involved in the biodegradable mulch project, the winner of its own category. The goal of the N...

VTT became a limited liability company

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and the Centre for Metrology and Accreditation MIKES amalgamated on 1 January 2015. At the same time, VTT became a limited liability company. Erkki KM Leppävuori is the President and CEO of VTT Ltd.VTT Technic...

Evaluation of future pulp mill concepts demonstrated in a reference model

Reference model can be used for the evaluation of future pulp mill and biorefinery concepts....

Guide to cellulose nanomaterials has been updated

The Guide to cellulose nanomaterials" by VTT has been updated and a 35 page summary in English has been published. The main focus of the updated guide is on the potential and developing applications for cellulose nanomaterials....

Runnability of wet mechanical paper not improved with reinforcement pulp

The doctoral thesis by VTT researcher Jarmo Kouko raises some fundamental aspects in the complex subject of the paper web runnability, and aim to provide tools for the controlling the wet web tension-strain behavior, and ensuring properties of the en...

The benefit of nanocellulose on paper and board strength

VTT has conducted the first independent and comprehensive benchmark study related to characterisation and application testing of pre-commercial and commercial cellulose nanomaterial grades. According to the results non-wood materials can also be viab...

TESTAA-project Final Seminar

In Testaa- technology platform new value added products were developed together with VTT, SMEs and large companies. The public Testaa-project has provided an opportunity for the participating companies to test new ideas at VTT´s pilot facilities. The...

Boosting the extensibility potential of fibre networks

Factors affecting extensibility of fibres and paper are discussed in this paper that has practical importance for makers of sack papers, bag papers and even in replacing plastic in some packages....

VTT developing an environmentally friendly alternative for polystyrene

While it is used all over the world as a light packaging and insulation material, EPS (expanded polystyrene) is a problem as waste. This is why VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is currently developing an affordable and environmentally friendl...

Increasing temperature reduces significantly runnability of wet paper webs

The results showed that temperature had a significant influence on the straining, relaxation and re-straining behaviour of wet paper that are indicators for the wet web runnability at a paper machine. This has practical significance for fiber webs dr...

Two public research programs, Future Biorefineries Products from Dissolved Cellulose and Future Biorefinery JR 2 published by FIBIC

Two public research programs, Future Biorefineries Products from Dissolved Cellulose and Future Biorefinery JR 2, delivered a remarkable amount of results and new competences. Programs were run by "Finnish Bioeconomy Cluster" FIBIC. The key results a...

3-layer film for modified atmosphere applications

This 3-layer film has a bio-based content over 95% and excellent heat-sealability and barrier properties against oxygen and water vapour. The film was produced by combining a traditional extrusion coating technology. The film may be used as a packagi...

Be a partner in project: Novel high tear strength products from mechanical pulps

VTT together with industry partners is launching a project focusing on increasing the tear strength and decreasing the costs of wood-containing papers. The potential of using different types of staple fibres is to be studied and novel concepts will b...

Join TESTAA-project Final Seminar

New value added products were developed in TESTAA. TESTAA - technology platform has provided for SMEs and large companies an opportunity to test new ideas at VTTs pilot facilities....

Actual and Future Possibilities for 1-Way Food Packages

This review consists of a critical analysis of published results of 1-way food packaging and discusses more in detail what will be necessary for the development of 1-way food packaging based solely on wood derived products and biodegradable polymers....

Fresh fibre input to papermaking is more important than earlier considered

Paper and board recycling material flows in European level were clarified. Flows of fibre, water and non-fibrous components are shown. In paper production only 41% of fibre used in paper production phase comes back to circulation due to loss of fibre...

Lignofibre - Flexible processing of biomass into high-value components

Lignofibre (LGF) organosolv, a process patented by VTT, is based on cooking with organic solvents, such as acetic acid and ethanol, at elevated temperatures (150°C). With the LGF process, fractionation of lignocellulosics into cellulose fibres, ligni...

Low-cost paper-based morphine detection test

Paper finds new uses and markets within handy diagnostic tests. A lateral flow assay device, where nitrocellulose as an analytical membrane was substituted by paper, has been realized in this work. Paper served as a matrix for wicking of liquid and d...

