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  • 1.
    Alecrim, Viviane
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Zhang, Renyun
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Hummelgård, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Andres, Britta
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Dahlström, Christina
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Andersson, Mattias
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Olin, Håkan
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Exfoliated Layered Materials for Digital Fabrication2015In: NIP & Digital Fabrication Conference, 2015, Vol. 1, p. 192-194Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We introduced an exfoliation method of MoS2 in a 3% solution of sodium dodecyl surfactant at high concentration (i.e. 2 g/L). The bulk MoS2 was thinned by mechanical exfoliation between sand papers and the resulting powder was used to prepare dispersions by liquid exfoliation through probe sonication. The resulting dispersion consisted of very thin MoS2 nanosheets in surfactant solution with average lateral size around 126 nm. This may be interesting for applications in inkjet printed electronics.

  • 2.
    Andersson, Kerstin I
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
    Eriksson, Marie
    SCA R&D Ctr, SE-85121 Sundsvall, Sweden.
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
    Removal of Lignin from Wastewater Generated by Mechanical Pulping Using Activated Charcoal and Fly Ash: Adsorption Isotherms and Thermodynamics2011In: Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, ISSN 0888-5885, E-ISSN 1520-5045, Vol. 50, no 13, p. 7722-7732Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Lignin-related material found in wastewater from thermomechanical pulping resists conventional biological treatment, entailing the use of advanced removal methods. In this work, the use of adsorption for removing lignin-related material was investigated. Activated charcoal and fly ash were used to study the adsorption behavior of lignin and to determine the adsorption capacities of these two adsorbents. Experimental data were fitted to various isotherm equations to find the best description of the sorption systems, and the corresponding thermodynamic parameters were calculated. Fly ash exhibited good sorption properties, although its sorption capacity was inferior to that of activated charcoal. Both the Freundlich and Langmuir equations provided reasonable models of the sorption processes, and the thermodynamic parameters indicated that sorption onto activated charcoal is endothermic, whereas sorption onto fly ash appears to be exothermic. Fly ash is a low-cost material that is often available on-site and offers an interesting alternative to high-cost advanced wastewater treatment systems for removing recalcitrant organic materials.

  • 3.
    Andersson, Kerstin I.
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
    Eriksson, Marie
    SCA R&D Ctr, SE-85121 Sundsvall, Sweden.
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
    Removal of Lignin from Wastewater Generated by Mechanical Pulping Using Activated Charcoal and Fly Ash: Adsorption Kinetics2011In: Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, ISSN 0888-5885, E-ISSN 1520-5045, Vol. 50, no 13, p. 7733-7739Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The possible application of adsorption for the removal of lignin-related material found in wastewater generated by mechanical pulping was investigated. Activated charcoal and fly ash were used as adsorbents in batch experiments. The lignin-related material exhibited properties well-suited for adsorption onto both adsorbents, although the sorption capacity of activated charcoal exceeds that of fly ash. The experimental data were fitted to pseudo-first- and pseudo-second-order rate kinetic expressions, and an attempt was made to find the rate-limiting step involved in the adsorption processes. The results showed that lignin adsorption onto both activated charcoal and fly ash follows pseudo-second-order rate kinetics and that both boundary-layer diffusion and intraparticle diffusion are likely involved in the rate-limiting mechanisms. Adsorption is an interesting option in advanced wastewater treatment, and fly ash appears to be a suitable low-cost adsorbent for recalcitrant organic pollutants.

  • 4.
    Andersson, Kerstin I
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
    Eriksson, Magnus
    SCA R and D Centre, Sundsvall, Sweden.
    Lignin removal from wastewater by adsorption2009In: Proceedings - 2009 International Mechanical Pulping Conference, IMPC 2009, 2009, p. 280-285Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Lignin contributes to residual COD in wastewater after biological treatment. Available methods for removal of recalcitrant material like lignin, e.g. chemical oxidation and coagulation, are associated with heavy operational expenses. Stringent discharge requirements demand new cost-effective methods for removal of recalcitrant COD. Adsorption is an important mechanism for lignin removal in biological wastewater treatment. A study of lignin, using activated carbon as a model adsorbent, was performed to learn more about the adsorption behaviour of lignin. At the adsorbent dose 4 g/L and an initial lignin concentration of 0.5 g/L, 77% of the lignin was removed after six hours. The adsorption kinetics was found to follow the pseudo second-order rate expression and no temperature dependency could be observed in the temperature range studied.

     

     

  • 5.
    Andersson, Kerstin
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
    Pranovich, Andrey
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
    Eriksson, Marie
    Holmbom, Bjarne
    Effects of biological treatment on the chemical structure of dissolved lignin-related substances in effluent from thermomechanical pulping2008In: Nordic Pulp & Paper Research Journal, ISSN 0283-2631, E-ISSN 2000-0669, Vol. 23, no 2, p. 164-171Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Effluent from a TMP-based pulp and paper mill was collected at the inlet and outlet of the mill's biological treatment plant and fractionated by sorption on XAD-8 resin and MTBE precipitation. Fractionation indicated that the refractory dissolved organic material in biologically treated effluent was mainly composed of lignin-related substances. Characterisation of the lignin-related substances by chromatographic and spectrometric methods confirmed the similarities of the isolated material and milled wood lignin. Fractionation and characterisation of alkali-extracted material from solids (biosludge) in biologically treated effluent found evidence of lignin-related material. Results indicated that biological treatment had altered the chemical structure and molar-mass distribution of dissolved lignin-related substances.

  • 6.
    Andres, Britta
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Dahlström, Christina
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Blomquist, Nicklas
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Olin, Håkan
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Cellulose binders for electric double-layer capacitor electrodes: The influence of cellulose quality on electrical properties2018In: Materials & design, ISSN 0264-1275, E-ISSN 1873-4197, Vol. 141, p. 342-349Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Cellulose derivatives are widely used as binders and dispersing agents in different applications. Binders composed of cellulose are an environmentally friendly alternative to oil-based polymer binding agents. Previously, we reported the use of cellulose nanofibers (CNFs) as binders in electrodes for electric double-layer capacitors (EDLCs). In addition to good mechanical stability, we demonstrated that CNFs enhanced the electrical performance of the electrodes. However, cellulose fibers can cover a broad range of length scales, and the quality requirements from an electrode perspective have not been thoroughly investigated. To evaluate the influence of fiber quality on electrode properties, we tested seven samples with different fiber dimensions that are based on the same kraft pulp. To capture the length scale from fibers to nanofibrils, we evaluated the performance of the untreated kraft pulp, refined fibers, microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) and CNFs. Electrodes with kraft pulp or refined fibers showed the lowest electrical resistivity. The specific capacitances of all EDLCs were surprisingly similar, but slightly lower for the EDLC with CNFs. The same electrode sample with CNFs also showed a slightly higher equivalent series resistance (ESR), compared to those of the other EDLCs. Graphite dispersions with MFC showed the best dispersion stability. 

