Dr.sc.ing Ramūnas Tupčiauskas

Education

Doctor degree is defended on 24th of May in 2013 at Latvia University of Agriculture, Forest Faculty. Title of thesis:  “Self-binding boards of steam-exploded wood particles”. Doctor degree obtained in Material Science sector in Wood Materials and Technologies sub-sector.

Research Interests and Expertise

Research and development (processing, manufacturing, testing and evaluation) of biocomposites, including self-binding/binderless fibre-/particleboards and bonded with natural adhesives (lignin, suberin).

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Significant Projects

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) project "Processing of birch bark into ecological fiber bio-composites and value added products" No. 1.1.1.1/16/A/042.

EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme project ”European Research Infrastructure for Circular Forest Bioeconomy (ERIFORE)”, agreement No. 654371, 2016 – 2017.

National Research Programme „Biomaterials and products from forest resources with versatile applicability” (ResProd) 2014 – 2017.​

European Social Fund project No. 2013/0044/1DP/1.1.1.2/13/APIA/VIAA/022 „Innovative complex technology of fiber residue processing in products with high added value” (2013 - 2015).

FP7 Wood Wisdom Prolignin project “High-value products from lignin side streams of modern biorefineries” (2012 - 2014).

National Research Program “Sustainable Use of Local Resources (Entrails of the Earth, Forest, Food and Transport) – New Products and Technologies” (NatRes). Investigated prospects for advancement of self-binding composite boards of steam exploded wood biomass (2010-2013).

Significant Publications

  1. Paze, A., Rizhikovs, J., Brazdausks, P., Puke, M., Grinins, J., Tupciauskas, R., Plavniece, A. 2017 Processing Possibilities of Birch Outer Bark into Green Bio-composites. Proceedings of the 11th International Scientific and Practical Conference “Environment. Technology. Resources”, Rezekne, Latvija. VoI III: 249 – 253.
  2. Reinerte, S., Andzs, M., Tupciauskas, R., Veveris, A., Gravitis, J. 2017 Steam explosion as a pre-treatment method for bio-refined hybrid aspen lignocellulose. Proceedings of the 11th International Scientific and Practical Conference “Environment. Technology. Resources”, Rezekne, Latvija. VoI. III: 276 – 281.
  3. Tupciauskas, R., Gravitis, J., Abolins, J., Veveris, A., Andzs, M., Liitia, T., Tamminen, T. 2017 Utilization of lignin powder for manufacturing self-binding HDF. Holzforschung, 71(7-8), 555-562.
  4. Andzs, M., Tupciauskas, R.,Veveris, A., Andze, L., Abolins, J., and Gravitis, J. 2017 Biomass conversion into blow-in heat insulation materials by steam explosion. Holzforschung, 71(7-8), 641-644.
  5. Tupciauskas, R., Irbe, I., Janberga, A., Buksans, E. 2017. Moisture and decay resistance and reaction to fire properties of self-binding fibreboard made from steam-exploded grey alder wood. Wood Material Science and Engineering, 12 (2), 63-71.
  6. Stapulionienė, R., Tupčiauskas, R. Vaitkus, S., Vėjelis, S. 2016 Development and investigation of thermal insulation from hemp-polylactide fibres. Engineering Structures and Technologies, 8 (1), 23 – 30.
  7. Brazdausks P., Paze A., Rizhikovs J., Puke M., Meile K., Vedernikovs N., Tupciauskas R., Andzs M. 2016 Effect of aluminium sulphate-catalysed hydrolysis process on furfural yield and cellulose degradation of Cannabis sativa L. Shives. Biomass and Bioenergy, 89, 98 – 104.
  8. Andzs, M., Tupciauskas, R., Veveris, A., Gravitis, J. 2015. Impact of wood fraction, moisture and steam explosion on the development of an innovative insulation material. In: Proceedings of the 10th International Scientific and Practical Conference “Environment. Technology. Resources”, Rezekne, Latvija I: 11 – 15.

  9. Brazdausks, P., Tupciauskas, R., Andzs, M., Rizhikovs, J, Puke, M., Paze, A., Meile, K., Vedernikovs, N. 2015. Preliminary Study of the Biorefinery Concept to Obtain Furfural and Binder-less Panels from Hemp (Cannabis Sativa L.) Shives. Energy Procedia 72, 34 – 41.
  10. Gravitis J., Ozols-Kalnins V., Kokorevics A., Abolins J., Kukle S., Putnina A., Andzs M., Tupciauskas R., Veveris A. 2015. Zero Emissions and Bio-refineries for Natural Fibers, Biomaterials and Energy: Genesis of Concepts. Review. In: W.L. Filho, D. Bērziņa, A. Ūbelis (eds.) Sustainable Development, Knowledge Society and Smart Future Manufacturing Technologies, World Sustainability Series, Springer International Publishing Switzerland, 125 – 147.