Novel carbohydrate modifying enzymes for fibre modification
Acronym: ELMO

Project coordinator
- Mr. Matti Siika-aho - VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo - Finland

Project leaders

- Dr. Kim Langfelder - AB Enzymes GmbH, Darmstadt - Germany
- Dr. Terhi Puranen - Roal Oy, Rajamäki - Finland
- Prof. Jaroslaw Janicki - University of Bielsko-Biala - Poland
- Dr. Dariusz Wawro - Institute of Biopolymers and Chemical Fibres, Lodz - Poland

The overall objective of the ELMO project is to provide new enzyme products for the needs of the pulp and paper industry, especially for modification of dissolving grade pulps. As a result of the project, more efficient enzyme products for pulp modification will be made available for industrial production. The developed pulp treatments with the novel enzymes enable activation of pulp cellulose, thus enhancing pulp dissolution, decreasing hemicellulose content of dissolving pulps and improving pulp refining processes.

Scientifically, the action of enzymes on cellulosic substrates will be characterized and their effects on fibres studied using advanced analytical tools. The obtained understanding makes it possible to further develop novel and more targeted enzyme tools. The enzymes developed in the project can also find applications in other industries dealing with cellulosic raw materials, such as textile, biorefinery and biofuel industry as well as food and feed processing.