  • 7.
    Björkqvist, Olof
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
    Engstrand, Per
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
    Htun, Myat
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
    FORE – Ett nytt industrikombinat baserat på mekaniska massaprocesser2010In: Svensk papperstidning, Nordisk cellulosa, ISSN 1101-766X, no 2, p. 24-25Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 8.
    Boija, Susanne
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Almesåker, Ann
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Hedenström, Erik
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Bylund, Dan
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Edlund, Håkan
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Determination of conditional stability constants for some divalent transition metal ion-EDTA complexes by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry2014In: Journal of Mass Spectrometry, ISSN 1076-5174, E-ISSN 1096-9888, Vol. 49, no 7, p. 550-556Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Conditional stability constants of coordination complexes comprising divalent transition metals, Cu2+, Ni2+, Zn2+, Co2+, and ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) were determined utilizing electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. The deviation of signal response of a reference complex was monitored at addition of a second metal ion. The conditional stability constant for the competing metal was then determined through solution equilibria equations. The method showed to be applicable to a system where Co2+ and Zn2+ competed for EDTA at pH 5. When Cu2+ and Ni2+ competed for EDTA, the equilibrium changed over time. This change was shown to be affected in rate and size by the type of organic solvent added. In this work, 30% of either methanol or acetonitrile was used. It was found that if calibration curves are prepared for both metal complexes in solution and the measurements are repeated with sufficient time space, any change in equilibrium of sample solutions will be discovered. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • 9.
    Dahlström, Christina
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
    Uesaka, Tetsu
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
    Base Sheet Structures that Control Coating Uniformity: Effects of Length Scale2008In: TAPPI Advanced Coating Fundamentals Symposium Proceedings, TAPPI Press, 2008, p. 124-133Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Characterization of the base sheet properties and coating layer properties was performed by using scanning electron microscope (SEM) images of paper cross-sections and image analysis. Frequency analysis was used to study how the base sheet properties affect coating thickness uniformity at different length scales. Samples analysed were Lightweight Coated (LWC) base sheets blade-coated on only one side with coat weights of 12 and 22 g/m2. A number of images were taken in sequence giving a total length of more than 6 mm. The results showed that the surface height variations of the base sheet control coating uniformity in the entire examined length scale, but with different mechanisms. At short wavelengths the coating mechanism was “level coating” where the coating suspension fills small pores (“levels”), whereas at longer wavelengths the coating suspension follows the surface profile and “contour coating” becomes more prevalent. In other words, the level- and contour-coatings represent the coating mechanisms in different length scales. Surface height variations can be explained by base sheet thickness only at short wavelengths, but at all other wavelengths the surface height variations were very much independent of the base sheet structure properties measured.

  • 10.
    Duan, Ran
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Ibrahem, Ismail
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Edlund, Håkan
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Acid-Catalyzed Synthesis of Foamed Materials from Renewable Sources2014In: Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, ISSN 0888-5885, E-ISSN 1520-5045, Vol. 53, no 45, p. 17597-17603Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this study, lightweight biobased foamed materials were successfully synthesized by the modification of renewable polysaccharides, such as starch and microcrystalline cellulose. Low-cost and nontoxic organic acids were utilized as catalysts in the first-step esterification reaction of the synthesis. The effects of different reaction conditions on the water absorbency and weight loss of freeze-casted polysaccharide–citrate–chitosan foams are discussed. Physical properties, such as pore-size distributions and compressive stress–strain curves, of the foams were determined. The characterization results show that the amide bonds formed between the carboxylic acid groups of polysaccharide–citrate and the amino groups of chitosan are crucial to the foamed material’s performance.

  • 11.
    Duan, Ran
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of applied science and design.
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of applied science and design.
    Edlund, Håkan
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of applied science and design.
    Hedenström, Erik
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of applied science and design.
    Novel foamed materials from renewable sources2012In: 9th European Conference on Foams, Emulsions and Applications, 2012Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 12.
    Duan, Ran
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Hedenström, Erik
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Ibrahem, Ismail
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Edlund, Håkan
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    New approaches toward producing foamed materials from renewable sources.2013Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 13.
    Duan, Ran
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Westerlind, Bo
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Anugwom, Ikenna
    Technical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Chemical-Biological Centre, Umeå University; Laboratory of Industrial Chemistry and Reaction Engineering, Johan Gadolin Process Chemistry Centre, Åbo Akademi University, Finland.
    Virtanen, Pasi
    Technical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Chemical-Biological Centre, Umeå University.
    Mikkola, Jyri-Pekka
    Technical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Chemical-Biological Centre, Umeå University; Laboratory of Industrial Chemistry and Reaction Engineering, Johan Gadolin Process Chemistry Centre, Åbo Akademi University, Finland.
    Fibre stress-strain response of high temperature chemi-thermomechanical pulp treated with switchable ionic liquids2016In: BioResources, ISSN 1930-2126, E-ISSN 1930-2126, Vol. 11, no 4, p. 8570-8588Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The removal of lignin from a high-temperature chemi-thermomechanical pulp (HT-CTMP) using a switchable ionic liquid prepared from an organic superbase (1,8-diazabicyclo-[5.4.0]-undec-7-ene (DBU)), monoethanol amine (MEA), and SO2 was investigated. The objective was to measure the fibre properties before and after removal of the lignin to analyse the contributions from lignin in the HT-CTMP fibre to the tensile properties. It was found that the fibre displacement at break - measured in zero span, which is related to fibre strain at break - was not influenced by the lignin removal in this ionic liquid system when tested dry. There was a small increase in displacement at break and a reduction in tensile strength at zero span when tested after rewetting. At short span, the displacement at break decreased slightly when lignin was removed, while tensile strength was almost unaffected when tested dry. Under rewetted conditions, the displacement at break increased and tensile strength decreased after lignin removal. Nevertheless, no dramatic differences in the pulp properties could be observed. Under the experimental conditions, treatment with the ionic liquid reduced the lignin content from 37.4 to 15.5 wt%.

  • 14.
    Edlund, Håkan
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Different Types of Aggregation and Aggregate Structures in Aqueous Kraft Lignin Solutions. 2002In: Proceedings. 7th EWLP, 2002, p. 297-300Conference paper (Other scientific)
  • 15.
    Edlund, Håkan
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Ion Specific Differences in Salt Induced Precipitation of Kraft Lignin2002In: Proceedings 7th EWLP, Turku, Finland, Aug 26–29, 2002, 2002, p. 75-78Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 16.
    Eivazihollagh, Alireza
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Bäckström, Joakim
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Dahlström, Christina
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Carlsson, Fredrik
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Ibrahem, Ismail
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Lindman, Björn
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Edlund, Håkan
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    One-pot synthesis of cellulose-templated copper nanoparticles with antibacterial properties2017In: Materials letters (General ed.), ISSN 0167-577X, E-ISSN 1873-4979, Vol. 187, p. 170-172Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We report a facile in situ synthesis of spherical copper nanoparticles (NPs) templated by a gelled cellulose II matrix under alkaline aqueous reaction conditions. In under 20 min, the hybrid material could be obtained in a one-pot reaction. Field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) revealed that the polycrystalline NPs of 200–500 nm were well distributed in the regenerated cellulose matrix. The average Cu crystallite size was of the order of 20 nm, as estimated from both X-ray diffraction (XRD) and FE-SEM. XRD data also indicated that the composite contained up to approximately 20% Cu2O. In suspensions containing the hybrid material, growth of Escerichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus strains was inhibited by 80% and 95%, respectively, after 72 h. The synthesis procedure offers a general approach to designing various low-cost hybrid materials of almost any shape, and the concept could be extended to utilization areas such as catalysis, functional textiles, and food packaging as well as to electronic applications.

  • 17.
    Eivazihollagh, Alireza
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Bäckström, Joakim
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Edlund, Håkan
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Electrochemical recovery of copper complexed by DTPA and C12-DTPA from aqueous solution using a membrane cell2018In: Journal of chemical technology and biotechnology (1986), ISSN 0268-2575, E-ISSN 1097-4660, Vol. 93, no 5, p. 1421-1431Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND

    The electrochemical recovery of copper from DTPA and C12-DTPA (a surface-active derivative of DTPA) complex solutions was investigated in a membrane flow cell. Electrolysis time, solution flow rate, applied current density, and solution pH were evaluated.

