Courses – 2020

Introduction to Fibre Processing and Bioproducts – Cancelled

The 2-day course, originally scheduled for April 23 and 24, 2020, by UBC’s Pulp and Paper Centre and the BioProducts Institute is cancelled.


With all the uncertainty of the CoVid-19 pandemic, we are not sure if we can conduct this course in 2020.

Course Modules 

  1. Pulp Processing
  2. Mechanical Pulping
  3. Raw Materials
  4. Kraft Pulping
  5. Recovery and Bleaching
  6. Papermaking Chemistry
  7. Papermaking
  8. Physical and Chemical Modifications to Fibres
  9. The Future of BioProducts
  10. Lignin and Use Prospects
  11. Disruptive Technologies in Integrated Mills
  12. Labs (hands on) in Hand sheet Papermaking; Hand sheet Testing; Fibre Quality Analysis and Freeness on both days.

*A discounted fee is specially offered to full-time students (student ID required on site) and to retired seniors (65 years +).

Who typically attends this course?
This course is designed for industry professionals (policy makers, safety inspectors, new entrants in the field) as well as graduate and undergraduate students in engineering and the sciences who wish to gain an understanding of mechanical and chemical processes of pulp and its potential as a key ingredient in biomass for novel use.

In the past, our registrants have been an interesting mix of professionals — accountants who want to understand what their company is being billed for, safety inspectors who visit mills, technicians, industry personnel who wish to expand their specialization, newcomers and hopeful job seekers in pulp and paper sectors, consultants in the pulp and paper industry, and policy makers from industry and provincial governments.

Faculty biographies 

Rodger Beatson holds a B.Sc. Honours in Chemistry from the University of Exeter, Devon, England. He obtained his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Western Ontario. He began working for UBC’s Advanced Papermaking Initiative in 1999 as faculty member at BCIT. Prof. Beatson has been Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Forestry since 1995. Dr. Beatson’s current research interests are dissolving pulp production, the use chemicals to reduce energy consumption in refining and the recovery of hemicellulose from mill residues for use in improving beatability and enhancing paper strength.
Barbara Dalpke graduated in 1997 with a degree in Pulp and Paper Engineering from the Technical University in Darmstadt, Germany. She then joined the PhD program in Mechanical Engineering at UBC and upon graduation in 2002 transferred to the Chemical Engineering department as a Postdoctoral Fellow. In 2005 she started working as a Research Scientist at Paprican (now FPInnovations) until 2012. Prof. Dalpke is a sessional lecturer at UBC and teaches Pulp and Paper Technology to undergraduate students at UVic.
Peter Englezos holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Calgary (1990). He served as Coordinator of the Master of Engineering, non-thesis Pulp and Paper Program during 1992–99 and as Director of the Advanced Papermaking Initiative between July 2005 and August 2011. Prof. Englezos served as Head of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering in July 2009 until the close of his term in 2019. His current research interests span engineering wood fibres for novel product development, novel gas separation technologies for hydrogen production and carbon dioxide capture, water desalination and natural gas hydrates.
Robert Gooding graduated from UBC with a PHD in Chemical Engineering in 1995. He serves as Adjunct Professor at UBC in the department of Mechanical Engineering and regularly sits on committees when doctoral students present and defend their thesis. Prof. Gooding holds a corporate position as Vice President, Aikawa Fiber Technologies in Montreal.
Emil Gustafsson holds a PhD in Fibre and Polymer Science from KTH – Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden (2014). He was a postdoctoral fellow at McMaster University 2015-17 working on wet resiliency and wet adhesion of cellulose materials, and a postdoctoral fellow at LGP2 at Grenoble-INP, France (2018) researching on mechanical properties of specialty paper. He is currently a Senior Research Project Manager at the BioProducts Institute (BPI) at UBC.
Nuwan Sella Kapu has more than fifteen years of experience in the plant sciences and biomass processing. He obtained his Ph.D. in Plant Biology specializing in cell wall biology and biochemistry from the Pennsylvania State University, University Park.  His current research at UBC centres on developing technologies for bio-products and biorefineries using diverse feedstocks including bamboo. Nuwan is affiliated to the Faculty of Forestry.
Mark Martinez holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from The University of British Columbia (1995) and a Docent in Paper Technology (1999) from the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.  He joined the Chemical Engineering Department at UBC in 1999 after four years at the Swedish Pulp and Paper Research Institute, Stockholm, as Senior Research Associate for the paper technology group. Mark was appointed Director of the UBC Pulp and Paper Centre at the start of 2014 and held that position until the end of his term in December 2019. Prof. Martinez has been Director of the Advanced Papermaking Initiative since 2011. His research focuses on the fluid mechanics of fibre suspensions.
James A. Olson holds a B.A.Sc. in Engineering Physics (1991) and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of British Columbia (1996). He worked at the Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada in Ottawa from 1995 to 1999 to lead a research project on fibre fractionation and contaminant control. He joined the Mechanical Engineering Department at UBC in July 1999 as Assistant Professor. James held leadership appointments as Director of the  Pulp and Paper Centre, Associate Dean of Research and Partnerships, and moved on to Interim Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science. His research is in the areas of advanced pulp processing, screening, LC refining, fibre and paper properties, and the fluid mechanics of fibre suspensions. Prof. Olson is the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science.
Orlando G. Rojas holds the prestigious Canada Excellence Research Chair in Forest Bioproducts. Prof. Rojas is the 2018 Recipient of the Anselme Payen Award and is an elected Fellow of the American Chemical Society and the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters. Nanomaterials, colloids and surfaces form the basis of Prof. Rojas’ cross-disciplinary approach to understanding the fundamental principles involved in the design, manufacture and performance of biobased systems. He is recognized worldwide for his scientific impact in the area of nanocelluloses.