Enhancing dewatering of thermo-mechanical pulp (TMP) based papermaking through enzymatic treatment

Antti Oksanen, Kari Edelmann, Janne Kataja-aho, Anna Suurnäkki

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

    10 Citations (Scopus)


    The aim of this work was to improve the dewatering characteristics of thermo-mechanical pulp (TMP) through enzymatic treatment without any significant reduction of the quality of the end product. The cellulose and hemicellulose content of TMP was altered by means of enzymatic treatments using different purified cellulases and hemicellulases as well as commercial enzyme preparations, in order to clarify the target carbohydrate components affecting the dewatering of TMP. The effects of enzymatic treatments on the properties of the pulp as well as its forming, pressing and drying were studied by lab scale measurements. An increased dewatering rate of TMP was observed in initial drainage, wet pressing and drying laboratory experiments, as a result of various enzymatic treatments. Interestingly, both cellulose and galactoglucomannan components in TMP were found to affect the dewatering properties of the pulp, and a greatest improvement in dewatering could be obtained with a combined treatment with an endoglucanase type of cellulase and mannanase.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)787-795
    Number of pages9
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • cellulose
    • dewatering
    • endoglucanase
    • enzymatic treatment
    • glucomannan
    • paper machine
    • runnability
    • thermo-mechanical pulp (TMP)
    • wet strength
    • xylan


    Dive into the research topics of 'Enhancing dewatering of thermo-mechanical pulp (TMP) based papermaking through enzymatic treatment'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this