    RESULTS

    The chelating surfactant C12-DTPA can promote the kinetics of copper electrodeposition more than DTPA depending on the experimental conditions. At a current density of 30 A m–2, a solution flow rate of 0.6 L min–1, and pH 10 after 180 min treatment, the copper recovery and current efficiency were 50% and 43.3%, respectively, in the Cu(II)-DTPA system and about 65% and 53.6%, respectively, in the Cu(II)-C12-DTPA system. The differences in the amount of recovery could be explained in terms of differences in the diffusion of copper complexes with DTPA and C12-DTPA to the cathode, as well as their solution behavior and pH-dependent conditional stability constants (log10 K’CuDTPA3-).

    CONCLUSION

    Electrochemical methods could be effectively combined with foam flotation for the chelating surfactant C12-DTPA, to recover copper and C12-DTPA. This makes the overall treatment more sustainable, and can be helpful in complying with the increasingly stringent environmental regulations

  • 18.
    Eivazihollagh, Alireza
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Bäckström, Joakim
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Edlund, Håkan
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Influences of the operational variables on electrochemical treatment of chelated Cu(II) in alkaline solutions using a membrane cell2017In: Journal of chemical technology and biotechnology (1986), ISSN 0268-2575, E-ISSN 1097-4660, Vol. 92, no 6, p. 1436-1445Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND

    The electrochemical recovery of copper and chelating agent from their complex solution using a membrane flow cell was investigated. The parameters electrolysis time, solution pH, current density, and temperature were investigated.

    RESULTS

    Electrochemical investigation indicated that chelating ligands can be recovered by the electrodeposition of copper ions on the cathode. For copper and EDTA recovery, the results indicated that recovery efficiency was affected by time, current density, and temperature. The recovery process was not influenced by pH in the range studied (pH 8–12), which can be explained by the low variation in the conditional stability constant, i.e. Δlog10 K' ≤ 0.7, over the pH range. However, when NTA, EDTA, and DTPA were compared, the results indicated that the recovery efficiency decreased as the conditional stability constant of the chelating agent–Cu(II) complex increased. The maximum current efficiency of copper and EDTA recovery after 5 h of treatment was approximately 85%, whereas the recovery was 80% of the initial concentration (0.05 mol L−1) at a current density of 1 A dm−2, temperature of 333 K, and pH of 10.

    CONCLUSION

    Relatively high recovery efficiency makes the process fairly sustainable and hinders the discharge of copper ions and chelating ligands as pollutants into the environment. 

  • 19.
    Eivazihollagh, Alireza
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Dahlström, Christina
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Edlund, Håkan
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Controlled Synthesis of Cu and Cu2O NPs and Incorporation of Octahedral Cu2O NPs in Cellulose II Films2018In: Nanomaterials, ISSN 2079-4991, Vol. 8, no 4, article id 238Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this study, Cu and Cu2O nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized through chemical reduction of soluble copper-chelating ligand complexes using formaldehyde as a reducing agent. The influence of various chelating ligands, such as ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA), diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (DTPA), and a surface-active derivative of DTPA (C12-DTPA), as well as surfactants (i.e., hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB), dodecyltrimethylammonium chloride (DoTAC), sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), and dimethyldodecylamine-N-oxide (DDAO)), on morphology and the composition of produced NPs was investigated. In the absence of surfactants, spherical copper particles with polycrystalline structure could be obtained. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis revealed that, in the presence of EDTA, the synthesized NPs are mainly composed of Cu with a crystallite size on the order of 35 nm, while with DTPA and C12-DTPA, Cu2O is also present in the NPs as a minority phase. The addition of ionic surfactants to the copper–EDTA complex solution before reduction resulted in smaller spherical particles, mainly composed of Cu. However, when DDAO was added, pure Cu2O nano-octahedrons were formed, as verified by high-resolution scanning electron microscopy (HR-SEM) and XRD. Furthermore, a hybrid material could be successfully prepared by mixing the octahedral Cu2O NPs with cellulose dissolved in a LiOH/urea solvent system, followed by spin-coating on silica wafers. It is expected that this simple and scalable route to prepare hybrid materials could be applied to a variety of possible applications.

  • 20.
    Eivazihollagh, Alireza
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Tejera, Javier
    Chemical Engineering Department, Complutense University of Madrid, E-28040 Madrid, Spain.
    Svanedal, Ida
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Edlund, Håkan
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Blanco, Angeles
    Chemical Engineering Department, Complutense University of Madrid, E-28040 Madrid, Spain.
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Removal of Cd2+, Zn2+, and Sr2+ by Ion Flotation, Using a Surface-Active Derivative of DTPA (C12-DTPA)2017In: Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, ISSN 0888-5885, E-ISSN 1520-5045, Vol. 56, no 38, p. 10605-10614Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Ion flotation was studied for the removal of cadmium, zinc, and strontium ions from aqueous solutions at pH 5–9 in a customized flotation cell, using an aminopolycarboxylic chelating surfactant, 2-dodecyldiethylenetriamine pentaacetic acid (C12-DTPA) in combination with two foaming agents: dodecyltrimethylammonium chloride (DoTAC) and dimethyldodecylamine-N-oxide (DDAO). The results from experiments showed that both Zn2+ and Cd2+ could be removed via ion flotation to 100% at pH 5, and Sr2+ could be removed via ion flotation to 60%–70% at pH 7–9. The removal of metal ions from the flotation cell was seen to vary with pH, but this was not exclusively related to the magnitudes of the formed metal ion-chelating surfactant conditional stability constants. The removal was also dependent on the foam properties of the samples that were found to vary over the investigated pH interval. The outcome of the investigation points to the chelating surfactant C12-DTPA having excellent chelating properties for all of the studied ions above pH 7. In combination with correctly chosen foaming agents, the optimized surfactant system could be expected to provide very efficient remediation of waters polluted with metal ions via ion flotation.

  • 21.
    Engqvist, Cecilia
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Forsberg, Sven
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Edlund, Håkan
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Andreasson, B
    Karlsson, O
    Lund University.
    Interactions between single latex particles and silica surfaces studied with AFM2007In: Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, ISSN 0927-7757, E-ISSN 1873-4359, Vol. 302, no 1-3, p. 197-203Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The spreading of single styrene-acrylic latex particles on silicon oxide surfaces was studied using atomic force microscopy (AFM). Three latexes with different glass transition temperature (Tg) were used and the effects of temperature, time and preparation method were investigated. Particle sizes and shape were measured with AFM and the contact angles were calculated. The observed rate for the spreading of latex particles was low and it took several days before the particles reached steady state, even at temperatures well above their Tg. The experimental particle spreading results deviated with two orders of magnitude from predictions using the WLF equation for polymer diffusion. The deviation could be attributed to polymer-surface interactions that slowed down the particle spreading. The work of adhesion was calculated using two models. The results from using the regular Young-Dupré equation and a modified version of this equation that also included the mechanical properties (E-modulus and Poisson�s ratio) of the latexes, were compared. For soft latex particles the results from the two models agreed well and were of the order of 75 J/m2, but for glassy latexes the Young-Dupré equation underestimated the work of adhesion.

