The research covers biorefining of lignocellulosic feedstocks, forest-industrial processes, industrial biotechnology, and enzymes involved in degradation of wood and other forms of lignocellulosic biomass.
The research addresses fundamental and applied aspects of conversion of wood and other cellulosic materials. Fundamental aspects include the chemistry, enzymology and microbiology of conversion of lignocellulose, particularly wood. Applied aspects include both novel biorefinery processes and products as well as how conventional forest-industrial processes can be made more resource efficient. The applied research also includes novel materials, such as bacterial nanocellulose and lignin-based coatings.