Researchers at Aalto University and the University of Helsinki are working out spinning process to produce cellulosic textile fibres from Finnish wood – as an next better alternative to cotton, viscose or Tencel fibres.

The technique, called Ioncell-F, is quite similar to the Lyocell process, where wood chips are chemically digested into a wet pulp, dried and spun. Wood pulp is dissolved without derivatisation in a direct solvent, in this instance ionic liquid. The resulting cellulose soluti...


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