  • 22.
    Forsberg, Viviane
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Andersson, Henrik
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Electronics Design.
    Engholm, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Electronics Design.
    Thungström, Göran
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Electronics Design.
    Zhang, Renyun
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Hummelgård, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Olin, Håkan
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Photodetector of multilayer exfoliated MoS2 deposited on polyimide films2018Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    We fabricated a photodetector based on multilayer molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) by micromechanical cleavage of a molybdenite crystal using a polyimide film. We deposited 40 nm of gold by vacuum sputtering and copper tape was used for the contacts.  Without any surface treatment, we achieved high responsivity at different incident optical power. The calculated responsivity was 23 mA/W of incident optical power in the range between 400 and 800 nm. For the responsivity measurement it was estimated that MoS2 have a bandgap of 1.6 eV, which lies between monolayer and multilayer films. The thickness of the MoS2 thin film was determined by Raman spectroscopy evaluating the difference between the in plane  and out of plane  Raman modes. The measurement of IV curves indicated Ohmic contacts in respect to the Au regardless of the incident optical power. Our device fabrication was much simpler than previous reported devices and can be used to test the light absorption and luminescence capabilities of exfoliated MoS2.

  • 23.
    Forsberg, Viviane
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Green materials for inkjet printing of 2D materials and transparent electronics2018Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 24.
    Forsberg, Viviane
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Zhang, Renyun
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Andersson, Henrik
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Electronics Design.
    Bäckström, Joakim
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Dahlström, Christina
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Andres, Britta
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Olin, Håkan
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Liquid Exfoliation of Layered Materials in Water for Inkjet Printing2016In: Printing for Fabrication 2016: Materials, Applications, and Processes, USA: Curran Associates, Inc., 2016Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    MoS2 is a layered material which is abundant and non-toxic and has been increasingly studied during the last few years as a semiconducting alternative to graphene. While most studies have been performed on single MoS2 nanosheets, for example to demonstrate high-performance electronic transistors, more work is needed to explore the use of MoS2 in printed electronics. The importance of using MoS2 as a printed electronic material could be understood by considering the several orders higher electron mobility in MoS2, even in several nanometer thick layers, compared to the organic and other materials used today. In the few studies performed so far on printing MoS2, the developed dispersions used mainly organic solvents that might be detrimental for the environment. Here, we show an environmentally friendly liquid-based exfoliation method in water where the solution was stabilized by sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) surfactant. The dispersions consisted of very thin MoS2 nanosheets with average lateral size of about 150 nm, surface tension of 28 mN m-1 and a shelf life of a year. Although both the concentration and viscosity was less than optimal, we were able to inkjet print the MoS2 solution on paper and on PET films, using multiple printing passes. By tuning the concentration/viscosity, this approach might lead to an environmentally friendly MoS2 ink suitable for printed electronics.

  • 25.
    Forsberg, Viviane
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Zhang, Renyun
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Andersson, Henrik
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Electronics Design.
    Bäckström, Joakim
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Dahlström, Christina
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Andres, Britta
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Olin, Håkan
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Liquid Exfoliation of Layered Materials in Water for Inkjet Printing2016In: Journal of Imaging Science and Technology, ISSN 1062-3701, E-ISSN 1943-3522, Vol. 60, no 4, p. 1-7, article id 040405Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    MoS2 is a layered material which is abundant and non-toxic and has been increasingly studied during the last few years as a semiconducting alternative to graphene. While most studies have been performed on single MoS2 nanosheets, for example to demonstrate high-performance electronic transistors, more work is needed to explore the use of MoS2 in printed electronics. The importance of using MoS2 as a printed electronic material could be understood by considering the several orders higher electron mobility in MoS2, even in several nanometer thick layers, compared to the organic and other materials used today. In the few studies performed so far on printing MoS2, the developed dispersions used mainly organic solvents that might be detrimental for the environment. Here, we show an environmentally friendly liquid-based exfoliation method in water where the solution was stabilized by sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) surfactant. The dispersions consisted of very thin MoS2 nanosheets with average lateral size of about 150 nm, surface tension of 28 mN m(-1), and a shelf life of a year. Although both the concentration and viscosity was less than optimal, we were able to inkjet print the MoS2 solution on paper and on PET films, using multiple printing passes. By tuning the concentration/viscosity, this approach might lead to an environmentally friendly MoS2 ink suitable for printed electronics.

  • 26.
    Forsberg, Viviane
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Zhang, Renyun
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Joakim, Bäckström
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Dahlström, Christina
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Andres, Britta
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Andersson, Mattias
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Hummelgård, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Olin, Håkan
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Exfoliated MoS2 in Water without Additives2016In: PLoS ONE, ISSN 1932-6203, E-ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 11, no 4, article id 0154522Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Many solution processing methods of exfoliation of layered materials have been studied during the last few years; most of them are based on organic solvents or rely on surfactants andother funtionalization agents. Pure water should be an ideal solvent, however, it is generallybelieved, based on solubility theories that stable dispersions of water could not be achievedand systematic studies are lacking. Here we describe the use of water as a solvent and thestabilization process involved therein. We introduce an exfoliation method of molybdenumdisulfide (MoS2) in pure water at high concentration (i.e., 0.14±0.01 g L−1). This was achieved by thinning the bulk MoS2by mechanical exfoliation between sand papers and dis-persing it by liquid exfoliation through probe sonication in water. We observed thin MoS2nanosheets in water characterized by TEM, AFM and SEM images. The dimensions of thenanosheets were around 200 nm, the same range obtained in organic solvents. Electropho-retic mobility measurements indicated that electrical charges may be responsible for the sta-bilization of the dispersions. A probability decay equation was proposed to compare thestability of these dispersions with the ones reported in the literature. Water can be used as asolvent to disperse nanosheets and although the stability of the dispersions may not be ashigh as in organic solvents, the present method could be employed for a number of applications where the dispersions can be produced on site and organic solvents are not desirable.

  • 27.
    Gärdlund, Linda
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Wågberg, Lars
    KTH.
    Marklund, Ann
    The use of polyelectrolyte complexes (PEC) as strength additives for different pulps used for production of fine paper2007In: Nordic Pulp & Paper Research Journal, ISSN 0283-2631, E-ISSN 2000-0669, Vol. 22, no 2, p. 210-216Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this work the application of polyelectrolyte complexes (PEC) to different pulps, to improve the strength of papers produced from them, is compared with conventional pulp beating. The pulps chosen for the investigation were a fully bleached chemical hardwood pulp (HBK), a fully bleached chemical softwood pulp (SBK), and a peroxide-bleached chemi-thermomechanical pulp (BCTMP). The polyelectrolytes used were a polyamideamine epichlorohydrine condensate (PAE), traditionally used as a wet-strength additive, and carboxymethylcellulose. Since the complexes prepared from these chemicals bear an anionic charge, they can only be used after fibre pre-treatment with the cationic PAE. Results indicate that the addition of 2% PAE and 2% PEC can improve all the measured tensile strength properties of the sheets as much as is commonly achieved by mechanically beating the pulps. In fact, for the chemical pulps, PEC addition at the chosen level produced better results than did traditional beating, since the improved tensile index and tensile energy absorption could be achieved without any significant deterioration in the light scattering coefficient of the papers produced. However, with the BCTMP a significant decrease in light scattering could be detected, especially following the addition of PEC. Adding the chemicals (especially the PEC) increased the sheet density, so chemical treatment left the bending stiffness of the sheets unaffected. However, based on the results, it was suggested that a combination of unbeaten HBK and BCTMP treated with PAE and PEC should be used as the fibre components of a typical fine paper furnish.

