Biochemical conversion of bark
Research Project , 2019 – 2023

Bark is a renewable resource produced in enormous amounts, but it is currently regarded as a waste product without value. The bark contains multiple interesting components that could be of interest in energy-related applications, and using biochemical extraction, separation and selective degradation of these, harmful solvents and energy-intensive processes could be avoided. To efficiently utilize the structural complexity of the bark, a greater fundamental understanding of the enzymes involved in the biological degradation process is however required. In this project we follow the biological decomposition of bark and analyze the enzymatic processes in order to identify promising biochemical strategies to valorize bark in future industrial processes.


Johan Larsbrink (contact)

Associate Professor at Chalmers, Biology and Biological Engineering, Industrial Biotechnology

Merima Hasani

Associate Professor at Chalmers, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chemical Technology, Forest Products and Chemical Engineering

Amanda Sörensen Ristinmaa

at Chalmers, Biology and Biological Engineering, Industrial Biotechnology


Norwegian University of Life Sciences

Ås, Norway


Swedish Energy Agency

Project ID: 46559-1
Funding Chalmers participation during 2019–2023

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