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Leif Jönsson Lab

Research group 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.

The group has laboratories at the KBC Chemical-Biological Center in Umeå and at the High Coast Innovation Park in Örnsköldsvik. The laboratories are a part of the Strategic Research Environment Bio4Energy and are linked to activities in the biorefinery innovation hub including RISE Processum and MoRe Research, and to activities in the Industrial Doctoral School for Research and Innovation.

Head of research


Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Chemistry

Research area

Chemical sciences, Materials science

External funding

Swedish Energy Agency, The Kempe Foundation, Sida, Swedish Research Council

External funding

Latest update: 2022-04-13