  • 28.
    Gärdlund, Linda
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Wågberg, Lars
    Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    New insights into the structure of polyelectrolyte complexes2007In: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, ISSN 0021-9797, E-ISSN 1095-7103, Vol. 312, no 2, p. 237-246Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The formation of polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs) prepared from oppositely charged linear polyelectrolytes (PELs) was studied by static light scattering at various salt concentrations. The PELs used were poly(allylamine hydro chlorid) (PAH) and the two polyanions poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) and poly(methacrylic acid) (PMAA). Physical characteristics such as radii of gyration and molecular weights as well as water content of the PECs were determined at various molar mixing ratios. In spite of the relatively small difference in chemical structure between PAA and PMAA, fairly large differences in the mentioned parameters were detected. Generally, PECs consisting of PMAA were larger and contained more water. Moreover, by using cryogenic transmission electron microscopy, transmission microscopy and atomic force microscopy, shape and structure of the prepared PECs were investigated both in solution and after drying. The PECs were found to be spherical in solution and the shape was retained after freeze-drying. PECs adsorbed on silica surfaces and dried in air at room-temperature still showed a three-dimensional structure. However, from the relatively low aspect ratios determined, the PECs were found to be significantly collapsed due to interactions with the silica surface during the adsorption and drying processes.

  • 29.
    Halvarsson, Sören
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
    Edlund, Håkan
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
    Manufacture of High-Performance Rice-Straw Fiberboards2010In: Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, ISSN 0888-5885, E-ISSN 1520-5045, Vol. 49, no 3, p. 1428-1435Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Rice straw, a waste agriculture material grown and harvested in Willows, CA, was used,is a raw material in the production of thin medium- and high-density fiberboards (MDFs and HDFs). The rice straw was cleaned, size-reduced, and soaked in water before being refined. Defibration was performed in it pressurized pilot-plant single-disk refiner, OHP 20". The fiber production capacity reached a level of 63 kg/h. and the proper fiber quality for MDF/HDF production was established. Analysis of the produced fiber showed an average fiber length of approximately 0.9 mm, in average fiber width of 31 mu m, a shive weight of below 24%, and a dust content of less than 30%. Production of fiberboards was performed by addition of 3%, 4%, and 5% methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI). The flexural properties, internal bond strength, and thickness swelling of the produced fiberboards were evaluated according to ASTM methods. The finished fiberboards based on rice straw and MDI resin showed excellent properties. The internal bond (IB) reached levels of 2.6 MPa, and the modulus of rupture (MOR) and modulus of elasticity (MOE) showed levels comparable to those of wood-based fiberboards and were acceptable according to the requirements or medium-density fiberboard (MDF) for interior applications (American National Standards Institute, ANSI A208.2-2002). The water-repelling properties of the 3-min rice-straw fiberboards were encouraging; the thickness swelling, (TS) was in the range of 15-30%. Two different methods to avoid adhesion between the press plates and the resinated fiber material during hot pressing were investigated: protective paper sheets were placed between the fiber mat and press plates, or a press-release agent was sprayed oil steel plates that were then placed ill the press before pressing Satisfactory results were obtained with both methods, and no adhesion was observed between the fiberboard and the steel plates. The method of using press-release agent during pressing had no notable negative effects oil the fiberboard properties.

  • 30.
    Halvarsson, Sören
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
    Edlund, Håkan
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
    Manufacture of non-resin wheat straw fibreboards2009In: Industrial crops and products (Print), ISSN 0926-6690, E-ISSN 1872-633X, Vol. 29, no 2-3, p. 437-445Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Wheat straw was used as raw material in the production of fibreboards. The size-reduced straw was pretreated with steam, hot water and sulphuric acid before the defibration process to loosen its physical structure and reduce the pH. No synthetic binder was added. Adhesive bonding between fibres was initiated by activation of the fibre surfaces by an oxidative treatment during the defibration process. Fenton’s reagent (ferrous chloride and hydrogen peroxide) was added. Two different levels of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), 2.5% or 4.0% were used. The resulting fibres were characterized in terms of fibre length distribution, shive content, pH and pH-buffering capacity. The properties of finished fibreboards were compared with medium-density fibreboard (MDF) with density above 800 kg/m3 produced from straw and melamine modified UF resin. The modulus of rupture (MOR), modulus of elasticity (MOE) and internal bond (IB) were lower than those of conventional manufactured wheat straw fibreboards but close to the requirements of the MDF standard (EN 622-5: 2006). The water absorption properties for the H2O2 activated straw fibreboards were relatively high, but were reduced by 25% with the addition of CaCl2 into the defibrator system as a water-repelling agent. Increased levels of hydrogen peroxide improved the mechanical and physical properties of the straw fibreboard.

  • 31.
    Halvarsson, Sören
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
    Edlund, Håkan
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
    Properties of Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF) based on Wheat straw and Melamine Modified Urea Formaldehyde (UMF) Resin2008In: Industrial crops and products (Print), ISSN 0926-6690, E-ISSN 1872-633X, Vol. 28, no 1, p. 37-46Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Wheat straw was investigated as a raw material for manufacturing of medium density fibreboard (MDF) in a fully equipped pilot-plant. Commercial urea melamine formaldehyde (UMF) and a mixture of UMF-resin and urea melamine phenol formaldehyde (UMPF) adhesives were used as binders in manufacturing of high performance MDF. The study evaluated the quality of MDF produced of straw (i.e., SMDF). Different qualities of wheat straw and different resin contents (14–17%) were used. Moreover, the SMDF was produced at different thicknesses of 9 and 16 mm and densities of 750–1000 kg/m3. The properties of the resulting SMDF were evaluated by analysing mechanical and water absorption (anti-swelling) properties as a function of density. Internal bond (IB), modulus of rupture (MOR), modulus of elasticity (MOE), thickness swelling (TS), and water absorption (WABS) were the properties analysed. SMDF-panels produced with densities above 780 kg/m3 and resin contents above 14% met the requirements for wood-based MDF standard EN 622-5:1997.

  • 32.
    Halvarsson, Sören
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
    Edlund, Håkan
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
    Wheat straw as raw material for manufacture of medium density fiberboard (MDF)2010In: BioResources, ISSN 1930-2126, E-ISSN 1930-2126, Vol. 5, no 2, p. 1215-1231Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Wheat straw was used to produce medium-density fiberboard (MDF). The chemical and physical characteristics of fractionated size-reduced wheat straw were investigated. The pH, pH-buffering capacity, ash, and silicon content increased as wheat straw particle size decreased. Ash of the finest straw, <0.2 mm, had high ash (15%) and silicon (18%) contents. The outer and inner parts of size-reduced straw were analyzed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The SEM micrographs revealed a complex ultrastructure containing a notable portion of thin-walled cells approximately 1 mu m thick. Pressurized defibration of size-reduced wheat straw produced lignocellulosic fibers nearly 1.0 mm long combined with approximately 24% of small particles and dust. The high water uptake of straw-based MDF was significantly reduced using melamine-modified urea-formaldehyde (UF) resin and removing wheat straw particles and dust by screening. UF resin was added at levels of 12.5%, 13.1%, and 14%. In terms of water resistance, 12-mm-thick straw MDF displayed thickness swelling below 10%, acceptable according to the EN 622-5 MDF standards. It was concluded that manufacturing wheat straw MDF entails straw size reduction (hammer-milling), removing small particles and dust, and adding melamine-modified UF resin to attain necessary MDF quality standards.

