I spent my international placement at Luleå University of Technology in Sweden (LTU). During my time there I worked in the Bio-nano composites group supervised by Professor Kristiina Oksman. My research is on developing sustainable materials from paper mill by-products containing cellulose. The Bio-nano composite group at LTU is highly experienced in processing natural fibre into composite materials. This made a major influence on the progress of my research. I am now processing the paper mill by-product into nano-cellulose for further applications as a natural polymer. My placement in Sweden remains memorable not only because of the impact it had on my research but also the social interactions I experienced.
– Cynthia Adu