Research group for Bioprocess Technology and Biorefining (BioRef)

The group is headed by professor Svein Jarle Horn and is involved in research on enzymology, fermentation, anaerobic digestion and microbial communities. A central topic is processing of lignocellulosic biomass to a range of products. The group is running a biorefining laboratory which include equipment like a steam explosion unit, hydrolysis reactors, fermentors, ultra/nanofiltration equipment and a spray dryer.

Bioprocess Technology and Biorefining

Current activities:

  • Steam explosion pretretment of lignocellulosic biomass
  • Enzymatic saccharification of lignocellulose and seaweed
  • Fermentation for production of enzymes, bioethanol, lactic acid and single cell protein
  • Process developent for fermentation: repeated fed-batch, continous
  • Microbial communities in biogas reactors and gut systems
  • Lignin characterization and valorization
  • Production of prebiotics from wood hemicelluloses
  • Beer brewing

Vacant positions

One PhD and one post-doctoral position within seaweed processing. Deadline May 31st, 2020.



Published 17. February 2016 - 8:47 - Updated 23. May 2020 - 14:36