  • 33.
    Halvarsson, Sören
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Edlund, Håkan
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Manufacturing of fiber composite Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) based on annual plant fiber and Urea Formaldehyde Resin2004In: Proceedings of ICECFOP1: 1st International Conference on Environmentally-Compatible Forest Products, EDICOES UNIV FERNANDO PESSOA , 2004, p. 131-147Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Production of fiber composite materials such as Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) and particleboard (PB) is in general based on wood as a raw material. However, cereal straws and other annual agriculture waste materials have regained an interest as a potential raw material for production of MDF. The cereal straws are among the most common lignocellulosic materials that are easily accessible, non-expensive and renewable. The aim of this investigation was to produce high performance MDF based on wheat straw and urea formaldehyde (UF) resin. The usage of UF-resin for wheat straw MDF-panels has so far resulted in acceptable strength properties but poor moisture resistance and thickness swelling (TS). Application of melamine modified UF-resin for wood based MDF has improved the moisture resistance of produced MDF panels. In this investigation two commercial melamine modified UF-resins were used as binders (adhesives) in the production of wheat straw MDF. Hammer milled wheat straw was treated with water and sulfuric acid (0.6 %) before refining. The reason was to improve the curing, conditions of the UF-resins by a reduction of the pH and the pH-buffering capacity of refined wheat straw fiber. Refining of wheat straw was performed at slightly lower pressure and retention time compared with refining of wood material. However, a lot of fines and dust (wheat straw fibers < 0.5 mm) were generated during refining. A hi-h resin content of the melamine modified UF-resin was necessary (15 %) to compensate for the high ratio of wheat straw fines and dust. Final panel properties of wheat straw MDF could meet the requirements of the MDF standard (EN 622-5:1997), including the TS. Strength properties as internal bond (IB) and modulus of rupture (MOR) were increased as a function of density. Thickness swelling was reduced as a function of density. The usage of wheat straw as a raw material in combination with a melamine modified UF-resin, as an adhesive, is a possible route for manufacturing of high performance Medium Density Fiberboard.

  • 34.
    Halvarsson, Sören
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
    Edlund, Håkan
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
    Manufacturing of Non-Resin Wheat Straw MDF/HDF2008Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Wheat straw was used as raw material in production of medium density fibreboard (MDF) and high-density fibreboard (HDF). The straw fibreboard process was performed without addition of synthetic binders. Adhesive bonding between fibers was initiated by activation of the fibre surfaces by an oxidative pre-treatment in the defibration process. Hydrogen peroxide was added into the blowline to get a fast and effective process. Adhesive bonding between the activated fibres were later formed when pressing. The fiber quality and pH and pH buffering capacity was analysed at different hydrogen peroxide loadings. The effects of mechanical and physical properties of the non-resin wheat straw MDF/HDF were evaluated. Mechanical bending properties, Modulus of Rupture (MOR), Modulus of Elasticity (MOE), and Internal Bond (IB) were generally lower than conventional wood-based MDF/HDF but close to the requirements of the MDF-standard. Modulus of Elongation (MOE) was surprisingly high and exceeded the levels in the MDF-standard. Moreover, the thickness swelling of the non-resin wheat straw MDF was high but was reduced by the addition of a hydrophobic agent (metallic ion). Increased level of hydrogen peroxide improved the panel properties and the usage of the hydrophobic agent reduced the thickness swelling.

  • 35.
    Halvarsson, Sören
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Edlund, Håkan
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Processing of Wheat Straw Materials for Production of Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) 2005In: 59th Appita Annual Conference, Aukland, New Zealand 16-19 May 2005, Brunswick East Victoria 3057, Australia: New Genaration Print & Copy , 2005, p. 623-629Conference paper (Other scientific)
    Abstract [en]

    Wheat straw waste materials were processed in a fully equipped pilot-scale MDF-process. Hammermilled wheat straw was used as a raw material in combination with a commercial melamine modified Urea Formaldehyde (UF) resin. Approximately 15 wt % of the wheat straw particles smaller than 0.7 mm was removed in a sifting operation. Medium density fiberboard was produced in the range of 790 to 860 kg/m3 average densities and at a resin content of 12.5, 13.1 and 14 wt %. The panels produced were approved according to the European Standard for MDF (EN 622-5:1997). Four different wheat straw fractions were investigated and sifted at 1.0 mm, 0.6 mm and 0.2 mm screen hole diameter, including the fine particles less than 0.2 mm. The ash content of the four wheat straw fractions varied between 7 wt % and 15 wt %. The maximum level of ash (15 wt %) was observed for the finest particle fraction based on materials less than 0.2 mm. The silicone (Si) content in corresponding ash samples of the sifted wheat straw was analysed by Energy Dispersive X-ray analysis, EDX. The silicone content increased from 18 % to 24 % at a reduced particle size. Moreover, the pH-buffering capacity of the four wheat straw fractions was reduced as the particle size of the specific fractions was increased.

  • 36. Holmgren, Anders
    et al.
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
    Zhang, Liming
    Henriksson, Gunnar
    On the role of the monolignol gamma-carbon functionality in lignin biopolymerization2009In: Phytochemistry, ISSN 0031-9422, E-ISSN 1873-3700, Vol. 70, no 1, p. 147-155Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In order to investigate the importance of the monomeric γ-carbon chemistry in lignin biopolymerization and structure, synthetic lignins (dehydrogenation polymers; DHP) were made from monomers with different degrees of oxidation at the γ-carbon, i.e., carboxylic acid, aldehyde and alcohol. All monomers formed a polymeric material through enzymatic oxidation. The polymers displayed similar sizes by size exclusion chromatography analyses, but also exhibited some physical and chemical differences. The DHP made of coniferaldehyde had poorer solubility properties than the other DHPs, and through contact angle of water measurement on spin-coated surfaces of the polymeric materials, the DHPs made of coniferaldehyde and carboxylic ferulic acid exhibited higher hydrophobicity than the coniferyl alcohol DHP. A structural characterization with 13C NMR revealed major differences between the coniferyl alcohol-based polymer and the coniferaldehyde/ferulic acid polymers, such as the predominance of aliphatic double bonds and the lack of certain benzylic structures in the latter cases. The biological role of the reduction at the γ-carbon during monolignol biosynthesis with regard to lignin polymerization is discussed.

  • 37.
    Högberg, Ida
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
    Andersson, Fredrik
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
    Hedenström, Erik
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
    Edlund, Håkan
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
    The Interaction Parameter in Binary Surfactant Mixtures of a Chelating Surfactant and a Foaming Agent.2010In: TRENDS IN COLLOID AND INTERFACE SCIENCE XXIV, Berlin: Springer, 2010, 138, p. 17-20Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The micellisation in binary mixed surfactant systems of a chelating surfactant and a foaming agent has been studied by surface tension measurements in order to calculate the interaction parameter (beta). 2-dodecyldiethylenetriamine pentaacetic acid, 4-C(12)-DTPA, is an amphoteric chelating surfactant applicable for removing disturbing metal ions from industrial processes, or for heavy metal decontamination of soil or leachate. 4-C(12)-DTPA contains multiple donor atoms and forms very stable coordination complexes with metal ions. The metal complexes can easily be recovered from water by flotation, if the foaming is enhanced by a foaming agent with strong interactions to the chelating surfactant. Two foaming agents were examined, one cationic and one anionic. As expected, strong interactions were found between the negatively charged 4-C(12)-DTPA and the cationic dodecyltrimethylammonium chloride, DTAC. The influence of metal ion chelation, as well as pH, on the interaction parameter was also investigated.

