The Marcus Wallenberg Prize Symposium

Wearing Wood – The World of Wood-based Textiles

October 11, 2022, 09.00-12.30 CEST

Welcome to the Marcus Wallenberg Prize Symposium 

The 2022 Marcus Wallenberg Prize is awarded to Professor Ilkka Kilpeläinen and Professor Herbert Sixta 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.

Very welcome!

Marcus Wallenberg,
Chairman of the Marcus Wallenberg Foundation

Event details

Date: October 11, 2022, at 09.00-12.30 CEST

The digital symposium attendance is free of charge and open for everyone.

Registration to be made by October 10, 2022.

A recording of the symposium will be distributed to registered persons after the event.

The Marcus Wallenberg Prize

The purpose of the Prize is to recognize, encourage and stimulate pathbreaking scientific achievements which contribute significantly to broadening knowledge and to technical development within the fields of importance to forestry and forest industries.
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Prof. Herbert Sixta,
Austria, co-recipient of the 2022 Marcus Wallenberg Prize, Aalto University

Prof. Ilkka Kilpeläinen,
Finland, co-recipient of the 2022 Marcus Wallenberg Prize, University of Helsinki 


Moderator: Prof. Orlando Rojas, Member of the Prize Selection Committee, Univ. of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Mr. Marcus Wallenberg,
Chairman of the Marcus Wallenberg Foundation

Ioncell and Its Possible Place in the Textile Industry Given the Particular Challenges of Climate Change

Prof. Herbert Sixta,
Austria, co-recipient of the 2022 Marcus Wallenberg Prize, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland

Viable Fibre Raw-materials and Their Impacts on Dissolution of Cellulose for Man-made Fibre Spinning

Dr. Frank Meister,
TITK, Thuringian Institute for Textile and Plastics Research, Rudolstadt, Germany

Announcement of Winner of the Young Researchers’ 3MT presentations

Prof. Joris Van Acker,
Member of the Prize Selection Committee, Ghent University, Belgium

Break 1 hour

For participants at Grand Hotel: YOUNG RESEARCHERS’ POSTER SESSION  
For participants online: Break 

H&M Group Circular Innovation Lab – Future Material Need in the Textile Industry

Mr. Martin Ekenbark, 
Lead – Circular Innovation Lab, H&M Group, Stockholm, Sweden

The New EU Textiles Strategy and Its Impact on Wood-based Textiles

Director Dirk Vantyghem,
EURATEX, Brussels, Belgium 

Technoeconomics and Scale-up

CEO Niklas von Weymarn, 
Metsä Spring Oy, Helsinki, Finland

Questions and Answers

Speakers interact with the audience

For more information

Shiva Telavari, Executive Assistant of the Marcus Wallenberg Foundation
Mail: Tel: +46 72 5725850.