Polymer hybrid thin-film composites for food packaging and membrane filters

VTT has developed new hybrid materials for use in the manufacture and modification of thin-film composites. New materials are suitable for food packaging and for membrane filters used in water purification. In the future, similar materials may find u...

Feasible production process for biobased fuels and chemicals

High price of enzymes has been hindering the markets and utilisation of second generation biofuels and chemicals. VTT has studied and improved the enzyme production properties of the fungus Trichoderma reesei and contributed to the development of eco...

European consumers’ perceptions of time-temperature indicators in food packaging

Food quality is an essential aspect of food industry. Time-temperature indicator (TTI) technology has the capability to provide information on temperature fluctuations that temperature sensitive food products have undergone. However, the adoption of...

Join Foam Forming program for industrial upscaling of the foam forming technology

Inspired by the immense interest of various companies in the fibre product value chains, VTT will start the next research program on foam forming in January 2015. VTT kindly invites interested companies to join the program by the end of October....

Enhanced dewatering and wet web strength by utilizing foam application technology

Join collaboration project 'FADOUC' (Foam Aided Dewatering and Optimised Use of Chemicals) VTT is starting this autumn to see how your company can benefit from the foam application technology....

Wood fibre replacing plastic and mineral wool in insulation

New wood fibre-based insulation materials and sprayable insulation foams will replace products made of non-renewable or poorly recyclable raw materials. These mass producible materials lower energy consumption at the production stage, and reduce the...

More efficient processing of straw and wood into chemicals

Alternatives for replacing fossil raw materials with renewable ones for the production of chemicals, materials and energy are being sought worldwide. One of these alternatives is plant biomass. In her doctoral dissertation, Anne Kallioinen, MSc (Tech...

Novel concept to create barrier properties for paperboard

A novel concept that utilises foam coating technology and commercial barrier chemicals was developed and proofed in order to create barrier properties for paperboard....

Improve paper runnability with Break Pilot

Runnability must be determined in dynamic conditions. Break Pilot generates statistically sufficient number of breaks at conditions that meet the printing and converting processes....

Papermaking efficiency can substantially be improved by using foam forming

Foam forming simultaneously offers a way to reduce drying energy consumption and to improve paper properties. Superior formation and high bulk give an opportunity to light weighting of products....

New properties for wood fibres via laccase modification

Bonding of new compounds to the fibres offers an interesting option to improve the value and competitiveness of fibre products. For example, fibres made water-repellent can be used to replace plastic in packaging materials....

Wood torrefaction – market prospects and integration with the forest and energy industry

The benefits from integrated torrefied pellet production are related to by-product utilization at site at sawmills or plywood mills. Cost savings can be achieved if the alternative option is to transport residues to an external facility. However, the...

Nearly 60 international experts visited VTT and Valmet to see the world’s most advanced pilot paper machine and foam forming research environments

Foam forming technology introduces new exciting opportunities for fibre based products and raises a lot of interests among the companies in the paper, board and non-woven value chains. A good example of the interest was the PulPaper excursion, which...

PulPaper Award to Professor Ali Harlin

The PulPaper Award together with a grant of 5000 euros from the Finnish Fair Foundation were today granted to Professor Ali Harlin from VTT. Professor Harlin is coordinating the Bioeconomy Transformation project....

VTT’s vision of life in the era of a bioeconomy in Finland in 2044

What might life be like in 2044 after the era of oil in a bioeconomy? How is the transition made to bioeconomy? VTT brought together experts of various fields to consider these questions. The results were compiled in the publication People in the bio...

Meet VTT’s bioeconomy experts at PulPaper, 3-5 June 2014 Stand 6D39

VTT  – Your partner in concept and technology development Are you looking for novel solutions to improve the effectiveness of your fibre and biomaterials business? Or do you want to acutely improve your current production and process efficiency? Par...

Laccase paper suitable for indicator applications using flexographic printing

Laccase papers are well suited for various indicator applications and could be produced using flexographic printing. The indicators were demonstrated to work as oxygen indicators in a package....

Printed Low-Voltage Fuse Memory on Paper

VTT presented a printed fuse-type WORM memory that can be written using a low-voltage and current provided with flexible power sources....

