Premiere of the Fibre and Beyond documentary

Updated: Mar 17


On March 10, FinnCERES hosted the premiere of the Fiber and Beyond documentary with over 500 online spectators. The documentary explored a wide range of materials and products that can be sustainably sourced and engineered from the forest. In addition, the launch of the Boreal Alliance between the BioProducts Institute and FinnCERES was celebrated.


The film is directed by Nina Pulkkis, and is narrated by Professor Howy Jacobs from Tampere University. To get an access to video, please subscribe to our newsletter at the bottom of the page.

Please find below publications and materials linked to the documentary:


Embracing water interactions

  • Bottom-up Construction of Xylan Nanocrystals in Dimethyl Sulfoxide, Zhuojun Meng, Daisuke Sawada, Christiane Laine, Yu Ogawa, Tommi Virtanen, Yoshiharu Nishiyama, Tekla Tammelin, Eero Kontturi, Biomacromolecules, 2021, 22, 2, 898–906

  • Combining scattering analysis and atomistic simulation of wood-water interactions, Paavo A. Penttilä, Antti Paajanen, Jukka A. Ketoja, Carbohydrate Polymers, 2021, 251, 117064

  • Bundling of cellulose microfibrils in native and polyethylene glycol-containing wood cell walls revealed by small-angle neutron scattering, Paavo A. Penttilä, Michael Altgen, Muhammad Awais, Monika Österberg, Lauri Rautkari, Ralf Schweins, Scientific Reports, 2020, 10, 20844

  • FuturoLEAF - Leaf-inspired nanocellulose frameworks for next generation photosynthetic cell-factories

  • Microplastics research showcased in the FinnCERES YouTube Channel and the Guardian

Wood-derived approaches and innovations to fighting pathogens

  • Cascade processing of softwood bark with hot water extraction, pyrolysis and anaerobic digestion, Saija Rasi, Petri Kilpeläinen, Kimmo Rasa, Risto Korpinen, Jan-Erik Raitanen, Markku Vainio, Veikko Kittunen, Henni Pulkkinen, Tuula Jyske, Bioresource Technology, 2019, 292, 121893

  • NordShield®, video material

  • Photoantimicrobial biohybrids by supramolecular immobilization of cationic phthalocyanines onto cellulose nanocrystals, Eduardo Anaya‐Plaza, Eveline van de Winckel, Joona Mikkilä, Jani‐Markus Malho, Olli Ikkala, Oscar Gulías, Roger Bresolí‐Obach, Montserrat Agut, Santi Nonell, Tomás Torres, Mauri A. Kostiainen, Andrés de la Escosura, Chemistry - A European Journal, 2017, 23, 18, 4320-4326

Solutions for the biomedical field

  • Biodesign Finland, Innovating Technologies in Interdisciplinary Teams

  • Optical cellulose fiber made from regenerated cellulose and cellulose acetate for water sensor applications, Hannes Orelma, Ari Hokkanen, Ilona Leppänen, Kari Kammiovirta, Markku Kapulainen, Ali Harlin, Cellulose, 2020, 27, 1543–1553 .

  • Luminescent gold nanocluster‐methylcellulose composite optical fibers with low attenuation coefficient and high photostability, Ville Hynninen, Sourov Chandra, Susobhan Das, Mohammad Amini, Yunyun Dai, Sakari Lepikko, Pezhman Mohammadi, Sami Hietala, Robin H. A. Ras, Zhipei Sun, Olli Ikkala, Nonappa, Small, 2021, Early view

Future biorefineries: Advanced (nano)materials and the wonders of biocatalysts

  • Nordic Bioproducts Group, AaltoCell

  • SynBio - Synthetic Biology Ecosystem

  • Effect of oxidation on cellulose and water structure: a molecular dynamics simulation study, Sathish Kumar Mudedla, Maisa Vuorte, Elias Veijola, Kaisa Marjamaa, Anu Koivula, Markus B. Linder, Suvi Arola, Maria Sammalkorpi, Cellulose, 2021

  • Soft Materials Modelling Group

  • The liquid fraction from hydrothermal pretreatment of wheat straw provides lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases with both electrons and H2O2 co-substrate, Riin Kont, Ville Pihlajaniemi, Anna S. Borisova, Nina Aro, Kaisa Marjamaa, Judith Loogen, Jochen Büchs, Vincent G. H. Eijsink, Kristiina Kruus, Priit Väljamäe, Biotechnology for Biofuels, 2019, 12, 235

  • FunEnzFibres - From fundamentals to valorization: Enzymatic oxidation of cellulosic fibres and underlying mechanisms

  • Production of high solid nanocellulose by enzyme-aided fibrillation coupled with mild mechanical treatment, Jaakko Pere, Tekla Tammelin, Piritta Niemi, Martina Lille, Tommi Virtanen, Paavo A. Penttilä, Patrik Ahvenainen, and Stina Grönqvist, ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 51, 18853–18863

  • A simple process for lignin nanoparticle preparation, Miikka Lievonen, Juan José Valle-Delgado, Maija-Liisa Mattinen, Eva-Lena Hult, Kalle Lintinen, Mauri A. Kostiainen, Arja Paananen, Géza R. Szilvay, Harri Setälä, Monika Österberg, Green Chemistry, 2016,18, 1416-1422

  • Spherical lignin particles: a review on their sustainability and applications, Monika Österberg, Mika H. Sipponen, Bruno D. Mattos, Orlando J. Rojas, Green Chemistry, 2020, 22, 2712-2733

  • Well-defined lignin model films from colloidal lignin particles, Muhammad Farooq, Zou Tao, Juan José Valle-Delgado, Mika H. Sipponen, Maria Morits, Monika Österberg, Langmuir 2020, 36, 51, 15592–15602

