Talk title: Refinement of ionic liquids for cellulose dissolution and regeneration applications
Alistair King is a Docent at the Laboratory of Organic Chemistry, University of Helsinki. He earned his B.Sc. Hons and Ph.D. from The Queen’s University of Belfast. Since then he has spent several years working in custom synthesis, drug development and cellulose, and wood, chemistry.
His current interests are in the design and application of novel solvents for biomass processing and analytics. Recently Alistair and his collaborators at the University of Helsinki and nearby Aalto University were awarded the ‘Hennes & Mauritz Global Change Award’, presented to them by Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden. This was awarded for the joint development of the IONCELL-F process, a lyocell-type fibre-spinning process using ionic liquids as direct dissolution solvents for cellulose.