Laboratory facility

Last changed: 24 September 2020

The research at SBT is to a large extent done in laboratories of different sizes. There is an analytical lab at the SLU house on campus, with the possibility to do wet-chemical analyses, sieving of materials, etc. We are also collaborating with Umeå University for NIRS (Near-Infrared spectroscopy) and hyperspectral imaging equipment and methods. On the other side of town, at Röbäcksdalen, we have a slightly larger laboratory, the pilot plant BTC for testing of biofuels, and the newly installed biomass dryer. Finally, we are also using a biological lab that is usually referred to as the forest. In this case the research is often done together with the forest industry, which can provide forest types that are of interest for the specific research project.

Booking of the main laboratory Umeå

Booking of the main laboratory in Umeå.
Internally for SBT's employees. Click here to get to the booking system.

Booking of equipment and instruments in Umeå

Booking of equipment at SBT's laboratory in Umeå, only for authorized personnel.

Here you can book equipment/instruments.

Staff at other departments or outside SBT contact Josefina Nyström or Carina Jonsson for booking instruments.

Klara (chemical products)

Klara is a database with information about risk and protection from chemical products.


All chemicals used at SLU must be registered in Klara!

To access the system, you need to use an SLU computer. 

Near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy

Near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy is a technique that measures harmonics from the IR region. NIR has a relatively large sample penetration depth so little or no sample preparation is needed. The measurement is rapid (typically 0.5 - 4 min) and some devices can also be used in the field. The technique can be used on all biological and clinical materials and it is also possible to measure inorganic materials (geological and archaeological specimens). Typical measurements on organic materials are: food, feed, biomass, biofuel, clinical samples, pharmaceutical and environmental samples.

BTK has access to a number of NIR spectrometers that enable different measurement techniques

* Foss 6500, fiber optic probe 400-2500 nm and rotating measuring cell for reflection/transflection 400-2500 nm

* Tec 5, fiber optic probe for both transmission, transflection and reflection 300 to 2200 nm

* Perten, rotating sample holder for reflection 950-1650 nm

* GetSpec with integrating measurement cell 912-1709 nm

NIR hyperspectral imaging: BTK has access to a Matrix NIR InGaAs camera with LCTF filter that can take pictures in the size 256x320 pixels at 118 wavelengths (960-1662 nm). Various lenses allowsvarying magnifications. A Sisuchema camera measuring 256x320 pixels at 240 wavelenghths 1000-2500 nm can be made avaialble.


Contact: Paul Geladi