  • Agglomeration of viruses by cationic lignin particles for large-scale water purification, Guillaume N. Rivière, Antti Korpi, Mika H. Sipponen, Tao Zou, Mauri A. Kostiainen, Monika Österberg, ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, 2020, 8, 10, 4167–4177

  • Lignin-fatty acid hybrid nanocapsules for scalable thermal energy storage in phase-change materials, Mikka H. Sipponen, Alexander Henn, Paavo Penttilä, Monika Österberg, Chemical Engineering Journal, 2020, 393, 124711

  • Techno-economic assessment for the large-scale production of colloidal lignin particles, Rahul Prasad Bangalore Ashok, Pekka Oinas, Kalle Lintinen, Golam Sarwar, Mauri A. Kostiainen, Monika Österberg, Green Chemistry, 2018 ,20, 4911-4919

Future sustainable textiles

  • Metsä Spring

  • MI demo in Äänekoski - joint venture of Metsä Spring and ITOCHU Corporation

  • IONCELL®

  • Superbase-based protic ionic liquids for cellulose filament spinning, Sherif Elsayed, Michael Hummel, Daisuke Sawada, Chamseddine Guizani, Marja Rissanen, Herbert Sixta, Cellulose, 2021, 28, 533–547

  • New insights into the air gap conditioning effects during the dry-jet wet spinning of an ionic liquid-cellulose solution, Chamseddine Guizani, Kaarlo Nieminen, Marja Rissanen, Sauli Larkiala, Michael Hummel, Herbert Sixta, Cellulose, 2020, 27, 4931–4948

  • Air gap spinning of a cellulose solution in [DBNH][OAc] ionic liquid with a novel vertically arranged spinning bath to simulate a closed loop operation in the Ioncell® process, Chamseddine Guizani, Sauli Larkiala, Kaniz Moriam, Daisuke Sawada, Sherif Elsayed, Sami Rantasalo, Michael Hummel, Herbert Sixta, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 2021, 138, 5, 49787

  • Recycling of superbase-based ionic liquid solvents for the production of textile-grade regenerated cellulose fibers in the Lyocell process, Sherif Elsayed, Jussi Helminen, Sanna Hellsten, Chamseddine Guizani, Joanna Witos, Marja Rissanen, Antti H. Rantamäki, Paulus Hyväri, Pauliina Varis, Susanne K. Wiedmer, Ilkka Kilpeläinen, Herbert Sixta, ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, 2020, 8, 49, 18345

  • Cellulose-lignin composite fibres as precursors for carbon fibres. Part 1 – Manufacturing and properties of precursor fibres, Mikaela Trogen, Nguyen-Duc Le, Daisuke Sawada, Chamseddine Guizani, Tainise Vergara Lourençon, Leena Pitkänen, Herbert Sixta, Riddhi Shah, Hugh O'Neill, Mikhail Balakshin, Nolene Byrne, Michael Hummel, Carbohydrate Polymers, 2021, 252, 117133

  • Cellulose-lignin composite fibres as precursors for carbon fibres. Part 2 - The impact of precursor properties on carbon fibres, Nguyen-Duc Le, Mikaela Trogen, Yibo Ma, Russell J. Varley, Michael Hummel, Nolene Byrne, Carbohydrate Polymers, 2020, 250, 116918

  • Understanding the influence of key parameters on the stabilisation of cellulose-lignin composite fibres, Nguyen-Doc Le, Mikaela Trogen, Yibo Ma, Russell J. Varley, Michael Hummel, Nolene Byrne, Cellulose 2021, 28, 911-919

  • Effect of boric acid on the stabilisation of cellulose-lignin filaments as precursors for carbon fibres, Nguyen-Doc Le, Mikaela Trogen, Russell J. Varley, Michael Hummel, Nolene Byrne, Cellulose. 2021, 28, 729-739

  • Close packing of cellulose and chitosan in regenerated cellulose fibers improves carbon yield and structural properties of respective carbon fibers, Hilda Zahra, Daisuke Sawada, Chamseddine Guizani, Yibo Ma, Shogo Kumagai, Toshiaki Yoshioka, Herbert Sixta, Michael Hummel, Biomacromolecules, 2020, 21, 10, 4326–4335

  • Fungal treatment modifies kraft lignin for lignin- and cellulose-based carbon fiber precursors, Joona Mikkilä, Mikaela Trogen, Klaus A. Y. Koivu, Jussi Kontro, Jaana Kuuskeri, Riku Maltari, Zane Dekere, Marianna Kemell, Mia R. Mäkelä, Paula A. Nousiainen, Michael Hummel, Jussi Sipilä, Kristiina Hildén, ACS Omega 2020, 5, 6130-6140

  • Infinited Fiber

  • GRETE - Green chemicals and technologies for the wood-to-textile value chain

  • Enzymatic treatment of softwood kraft pulp at high and low consistency, Elisa Spönla, MSc thesis, University of Helsinki, 2020

  • High consistency mechano-enzymatic pretreatment for kraft fibres: effect of treatment consistency on fibre properties, Jenni Rahikainen, Outi Mattila, Thaddeus Maloney, Ville Lovikka, Kristiina Kruus, Anna Suurnäkki, Stina Grönqvist, Cellulose, 27, 5311–5322

  • Sustainable continuous process for cellulosic regenerated fibers, Marianna Vehviläinen, Marjo Määttänen, Stina Grönqvist, Ali Harlin, Manuel Steiner, Roland Kunkel, Chemical Fibers International, 2020, 70, 4, 128-130

  • SPINNOVA®




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