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Last updated: 11th November 2019

Pulp & Paper Research Division


Pulp and Paper Research Division (PPRD) is one of the oldest divisions in BCSIR Laboratories Dhaka which plays a crucial role in the development of pulping technology for the pulp and paper industries in Bangladesh from its beginning. Many efforts have been given over the past decades to find out high yield biomass for pulp production as well as easy propagation for forestry. This research division is mandated to utilize locally available bioresouces in producing pulp, paper and chemicals. PPRD is giving full effort in reducing green house gas emission through the development of biobased products. Scientists of PPRD are going to develop a green pulping process for nonwood agricultural residues. Moreover, PPRD is developing human resources through supervising PhD and MS students of different universities of Bangladesh.



Achievements and Activities :

Paper Published

  • Jahan, M. S., Haris, F., Rahman, M. M., Samaddar, P. R., & Sutradhar, S. “Potassium hydroxide pulping of rice straw in biorefinery initiatives”. Bioresource Technology, 216, 445–450, 2016.
  • Ahsan, L. Sarwar Jahan, M. Ni, Y. G. Yang. “Adsorption of acetic acid from pre-hydrolysis liquor from kraft-based dissolving pulp production using amine-based resin”, J- For 5(3), 20-26, 2016.
  • Jahan, M. Sarwar, Rajesh Chandra Deb, M. Mostafizur Rahaman, A. Quaiyyum, “Dissolving pulp from white press cuttings”. Tappi Journal. 15(4), 377-382, 2016.
  • Jahan, M. Sarwar, Uddin, M. N., Rahman, A., Rahman, M. M., & Aminb, M. N. “Soda pulping of umbrella palm grass (Cyperus flabettiformic)”. Journal of Bioresources and Bioproducts, 1(2), 85-91, 2016.
  • Jahan, M. Sarwar, Jannatun Nayeem M. Mostafizur Rahman, Marium Islam, and M. A. Quaiyyum. "Chemical characteristics of ribbon retted jute and its effect on pulping and papermaking properties." Industrial Crops and Products, 84: 116-120, 2016.
  • Sun, G., Zhang, D., An, X., Jahan, M. Sarwar, Zhou, J., Ni, Y. “A Case Study for Integrated Forest Biorefinery: Recovery of Manool from Evaporator Condensate of a Kraft Pulp Mill”. Separation and Purification Technology. 165(13):27–31,
  • Jahan, M. Sarwar, Rahman, M. M., Sarkar, M. “Upgrading old corrugated cardboard (OCC) to dissolving pulp”. Cellulose, 23(3), 2039-2047,
  • Jahan, M. Sarwar, Sarkar, M. Rahman, M. M., “Mixed Cooking of Bamboo with Hardwood”. Accepted in Cellulose Chemistry Technology, 2016
  • Jahan, M. Sarwar, Azharul Islam, M. Mostafizur Rahman, Jannatun Nayeem, and Shamim Ahmed, “Steam and hot water prehydrolysis of bamboo and its effect on residual lignin structure and pulping”. Accepted in Cellulose Chemistry Technology,  
  • Sarwar Jahan, Mamon Sarkar, Mostafizur Rahman, M. “Sodium carbonate pre-extraction of Trema orientalis in the production of paper grade pulp”. Drewno 48(195): 69-78, 2015
  • Sarwar Jahan, Alam, D., Rahman, M. M., & Quaiyyum, M. A. “Isolation and characterization of lignin from okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) fibre and stick”. Bangladesh Journal of Scientific and Industrial Research, 50(4), 257-262, 2015 .
  • Sarwar Jahan, Shrikanta Sutradhar, Mostafizur Rahman M. and Quaiyyum, M. A. “Fractionation of rice straw for producing dissolving pulp in biorefinery concept”. Nordic Pulp and Paper Res. J. 30(4), 562-567, 2015.
  • Al-Maruf, A. Sarwar Jahan, “Pulping and papermaking potential of six mangrove species in Bangladesh”. Journal of the Indian Academy of Wood Science, 12(2), 116-21, 2015.
  • Sarwar Jahan, M. Sarkar, M. & Rahman, M. M. Sodium carbonate pre-extraction of bamboo prior to soda-anthraquinone pulping. Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery, 5(4), 441-423, 2015.
  • Matin, M., Rahaman, M. M., Nayeem, J., Sarkar, , Sarwar Jahan, M.. “Dissolving pulp from jute stick”. Carbohydrate Polymers 125, 44-48, 2015.
  • Liu, H Hu, Sarwar Jahan, M. Ni, Y. “Improvement of furfural production from concentrated pre-hydrolysis liquor (PHL) of a kraft-based hardwood dissolving pulp production process”. J. Wood Chem. Technol. 35(4) 260-269, 2015.


Scientists pursuing M.S/M.Phil/ PhD Courses in home or abroad

  1. Mohammad Nashir Uddin, SSO, PhD course, Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka
  2. Mohammad Mustafizur Rahman, SSO, PhD course, University of Pardubice, Czech Republic.

Guidance to research Work ( PhD/M.Phill /M.S/NCST & BCSIR Fellow) :

Sl. No

Title of research

Research Category

Name of the Student

Name of the Institution

Name of Supervisors


Preparation and characterization of lignin based phenol formaldehyde resin for plywood adhesive

BCSIR fellow

Shrikanta Sutradhar

Applied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University of Dhaka

Dr. M Sarwar Jahan


Evaluation of pulp and paper making properties of dhaincha (Sesbania Aculeate)

BCSIR fellow

Mamun Sarker

Department of Chemistry, Jagannath University

Dr. M Sarwar Jahan


Imrovement of Pulp and Bleaching by Chlorine Dioxide (ClO2) splitting


Mohammad Milan Uddin

Department of Chemistry, Dhaka College

Dr. M Sarwar Jahan


Potassium hydroxide pulping of rice straw in biorefinery initiatives



Fahmida Haris

Department of Chemistry, Eden Girls College.


Dr. M Sarwar Jahan


Potassium hydroxide pulping of saccharum sponteneum (kash)


Tawhida Akter


Department of Chemistry, Eden Girls College.


Dr. M Sarwar Jahan


Participation in training / Seminar/ Symposium/ Workshop/ Conference :

  • M Sarwar Jahan participated in Training Workshop on Technopreneurship for South Countries 5 - 9 October 2015, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • ISTIC-TWAS Competition “Successful Innovation in Science and Technology in Developing Countries” 10 - 11 October 2015, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Mohammad Nashir Uddin participated to the “International Conference on Mathematical Modeling” on 29-30 December, 2015 organized by  COMSATS, ISESCO and National Mathematical Centre (NMC), Abuja, Nigeria



  • 3rd Prize in Successful Innovation in Science and Technology in Developing Countries


Number of Analytical (Ad-Hoc) Problem Solved:  

Name of the Division

Routine type

Research Type


Pulp & Paper Research Division





List of Pictures for each Division:

  • Product Picture ( Raw picture with HD)
  • Major Instruments ( Raw picture with HD)