  • 38.
    Högberg, Ida
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of applied science and design.
    Zasadowski, Dariusz
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of applied science and design.
    Karlsson, Anette
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of applied science and design.
    Wikman, Bengt
    SCA Rand D Centre, Box 716, SE-851 21 Sundsvall, Sweden.
    Andersson, Fredrik
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of applied science and design.
    Hedenström, Erik
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of applied science and design.
    Edlund, Håkan
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of applied science and design.
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of applied science and design.
    Brightness development of a hydrogen peroxide bleached spruce TMP. Comparisons of pre-treatments with DTPA and a separable chelating surfactant2012In: Nordic Pulp & Paper Research Journal, ISSN 0283-2631, E-ISSN 2000-0669, Vol. 27, no 1, p. 50-55Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this investigation a new type of recoverable complexing agent (chelating surfactant) has been compared with a conventional complexing agent; diethylenetriamine pentaacetic acid (DTPA), in the metal ion sequestering of thermomechanical pulps (TMP) to be hydrogen peroxide bleached. After different degrees of washing of the pulps, bleaching experiments at different total alkali charges were performed with and without sodium silicate additions, and the ISO brightness of hand-made sheets was measured. The residual hydrogen peroxide in the bleaching liquor was also determined. No significant difference in either the brightness development or the residual hydrogen peroxide content could be detected between the pulps treated with equivalent molar ratios of the different complexing agents. Furthermore, the recovery of the chelating surfactant-manganese complexes from laboratory made white water by froth flotation was also studied. Two different foaming agents; sodium dodecyl sulphonate (SDS) and dimethyldodecylamine oxide (DDAO), were tested in the froth generation. After an addition of 160 ppm of DDAO, more than 80% of the manganese chelates could be recovered in the foam, containing 3% of the initial water mass.

  • 39.
    Högberg, Ida
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
    Zasadowski, Dariusz
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
    Karlsson, Anette
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
    Wikman, Bengt
    SCA R&D, Sundsvall, Sweden.
    Andersson, Fredrik
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
    Hedenström, Erik
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
    Edlund, Håkan
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
    Use of chelating surfactants as complexing agents for removal of manganese from mechanical pulp fibres prior to hydrogen peroxide bleaching.2011In: 16th International Symposium on Wood, Fiber and Pulping Chemistry - Proceedings, ISWFPC / [ed] Wang, L.; Kuang, S.; Hou, Q.; Cao, C.;Si, C.; Zhang, H., Tianjin: China Light Industry Press , 2011, p. 682-686Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this investigation a new type of recoverable complexing agent (chelating surfactant) has been compared with a conventional complexing agent (DTPA) in the metal ion management of thermomechanical pulps (TMP) to be hydrogen peroxide bleached. After different degrees of washing of the pulps, bleaching experiments at different total alkali charges were performed with and without sodium silicate additions, and the ISO brightness of hand-made sheets was measured. The residual hydrogen peroxide in the bleaching liquor was also determined. No significant difference in either the brightness development or the residual hydrogen peroxide content could be detected between the pulps treated with equivalent molar ratios of the different complexing agents. Furthermore, the recovery of the surfactant-manganese complexes from laboratory made white water by foam flotation was also studied. Two different foaming agents, SDS and DDAO, were tested. After an addition of 160 ppm of the latter surfactant, about 80% of the manganese chelates could be recovered in the foam, containing 3% of the initial water mass.

  • 40.
    Ibrahem, Ismail
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Iqbal, Muhammad Naeem
    Stockholm University.
    Verho, Oscar
    Stockholm University.
    Eivazihollagh, Alireza
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Olsén, Peter
    Stockholm University.
    Edlund, Håkan
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Tai, Cheuk-Wai
    Stockholm University.
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Johnston, Eric V.
    Sigrid Therapeutics, Universitetsvägen 8 (Villa Bellona), Stockholm.
    Copper Nanoparticles on Controlled Pore Glass and TEMPO for the Aerobic Oxidation of Alcohols2018In: ChemNanoMat, ISSN 2199-692X, Vol. 4, no 1, p. 71-75Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Herein, we report on the facile synthesis of a heterogeneous copper nanocatalyst and its combination with 2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-1-piperidinyloxy (TEMPO) for the aerobic oxidation of alcohols to their corresponding carbonyl compounds. This low cost copper nanocatalyst was found to exhibit excellent recyclability, making it a highly attractive catalytic system from an economical and environmental point of view. Extensive characterization of the catalyst by a number of techniques revealed that it was comprised of well-dispersed Cu(I/II) nanoparticles with an average size of around 6nm.

  • 41. Johansson, E
    et al.
    Lingström, R
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Wågberg, L
    Evaluation of Adhesion between Polyelectrolyte Multilayers using AFM. : Poster - Veeco Scandinavian User Meeting2007Conference paper (Other scientific)
  • 42. Johansson, Erik
    et al.
    Lundström, Lisa
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
    Wågberg, Lars
    Adsorption Behavior and Adhesive Properties of Biopolyelectrolyte Multilayers Formed from Cationic and Anionic Starch.2009In: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 10, no 7, p. 1768-1776Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Cationic starch (D.S. 0.065) and anionic starch (D.S. 0.037) were used to form biopolyelectrolyte multilayers. The influence of the solution concentration of NaCl on the adsorption of starch onto silicon oxide substrates and on the formation of multilayers was investigated using stagnation point adsorption reflectometry (SPAR) and quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation (QCM-D). The wet adhesive properties of the starch multilayers were examined by measuring pull-off forces with the AFM colloidal probe technique. It was shown that polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEM) can be successfully constructed from cationic starch and anionic starch at electrolyte concentrations of 1 mM NaCl and 10 mM NaCl. The water content of the PEMs was approximately 80% at both electrolyte concentrations. However, the thickness of the PEMs formed at 10 mM NaCl was approximately twice the thickness formed at I mM NaCl. The viscoelastic properties of the starch PEMs, modeled as Voigt elements, were dependent on the polyelectrolyte that was adsorbed in the outermost layer. The PEMs appeared to be more rigid when capped by anionic starch than when capped by cationic starch. The wet adhesive pull-off forces increased with layer number and were also dependent oil the polyelectrolyte adsorbed in the outermost layer. Thus, starch PEM treatment has a large potential for increasing the adhesive interaction between solid substrates to levels higher than can be reached by a single layer of cationic starch.

  • 43.
    Lidenmark, Cecilia
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
    Forsberg, Sven
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
    Edlund, Håkan
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
    Karlsson, Ola
    Changes with aging in the surface hydrophobicity of coated paper2010In: TAPPI Journal, ISSN 0734-1415, Vol. 9, no 5, p. 40-46Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Time-dependent changes in the surface properties of coated papers were studied as the evolution of surface hydrophobicity of laboratory and commercially coated papers. We measured the apparent contact angles on the papers during several weeks post-production. Hydrophobicity upon aging increased for all samples made from traditional coating colors on mechanical base stock and on base stock made from cotton linters. Accelerated aging by heat treatment intensified the increase of the apparent contact angles and accelerated the time-dependent behavior. A key mechanism in these changes may be the spreading of latex particles in a coating.

