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Vattenfall's Prize for best doctoral dissertation 2020

Published: 6 November 2020

Linn Berglund, Associate Senior Lecturer in Wood and Bionanocomposites at Luleå University of Technology, has been awarded the 2020 Prize for the best Doctoral dissertation at Luleå University of Technology by Vattenfall.

−  I feel pleasantly surprised and deeply honored! It means a lot to get this appreciation for one´s research. I am also very grateful for my wonderful supervisor during my doctoral studies; Kristiina Oksman, Linn Berglund, says.

Unusually high scientific quality impresses
− Linn Berglund's research is at the absolute forefront and the results of her work will in the future help and in many ways also change lives for the better for people all over the world. We are very happy and proud to award Vattenfall's prize for best doctoral dissertation at Luleå University of Technology to Linn, Christer Ljunggren, CEO of Vattenfall Vattenkraft, states.

The motivation states:
Linn Berglund's work shows an unusually high scientific quality, she has published her research results in leading scientific journals and at international conferences. Linn Berglund has shown in her work that cellulose nanofibers can be separated in an environmentally friendly and energy-efficient way from industrial residues, for example from the production of carrot juice, rice straw and brown algae. She has also developed a method for determining the quality of the nanofibers during the separation process. Her research has led to the development of a new bio-based ink, which can be 3D-printed into hydrogels that has potential, for example, to be used as spare parts for the body or other products in biomedicine.

Linn Berglund's research results have also opened up new areas in research on bionanomaterials, this has resulted in a new research project in biomedicine where hydrogels of nanocellulose are developed to heal non-healing wounds. The project is carried out together with companies and biomedical experts.

Thesis title: From bio-based residues to nanofibers using mechanical fibrillation for functional biomaterials

Linn Berglund

Linn Berglund, Associate Senior Lecturer

Phone: +46 (0)920 493381
Organisation: Wood and Bionanocomposites, Materials Science, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics