Experimental and Computational Micro-Characterization Techniques in Wood Mechanics

Research Institute


Forest & Landscape is a research center at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. The center carries out research, teaching and surveys within a broad range of disciplines within forestry and land use. The center has about 300 employees and a yearly turnover of about 170 mill kr (~ 24 mill Euro).


The biomass characterization and conversion group at Forest & Landscape is lead by Professor Claus Felby and consists presently of four senior researchers, two postdocs and five PhD students. The group has a project portfolio within biomass characterization and conversion, in particular within enzymatic saccharification of cellulose. The group is the locomotive of ‘Fuel for Life’, the strategic research initiative on sustainable bioenergy at The Faculty of Life Sciences, KU (www.fuel.life.ku.dk).

The study of enzymatic hydrolysis of biomass at high dry matter contents is central to the group, and research within this area has lead to a patented technique for biomass liquefaction. This technique is being employed by Dong Energy in their pilot scale IBUS plant, and is to be used also in their larger scale demonstration plant presently under construction.

The group collaborates with key research groups and industry within the field, both nationally and internationally, including the University of Helsinki, the University of Tennessee -South eastern Sun Grant Center and the University of Wisconsin.


The biomass characterization and conversion group presently has access to these techniques:

  • Atomic Force Microscopy
  • Low Field Time Domain Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (including gradient unit)
  • Infrared spectroscopy (with ATR and IR microscopy)
  • Near Infrared Spectroscopy
  • Fluorescence spectroscopy
  • Ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy
  • High Performance Liquid Chromatography
  • Confocal Laser Scanning Fluorescence Microscopy
  • (Environmental) Scanning Electron Microscopy

Expertise on various aspects of enzymatic degradation of plant cell walls is available.