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Environmental Impacts of Traditional and Innovative Forest-based Bioproducts

  • Andreja Kutnar
  • Subramanian Senthilkannan Muthu

About this book


This book provides a comprehensive description of traditional and innovative forest-based bioproducts, from pulp and paper, wood-based composites and wood fuels to chemicals and fiber-based composites. The descriptions of different types of forest-based bioproducts are supplemented by the environmental impacts involved in their processing, use, and end-of-life phase. Further, the possibility of reusing, recycling and upgrading bioproducts at the end of their projected life cycle is discussed. As the intensity of demand for forest biomass is currently changing, forest-based industries need to respond with innovative products, business models, marketing and management. As such, the book concludes with a chapter on the bioproducts business and these products’ role in bioeconomies.


Bio-based Building Materials Bioeconomy Biorefineries Forest Biomass Forest-based Bioproducts Thermal Compressed Wood Wood Behaviour Wood Processing Woodfuels

Editors and affiliations

  • Andreja Kutnar
    • 1
  • Subramanian Senthilkannan Muthu
    • 2
  1. 1.University of PrimorskaKoperSlovenia
  2. 2.Environmental Services Manager-AsiaSGS Hong Kong LimitedHong KongHong Kong

About the editors

Dr. Kutnar has co-authored 47 scientific papers, including 39 original scientific papers, 7 scientific review papers, and 1 short scientific communication. Her papers have been cited 134 times, excluding self-citations. In 2014 she co-authored a book “Contemporary Slovenian Timber Architecture for Sustainability” published by Springer International Publishing AG in a Series Green Energy and Technology. She has also contributed 36 papers to conference proceedings, 45 abstracts at international conferences and an additional 10 unpublished conference contributions. She co-edited the proceedings of 3 international conferences. She has also co-authored 6 scientific chapters in monographs and published 10 professional articles. Her co-authors are from the USA, Sweden, Finland, Austria, France, Switzerland, Germany, United Kingdom, and Canada, demonstrating her international involvement. Andreja Kutnar has been a keynote speaker at two international conferences including the well-recognized Wood Adhesives Conference in 2013. She has given 15 invited lectures at foreign universities (USA, Finland, Germany, Canada and Czech Republic). She coordinating H2020 Teaming project Renewable materials and healthy environments research and innovation centre of excellence (InnoRenew CoE). Furthermore, she is chair of COST Action FP1407 “Understanding wood modification through an integrated scientific and environmental impact approach (ModWoodLife). 

Dr. Subramanian Senthilkannan is currently working for SGS as Environmental Services Manager-Asia, based at Hong Kong. He gained his diploma, bachelors and masters in Textile Technology from premier institutes of India. He was awarded doctorate from The Institute of Textiles and Clothing of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University for his dissertation entitled,” Eco-functional Assessment of Grocery Shopping Bags” He also has more than seven years of industrial experience in textile manufacturing, textile testing and sustainability evaluation of various materials. He was an outstanding student throughout his studies and bagged numerous awards and medals including many gold medals in his study period. He has more than 80 academic publications in various textiles and environmental journals to his credit. Additionally he has 2 patents, 6 books of chapter and over 25 scientific books and numerous conference publications. He is acting as an editor, editorial board member and reviewer for many international peer-reviewed journals of textiles and environmental science disciplines.

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