ACel – Advanced Cellulose to Novel Products
The ACel program, addresses the opportunity which is created by the fact that both the use of materials and the request of sustainable renewable raw materials is growing globally. In Finland, the world leading competence in cellulose production and conversion enables the further development of wood–based cellulose materials to novel application markets. The program is expected to have a major impact on the renewal of the forest cluster and generation of new Finnish networks in textile and composite value chains.
ACel program aims to promote wood cellulose fibre-based material opportunities in three product areas: textile fibres, thermoformable composites and cationic chemicals. Innovative methods to activate and modify and process cellulose with and without dissolution to target materials and chemicals with desired properties will be developed.
The program also aims at creating a new concept for doing material testing together with converting and end user companies. The target is to facilitate the implementation of the research results during the course of the program.
ACel program consists of four work packages (WPs):
- WP1 focuses on development of advanced scientific methods for analysing fibre cellulose reactivity.
- WP2 aims at advances in new ionic liquid based process to produce high quality textile fibres from wood cellulose.
- WP3 focuses on generating new strategies to efficiently produce thermoformable and thermoplastic composite materials for packaging, automotive, furniture and construction applications. Considerations of the cellulose reactivity will be combined with chemical, biotechnical and mechanical approaches for cellulose modification. Furthermore, efficient synthesis routes for cationic cellulose chemicals in novel solvents will be studied in this WP.
- WP4 aims at creating a Finnish application research network in cellulose materials. In practice, end user companies are invited to test the cellulose materials generated in the program. Furthermore, a discussion platform for future wood cellulose-based textile and clothing R&D will be aimed at.
Aalto University, ANDRITZ Oy, FIBIC Ltd., Kemira Ltd., Marimekko Corporation, MetsäBoard Oyj, Metsä Fibre Oy, Nanso Group Oy, Roal Oy, Stora Enso Ltd., University of Helsinki, University of Lappeenranta, University of Oulu, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Åbo Akademi University