Cellulose micro- and nanofibrils as a binding material for high filler content papers

The binding properties of fillers were improved by using cellulose nano- (CNF) and microfibrils (CMF)....

A unique opportunity for the SME’s to turn the product ideas into business by utilizing VTT’s technology platform

Seize the opportunity to test your ideas related to new fibre products or their processes: The TESTAA open technology platform aims to accelerate development of innovations arising from the SME sector by offering development work in VTT test environ...

Interpack 9 May: FAO-ICFPA-CEPI-WBCSD Special event "Bio-based Packaging: a Green Food Saver"

FAO Forestry Department is organizing Special event "Bio-based Packaging: a Green Food Saver" in collaboration with International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA), Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) and other partners....

Development of a reliable test procedure for mineral oil migration to foodstuffs

VTT together with industry partners have started a project to develop a reliable test procedure for mineral oil migration to foodstuffs, and understanding the migration phenomenon. Migration of mineral oil compounds to foodstuffs is a hot topic with...

Recommendation for characterization of nanocelluloses

Proper characterization of nanocelluloses is essential both for their trade and for their safety assessment. A set of methods can now be recommended for the routine characterization of fibrillated celluloses....

Cheap and temperature tolerant substrates for printed electronics

Composites consisting pigment and cellulose micro/nanofibrils (CMF/CNF) have been shown to offer a cost-effective substrate for printed electronics applications at high temperatures. Their performance is on the same level with plastic reference subst...

Foam forming results show improved fibre product properties using foam-based forming process

Foam forming is a new interesting forming method for different kind of fibers. Industry has shown a lot of interest towards this process. Studies from VTT foam forming research were presented at an international workshop at Cambridge in invited talks...

SWEET opened up future perspectives and new business for Kemira

Kemira's and VTT's Research & Development programme water research centre SWEET (Centre of Water Efficiency Excellence) led to numerous product innovations after its launch in 2010....

FIBIC programmes lay the basis for forest industry renewal

FIBIC, one of the six Strategic Centres for science, technology and innovation in Finland, turns science and technology into sustainable bio-based solutions. EffFibre and EffNet programmes by Fibic aimed at developing new fiber-based product concepts...

Dissertation: new methods for monitoring bioprocesses

Bioprocess technology is a multidisciplinary industry that combines knowledge of biology and chemistry with process engineering. VTT's Research Scientist, M.Sc. Heidi Turkia developed in her thesis new methods for monitoring bioprocesses in which she...

On the way to match ionic liquids and enzymatic hydrolysis to produce cellulosic ethanol

Ionic liquids have become increasingly interesting option in pre-treatment of cellulosic ethanol. Some compatibility issues with enzymes employed in the degradation of biomass still need to be solved....

Webinar: Foam in paper making: From a harm to an asset

Resource efficiency and new product opportunities for the forest sector and fibre based products...

Medical or cosmetic lotions integrated in tissue and nonwoven

A medical cloth with determined areas of lotion was demonstrated using screen printing as the application method. Self-care of skin problems (eczema, fungal infections etc.) was also seen as a potential application for printed wipes and towels....

Breakthrough in the rheological characterization of Micro-Fibrillated Cellulose (MFC) suspensions

With the new combined measurement method, one can finally get exact data also on the quantitative flow and structural behavior of MFC....

Birch bark compounds offer a wealth of business opportunities

Birch bark compounds can replace pine oil and resin in technochemical products. Birch bark is available in great quantities at Nordic sawmills and pulp plants....

Modelling the impact of innovations on the circular economy - REFFIBRE

Paper and board industry will get tools that can instantly provide the needed information regarding the impact of new production processes, raw material input and product innovations. The tools will also model the influence of the innovations on the...

Webinar: Fluid bed thermal conversions

Welcome to webinar: State-of-the-art fluid bed thermal conversionsfor energy and biofuels, 11.3.2014, 5PM Helsinki/3PM London/11AM New York Presenting sustainable technical solutions where residues power the process and create new cash flow streams...

