2022 – Ilkka Kilpeläinen, Finland, and Herbert Sixta, Austria

For the development and use of novel ionic liquids to process wood biomass into high-performance textile fibres.

The collaboration of the research teams led by Professor Kilpeläinen and Professor Sixta has resulted in the development of high-performance textile fibres based on different qualities of wood pulp. The innovation builds on the design and synthesis of novel superbase ionic liquids that enable efficient dissolution of wood pulp in high concentrations and at a viscosity suitable as spinning solution (dope). This spinning dope can then be spun into high quality regenerated cellulose fibres for the textile industry.

Press release of 7 April 2022.