  • 44.
    Lidenmark, Cecilia
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Pettersson, Torbjörn
    KTH Royal Inst Technol, SE-10044 Stockholm, Sweden.
    Karlsson, Ola. J.
    Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
    Notley, Shannon M.
    Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.
    Edlund, Håkan
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    The adhesive behavior of extracted Latex polymers towards Silicon oxide and Cellulose2013In: International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives, ISSN 0143-7496, E-ISSN 1879-0127, Vol. 44, p. 250-258Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The objective with this work is to compare the adhesive behavior for latex polymers of different Glass transition Temperatures (Tg) at different length scales and with different contact times. This is accomplished by two techniques: AFM colloidal probe force measurements and JKR-measurements. The aim is to compare the results from these two techniques and relate them to the interaction of the latex polymers towards oxidized silicon wafers and silica/cellulose probes. Theory suggests that altering the short timeframes used in the colloidal probe technique does not affect the ranking of the adhesion for the different polymers, but for the macroscopic JKR-technique it influences the measured work of adhesion. It is therefore important to let the system reach a steady state before assuming complete spreading and adhesion. AFM and JKR measurements showed the same trends where the polymer with lowest content of styrene has the lowest Tg and the highest adhesion, due to the larger polymer chain mobility.

  • 45.
    Lindman, Björn
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering. Lunds Universitet.
    Medronho, Bruno
    University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal.
    Alves, Luís
    University of Coimbra, Portugal.
    Costa, Carolina
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Edlund, Håkan
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    The relevance of structural features of cellulose and its interactions to dissolution, regeneration, gelation and plasticization phenomena2017In: Physical Chemistry, Chemical Physics - PCCP, ISSN 1463-9076, E-ISSN 1463-9084, Vol. 19, no 35, p. 23704-23718Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Cellulose is the most abundant polymer and a very important renewable resource. Since cellulose cannot be shaped by melting, a major route for its use for novel materials, new chemical compounds and renewable energy must go via the solution state. Investigations during several decades have led to the identification of several solvents of notably different character. The mechanisms of dissolution in terms of intermolecular interactions have been discussed from early work but, even on fundamental aspects, conflicting and opposite views appear. In view of this, strategies for developing new solvent systems for various applications have remained obscure. There is for example a strong need for using forest products for higher value materials and for environmental and cost reasons to use water-based solvents. Several new water-based solvents have been developed recently but there is no consensus regarding the underlying mechanisms. Here we wish to address the most important mechanisms described in the literature and confront them with experimental observations. A broadened view is helpful for improving the current picture and thus cellulose derivatives and phenomena such as fiber dissolution, swelling, regeneration, plasticization and dispersion are considered. In addition to the matter of hydrogen bonding versus hydrophobic interactions, the role of ionization as well as some applications of new knowledge gained are highlighted.

  • 46.
    Neubauer, Björn
    et al.
    Sensible Solutions Sweden AB, Sweden.
    Sidén, Johan
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Information Technology and Media.
    Gulliksson, Mikael
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Information Technology and Media.
    Olofsson, Christopher
    Sensible Solutions Sweden AB, Sweden.
    Koptyug, Andrey
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Engineering and Sustainable Development.
    Nilsson, Hans-Erik
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Information Technology and Media.
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of applied science and design.
    A new thermally activated battery cell-based forest fire detection and monitoring system2012In: WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment, Southampton: WIT Press, 2012, p. 113-124Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Detection of forest wildfires at early stages can significantly improve the success of fire fighting and thus it contributes to the damage and cost reduction. Surface deployed sensor networks linked to global nets are often regarded as technically simple options to achieve forest fire detection and progress monitoring. Straightforward solutions with sensor nodes continuously supplying telemetric information demand heavy duty power supplies and periodic service. They are relatively expensive and commonly not environmentally friendly. We have suggested and currently develop an early warning forest fire detection system based on inexpensive, dormant fire-activated detecting sensors and a number of monitoring nodes in a network configuration. Small deploy-and-forget type sensors contain a radio transmitter with recorded identity number, together with an inactive power element. When activated by high temperature of a developing wildfire, this element produces enough power to support the transmitter, broadcasting the unique identity code until the sensor is completely burnt. Monitoring nodes of such system stand by for sensor activation and forward the alarm information along the monitoring nodes network. Implementation of anti-collision transmission protocols in the sensors allows the monitoring nodes to keep track of fire development and progress. Monitoring nodes and nodes linking the forest fire detection and monitoring net to public networks can be made using conventional technology and utilizing existing communication networks. Thus significant efforts have been directed to the design of the primary sensors, designing them to be cost efficient and minimizing their environmental impact. Cellulose-based materials are widely used in the sensor construction to decrease its environmental impact and cost. The core of the sensor power element is made of laminated and screen-printed cellulose- based substrates. The power element is activated by a small amount of water, trapped in crystal hydrate salts in storage and released by elevated temperatures of the fire. These salt-based sensors can be manufactured in a rollto- roll manner, making them cost effective. Absence of any liquids or gels in the sensor construction will guarantee a good shelf time. © 2012 WIT Press.

  • 47.
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    FSCN sommarskola 2002: Sommarskoleelever år 2002 Mitthögskolan Projektredovisningar2002Collection (editor) (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [sv]

    FSCN SOMMARSKOLA 2002Vid institutionen för Naturvetenskap och miljö vid Mitthögskolans campus i Sundsvall erbjöds denna sommar elever i årskurserna 2 och 3 på gymnasieskolans naturvetenskapliga program i Hudiksvall, Härnösand, Sundsvall, Timrå och Östersund plats vid en Sommarskola med skogsindustriella förtecken. Totalt inkom 67 ansökningar till de 16 platserna. På Sommarskolan varvades föreläsningar i bl.a. träkemi, massa- och pappersteknik med laborationer, studiebesök/exkursioner och projektarbeten under 5 sommarveckor.Förutom att vara ett nytt grepp i den långsiktiga rekryteringen av studenter till Mitthögskolans tekniska och naturvetenskapliga utbildningar, syftade projektet Sommarskolan till att stärka samarbetet med de regionala företagen. I år ställde sig Metso, M-real och SCA positiva till detta samarbete. Företagen fick ge förslag på projekt, anordna program för studiebesök samt sponsra elevlönerna. Doktorander inom Skogsindustriell fiberförädling på FSCN (Fibre Science and Communication Network) svarade för skapande och handledning av 7 av de 8 projektarbetena. Som avslutning fick eleverna till uppgift att redovisa sina projekt muntligt för företagsrepresentanter, men även skriftligt vilket nu redovisas i denna rapport.Sammanfattningsvis så har det övergripande målet för Sommarskolan varit att förmedla en bild av naturvetenskap och teknik som en användbar helhet i yrkeslivet snarare som en anhopning av abstrakta ämnen i skolan. Under Sommarskolans gång har deltagande eleverna erbjudits insikt i skogsbruket och träfiberprodukters vikt för dagens samhälle, informerats om olika typer av arbeten inom det skogsindustriella området och naturligtvis fått erfarenhet av hur det är att studera och forska vid Institutionen för naturvetenskap och miljö och FSCN.Magnus Norgrenprojektledare Sommarskolan, FSCN Mitthögskolan

  • 48.
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    FSCN sommarskola 20032003Report (Other academic)
  • 49.
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
    Fundamental physical aspects on lignin dissolution2002Report (Other academic)
  • 50.
    Norgren, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of applied science and design.
    Höga värden finns i det termomekaniska massabrukets processvatten. Men vem tar hem vinsten?2012In: Nordisk papper & massa, ISSN 1651-2995, no 2, p. 41-41Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
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