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Guillermina Hernandez-Raquet, from INSA Toulouse/INRAE presented her research about "Unveiling the potential of termite gut microbiome for lignin bioconversion” during a seminar at Kemicentrium on September 29, 2023.

Join us at Treesearch Insight 2023, a conference on characterisation and processing of materials from the forest, which will take place at Lund University May 24-25. Contributions from our team include a lecture in Biomass Steam Pretreatment, given by Professor Ola Wallberg, and poster presentations by PhD student Matilda Johansson and postdoc Isabela Mendes Bonfim.

LU Lignin is part of the IVA-100 list for 2023 with our project on the design of cell factories for the production of nylon from pulp and paper side streams (PIs: Magnus Carlquist,Marie Gorwa Grauslund). See

Prof. Dr. Christoph Wittmann from University of Saarland, Germany, was invited to give a seminar entitled “A field of dreams: lignin valorization using metabolically engineered microbes” on April 21, 2023. 

Nina Muratovksa successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled “Biosynthesis of capsaicinoids by recombinant Saccharomyces cerevisiae” on February 28, 2023. The opponent was Prof. Paola Branduardi from University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy. 

Krithika Ravi successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled “Towards bacterial valorization of low molecular weight lignin” on November 28, 2019. The opponent was Dr. Gregg Beckham from NREL, USA 

Dr. Gregg Beckham from NREL, USA was invited to give a seminar entitled "Biological and chemical approaches to valorize lignin" on 27 November, 2019 

Daniel Brink successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled “Understanding and improving microbial cell factories through Large Scale Data-approaches” on November 7, 2019. The opponent was Dr. Kiran Patil, EMBL, Germany. 

Kena Li presented her midterm seminar entitled Base-catalyzed depolymerization of Kraft lignin for low-molecular-mass compound production on June 20, 2019. The assigned reviewers were Prof. Anker Degn Jensen, DTU; Prof. Ola Wallberg, Lund University.

Mingzhe Sun successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled “Supercritical fluid chromatography and two-dimensional liquid chromatography. From new applications to technical innovations” on April 26, 2019. The opponent was Prof. Peter Schoenmakers, University of Amsterdam (NL). 

Price for best doctoral presentation at Ekmandagarna 2019

Krithika Ravi together with the President of RISE - Birgitta Sundblad (to the right). Photo: Camilla Herrera, SPCI

Congratulations to Krithika Ravi who participated in the Gunnar Sundblad session for young researchers on Ekmandagarna 2019 held in Stockholm. She won the competition and was awarded as the “bästa doktorandpresentation vid Ekmandagarna 2019”. The prize is a travel scholarship of SEK 50 000! The competition was organized in a pecha-kucha format, where the participants have to present their research using 20 slides in 20 seconds each slide. Krithika had 10 other competitors from LTH, KTH, Chalmers, Umeå, Karlstad, Linköping, Mittuniversitetet and Stockholm University.


Marie Gorwa Grauslund presented LU latest research on lignin valorization at SPCIs Ekmandagar that was held January 29-30, 2019 in Stockholm. Link to the event:

Lignin project at the Innovation Summit on Wood-Based Materials

Marie Gorwa Grauslund and Christian Hulteberg each presented LU research results on lignin valorization at the Innovation Summit on Wood-Based Materials in Malmö on November 6, 2018. Link to the event:

Better catalysts for making biofuel.

Read more about Sara Blomberg's project “In situ activation study of NiMo catalyst tailored for biofuel production” Here.

 Tall i tanken – hållbarare bilkörning med grön bensin (Sustainable driving with "green" gasoline)

Christian Hulteberg has managed to convert a by-product from pulp manufacturing to a liquid that is chemically identical to gasoline. Read more Here.

Project presentation "Enzymatic Depolymerization of Lignin" from Manfred Klug.

Time: 18 December, 11:00. Place: Chemical Engineering conference room (House I, floor -1 at Kemicentrum)

Prof. Alena Kubatova from University of North Dakota will give a research presentation entitled “Lignomics: structure and MW-based lignin characterization using thermal carbon analysis, TD-pyr-GC-MS, SEC, ESI-MS”

Time: 13 December, 13:15. Place: Lecture hall F at Kemicentrum

Fabian Mittermeier will present his Erasmus work entitled "Bacterial conversion of alkaline-depolymerized lignin". 

Most welcome! 

4 september kl 10:15 - 11:00      Lokal: Seminarierummet vån -1, hus I

Several lignin team members participate and presented their work at the Gordon Research Conference "Towards Viable Solutions for Lignin Valorization"

August 5 - 10, 2018 , Easton, MA, USA. Link to the event:

New post-doc joins the lignin project

We are happy to welcome Dr Henrik Almqvist to our lignin team! Henrik has recently finished his PhD, where he was studying microbial conversion for production of carboxylic acids. He will be working at the Department of Chemical Engineering

Midterm seminar, 2018-03-02, Lecture Hall KC:F, 13:00 PM.

Jens Prothmann will present his midterm seminar entitled Analysis of technical lignins using high resolution mass spectrometry. The assigned reviewer is Prof. Jan Christensen, Copenhagen University.

Midterm seminar, 2018-01-19, Lecture Hall KC:F, 11:00 AM.

Omar Abdelaziz will present his midterm seminar entitled Depolymerisation and conversion of technical lignin into fuels and chemicals. The assigned reviewers are Prof. Lennart Vamling, Chalmers University of Technology and Prof. Ola Wallberg, Lund University.

Pictures taken at the Lignin summer course 16-18 Aug 2017

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Registration for the Lignin summer course is now open! 2017-05-23

"Biological valorisation of lignin, setting the scene", 3 hp, 16-18 August 2017
Course description with a schedule is found here.
Registration link.

Free eLignin Database launched, 2017-03-14

A beta-version of the free eLignin Biological Database has been launched!
A unique database on microbial lignin catabolism:

The SSF-funded Lignin research project has started, 2015-07-01

Press-release in LTH Nytt (in Swedish): Link



3rd Lund Symposium on Lignocellulose Valorisation – Agricultural biomass in the bioeconomy

9-10 November 2017
More information on LUBIRC's homepage: Link

Midterm seminar by Krithika Ravi 6th of October at 15:15-16:00 in lecture hall KC:P
Title: Biological conversion of lignin model compounds by bacterial species
Reviewers: Magnus Carlquist, Applied Microbiology and Krisztina Kovacs, Chemical Engineering

Lignin summer course in Lund, 16-18 Aug 2017
"Biological valorisation of lignin, setting the scene", 3 credits
Course program with schedule is found here.
Registration link.
Contact: Javier García-Hidalgo

Diploma thesis presentations, 2017-06-07
Chemical Engineering Library, KC -1, at 10
De-polymerization and purification of lignin using a combined SLRP/ALPHA method for production of lignin oil in the SunCarbon process, by Martin Sundin
Hydrogen assisted lignin depolymerization with pulp mill catalysts, by Linnea Kollberg

Diploma thesis presentations, 2017-05-29Chemical Engineering Library, KC -1, at 10.30Cultivation of different bacterial spp. on lignin, by Matthias Nöbel

Mingzhe Sun will give a PhD half-time seminar, 2017-03-14
Lund University, Kemicentrum, Lecture hall KC:F, 10:00
Examiner: Prof. Torgny Fornstedt, Karlstad University
Title of thesis: Development of chromatography methods for the analysis of depolymerised lignin samples

2nd Lund Symposium on Lignin and Hemicellulose Valorisation
4 November 2015
Palaestra, Lund, Sweden
More information on LU Biofuels homepage: Link
Downloadable program: pdf file

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