A position as full professor on the macrostructure of wood materials is open at the Department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology. The position has a connection to Treesearch, a national platform for new materials and speciality chemicals from the forest.
Forests provide sustainable resources with their importance expected to increase in the circular bioeconomy of society. Currently, ca. 80 million tons of tree-based raw material are used by the Swedish forest industries. Trees provide raw materials for forest industries like sawmills and pulp- and paper industries and will represent a base for new biochemical industries of the future. A major challenge is however to connect properties of raw materials to the desired properties of final products particularly the influence of growth factors on trees. A further challenge concerns the variability in properties of wood raw material and possibilities for its separation to attain homogeneous properties of relevance for final products and to develop methods to detect and quantify such properties.
The Department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology (SBT) forms part of the Faculty of Forest Sciences at SLU, and has about 50 employees in Umeå and Uppsala. The department carries out high quality research and education on a high international level and collaborates with society and industry to develop a bio-based economy where forest biomaterials are an important resource. The Department is responsible for a large part of the Faculty’s undergraduate and graduate education.
The research area concerns the influence of growth factors on trees for properties of wood raw material and its connection to the desired properties of final products. The definition of the term “macrostructure of wood material” refers not only to stem wood and other parts of the tree, but also to processed material (e.g. sawn timber, chips, sawdust). Research related to the variability in wood properties is central as well as the sorting methodology to achieve more homogenous materials. The research area also includes methods to detect and quantify such properties.