Silicate-PCC combination filler for cost effective paper strength

Cost effective concept was proven with calcium silicate hydrate (CSH) treated fillers to increase the filler content of printing paper without losing its strength. The new developed material combinations have also opportunities beyond paper applicati...

South Australian forest industry back on the growth track by biorefinery business

A plan and recommendations for the forest sector industries in the Green Triangle region propose several pathways to raise short-term local production value and establish specialised biorefinery business in the longer term....

VTT introduces deforestation monitoring method for tropical regions

Halting deforestation in tropical regions requires verification of forest conditions. VTT has developed a new satellite image based method for accurate assessment of tropical forest cover. Part of the EU's seventh framework programme, the ReCover pro...

Xylan is a well-motivated option for paper and packaging coatings

The increase in availability of hemicelluloses opens up opportunities to benefit from their performance. Coatings of xylan derivatives on board showed better barrier properties than PLA and reached the level of PET coatings....

High efficiency production of cellulose based tissue and nonwoven materials

Low hemicellulose pulps, recycled pulps and the carbamate fibre are useful for the applications of tissue papers and nonwoven materials. Several technologies and fibre sources were examined for their techno-economic feasibility....

Foam forming – What could it mean for tissue?

Foam forming gives high bulk, excellent formation and improved strength at low grammages. These are all important attributes for tissue paper. Using foam forming also remarkably reduces production costs....

Current guidelines on nanocellulose safety

Nanocellulose is on the doorstep of its expansive commercialisation. Regulations related to nanomaterials are still under development, but the current guidelines give indications on which directions they will evolve....

Don’t look at dry strength when evaluating the runnability of a wet web

Strength of wet web is affected by different factors than dry strength. Furnish properties define critical web tension and its relaxation rate....

Hispanic workshop on Polymers and Composites from Renewable Resources

VTT participated on a two-week, NSF-sponsored Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute (PASI) and Nano Andes CR-2013, organized in San Jose, Costa Rica....

Cellulose for textiles – VTT invests in design driven R&D

The combination of strong design competence and cutting-edge cellulose-based technologies can result in new commercially successful brands. Wood fibre is aimed to replace part of both cotton production, which burdens the environment, and polyester pr...

1st International Symposium on Lignocellulosic Materials in Argentina

VTT had a special participation as a co-organizar of the 1st International Symposium on Lignocellulosic Materials in Puerto Iguazu, Misiones, Argentina....

Microbe-resistant fibre products with foam coating and functionalized nanocellulose

Foam coating is a very versatile method, allowing the use of a large variety of materials, including functionalized nanomaterials. VTT has recently demonstrated the applicability of foam coatings as microbe-resistant paper and non-woven....

Good barrier properties to board by novel lignin coating

The novel lignin coating shows promising properties for the development as sustainable barrier material in fiber-based packaging material to replace oil-based barriers....

Owela platform allows companies to develop their services together with consumers

The genuine interaction allowed by the right tools makes users more influential and gives companies a unique possibility for direct conversation with users of their services....

Safe and sustainable packaging innovations raised discussion at IAPRI symposium

Keynotes highlighted packaging legislation as well as the integrated role of the packaging as a part of a brand product. Also the biobarriers, time-temperature and freshness indicators, nutrition information and other packaging aspects were discussed...

Morphology and safety of nano-scale cellulose fibrils addressed

Nano-scale cellulose fibrils are considered critical for the safety assessment. A recent study on fibrillated celluloses and their morphology reassures that there are no immediate safety concerns....

Well-designed pharmaceutical packaging improves patient safety

Poorly designed medicine packaging can be fatal to the patient. Especially for elderly people it is important that the packaging is easy to open, easy to administer the drug, and easy to read the user instructions....

Electron irradiation of TMP saves energy and adjusts fibre network properties

Pre-treatment of wood chips with electron irradiation results not only energy savings during TMP refining, but also adjustability of resulting pulp and fibre network properties. In a recent study, the applied mechanical and optical microtribologic me...

New product features with metallic nanoparticles

Metallic particles have optical and magnetic properties and they are used in conductive inks and catalysts. Nanotechnology makes it possible to replace precious metals with affordable ones. VTT's new production reactor, operating at atmospheric press...