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KTH researcher rewarded for new type of cellulose pulp

Yuanyuan Li receives the Gunnar Sundblad Research Foundation Competence Development Award from Carl XVI Gustaf. Photo: Carl Moser, Swedish Forest Industries

Yuanyuan Li, an Assistant Professor at KTH, has been awarded the Competence Development Award from the Gunnar Sundblad Research Foundation for her research on a new type of cellulose pulp called Aero-Pulp. The award includes a prize of SEK 700,000 and recognizes the potential impact of Li's research on the bio-economy. Aero-Pulp combines ordinary pulp fibers with nanocellulose, resulting in enhanced properties such as strong water absorption and good insulating ability. The new pulp can be used in various applications including hygiene products, transparent films, thermal and sound-insulating products, and filters. This recognition and support will enable Li to further her research, create industry connections, and contribute to the development of the pulp and paper industry in Sweden.

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