Background and activities


Research motivation

Utilization of renewable raw materials for the production of materials, chemicals and energy for a sustainable future

Research topics

  • Physical chemistry of plant polysaccharides
  • Wood chemistry with emphasis on polysaccharide chemistry
  • Pretreatment and hydrolysis of lignocellulosics for second generation biofuels and biorefineries


Approximately 25 publications in international refereed scientific journals and books (H-index: 14). Approximately 50 presentations at international scientific conferences.

Education/work experience

  • MSc, NTH Department of Biotechnology 1988
  • PhD, NTH Department of Biotechnology 1993
  • Research Scientist, NTH Department of Biotechnology 1993-1995
  • Assistant Professor, NTH Department of Chemical Engineering 1995-1996
  • Post doc, Institute of Paper Science and Technology (Atlanta GA, USA) 1996-1997
  • Associate Professor, NTNU Department of Chemical Engineering since 1998
  • Sabbatical at Norske Skog Skogn 2000-2001


Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications