Research

Ioncell is first and foremost a research project. Our researchers from Aalto University and the University of Helsinki have been developing the Ioncell technology for nearly ten years. We are always open for new research proposals and collaborations so don't hesitate to tell us about your idea!

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Process

The Ioncell process utilizes a solvent called ionic liquid to dissolve cellulose. In the dissolved state, cellulose can be transformed into beautiful, strong fibers using the dry-jet wet spinning technology. The only chemicals applied are the non-toxic ionic liquid and water. They are both re-circulated in the process in a closed loop.

Fibers

Ioncell fibers feel soft and are strong even when wet. The fiber properties of Ioncell are equal or better than viscose and Tencel® fibers. Because of their high tenacity, Ioncell fibers are optimal in technical applications such as composites.

Ioncell fiber properties

  • Moisture absorbing
  • Biodegradable
  • Bright lustre
  • Can be dyed like cotton and viscose

Ioncell in numbers

31

peer-reviewed
research articles

270

number of citations
(approxi­mately)

15+

Ioncell-made
demo products

8+2

on-going +
finished PhD theses

Interested in making these numbers bigger?
Get in touch!

Professor Herbert Sixta
Lead researcher
Aalto University
herbert.sixta@aalto.fi
+358 50 384 1764

Projects within Ioncell

Ioncell

Recycling

Ioncell technology

Technology

Ioncell

Products

Publications

  • Ma, Y., Hummel, M.; Kontro, I.; Sixta, H. (2017): High performance man-made cellulosic fibres from recycled newsprints. Green Chem. 20, 160–169. Read the publication
  • Asaadi, S.; Hummel, M.; Hellsten, S.; Härkäsalmi, T.; Ma, Y.; Michud, A.; Sixta, H. (2016): Renewable High-Performance Fibers from the Chemical Recycling of Cotton Waste Utilizing an Ionic Liquid. ChemSusChem 9(22): 3250–3258. Read the publication
  • Michud, A.; Tanttu, M.; Asaadi, S.; Ma, Y.; Netti, E.; Kääriäinen, P.; Persson, A.; Berntsson, A.; Hummel, M.; Sixta, H. (2016): Ioncell-F: ionic liquid-based cellulosic textile fibers as an alternative to viscose and Lyocell. Textile Research Journal 86 (5): 543-552. Read the publication

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Contact Us

Business inquiries

Jari Laine
Aalto University
jari.laine@aalto.fi
+358 50 5677 226

Research proposals

Professor Herbert Sixta
Lead researcher
Aalto University
herbert.sixta@aalto.fi
+358 50 384 1764