Hanna de la Motte is a researcher and project manager at the Materials and Production Division (Department Chemistry, Biomaterials and Textiles; Unit Fibre Development). Hanna has broad expertise in cellulose science, derivatization and modification of fibers, textile recycling, polymeric separations (polyester / cellulose-based fibers) and organic chemistry. Hanna also has several years of experience in project management both from large interdisciplinary and system-wide projects (eg Mistra Future Fashion, where she had a leading role) and smaller research projects.
Hanna holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Chalmers University of Technology, where she is also a visiting research fellow with supervision of doctoral students and postdocs. She is also a visiting research fellow at BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna. She completed her undergraduate studies (M.Sc.) at the Department of Chemistry at Lund University.
Hanna leads projects and initiatives mainly in the recycling of cellulose-based fibers, both cotton and regenerated fibers, and in mixtures with polyester. She also works to create a better understanding of how textiles can be better handled at the end of the life cycle, by looking at collaborations between different actors from a systems perspective, primarily the pulp and paper industry, the chemical industry and bio/return-refineries.