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Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems

Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems

The Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems (Bio2) is at the forefront of forest products technologies and cutting-edge biotechnology.

Ultimately, the activities in Bio2 result in innovative products and solutions for applications ranging from construction and textiles to biomaterials, energy and biomedicine.

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Research

The research at the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems focuses on products derived from nature through green chemistry or biotechnological methods. Our department’s core competencies include synthetic biology, biochemical and biotechnical processing, the chemistry of lignocellulosic materials, pre-treatment and fractionation of biomass, downstream unit operations as well as the characterization and analysis of materials.

Bio2 is internationally recognised for its multidisciplinary engineering education development in digitalised and online learning environments.

Biobased Materials Technology

The BIOMAT group lead by Prof. Thaddeus Maloney carries out research related to the development of next generation fiber products. Our target is to develop material-based technologies which enable the renewal of the paper and board industries.

Group photo

Biobased Colloids and Materials (BiCMat)

BiCMat group led by Prof. Orlando Rojas works toward supporting global sustainable development through research on the fundamental and utilization aspects of renewable resources, including lignocellulose, proteins and other biopolymers. Our research aims to discover competitive alternatives for fossil materials.

BiCMat research group

Bioproduct Chemistry

The Bioproduct Chemistry group is led by Prof. Monika Österberg. The group focuses on developing renewable, high-value added materials based on lignocellulosics. Special attention is paid to understanding interfacial properties.

Bioproduct Chemistry group / photo by Jinze Dou

Biorefineries

The research group of Prof. Herbert Sixta focuses on the fractionation of lignocellulose and valorization of its constituents.

Biorefineries research group. Photo: Mikko Raskinen / Aalto University.

Biomolecular materials

The biomolecular materials group led by Prof Markus Linder, seeks to understand and utilize biological design strategies for materials.In many cases nature serves as an inspiration for how high performance materials can be designed.

Biomolecular materials

Clean Technologies

Clean Technologies group led by Prof. Olli Dahl highlights the viewpoint of sustainable development.

Aalto-yliopisto, liput / kuvaaja: Aino Huovio

Materials Chemistry of Cellulose

The distinct emphasis of the group led by Prof. Eero Kontturi is set on interfacial phenomena: one of the main lines of research involves observing and manipulating cellulosic materials in confined 2D space by using a surface science approach.

Aalto-yliopisto, liput / kuvaaja: Aino Huovio

Paper Converting and Packaging

Led by Prof. Jouni Paltakari the teaching and research group for paper converting and packaging technology focuses on unit operations and technologies for adding value for fibre based substrates in converting processes and packaging applications.

Aalto University/The Research Group for Paper Converting and Packaging

Printing Technology

The Printing Technology group is led by Patrick Gane. The group focuses on developing printed microfluidic devices using functionalised coating pigments, binders and hydrophobic inks, printing nano and microscale patterns for analyte control and light interactive devices.

Group photo

Wood Chemistry

The Wood Chemistry group is led by Prof. Tapani Vuorinen and specializes in the chemistry and structure of wood, the mechanisms and kinetics of chemical reactions of wood components, and the use of vibrational spectroscopy in studying plant materials and their chemical reactions.

Aalto-yliopisto, liput / kuvaaja: Aino Huovio

Wood Material Science and Technology

Group lead by Assist. Prof. Lauri Rautkari research and developes new sustainable, environmentally friendly and diverse wood products with enhanced properties.

Wood Material Science and Technology Group. Photo: Maija Kymäläinen

Wood Material Technology

The Wood Material Technology group, headed by Professor Mark Hughes, provides teaching and conducts research in the area of wood technology.

Aalto-yliopisto, liput / kuvaaja: Aino Huovio

Bioprocess Engineering

Bioprocess engineering group led by Prof. Sandip Bankar is dedicated to develop efficient yet economic bioprocesses for industrially valuable biomolecules.

Aalto-yliopisto, liput / kuvaaja: Aino Huovio

Molecular biotechnology

Molecular biotechnology group led by Prof. Alexander Frey aims on the rational design and engineering of molecular and cellular factories for production of novel and improved products.

Aalto-yliopisto, liput / kuvaaja: Aino Huovio

Microbiology

Microbiology research group led by prof. Katrina Nordström focuses on different topics of microbiology related to health and wellbeing.

Bioreactor. Photo: Aalto University

Nanostructures and materials

The group led by assistant professor Päivi Laaksonen focuses on research into novel nanomaterials. A major focus is on new types of materials consisting of engineered biomolecules and other nanomaterials.

Aalto-yliopisto, liput / kuvaaja: Aino Huovio

Biohybrid Materials

BiHy group is led by Professor Mauri Kostiainen, and does research at the interface of chemistry, physics and biochemistry. Our long term aim is to integrate biological and synthetic building blocks in a designed manner to combine the versatility of synthetic materials and highly controlled assembly properties of biomolecules.

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Biochemistry

The biochemistry group led by Prof. Silvan Scheller brings chemical processes that evolved in nature to the laboratory for industrial applications.

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Protein Technology

Professor Emma Master leads the Protein Technology research group. The goal of the group is to discover, design and produce enzymes and non-catalytic proteins that can be used to create new polymers and chemicals from plant fiber.

Aalto-yliopisto, liput / kuvaaja: Aino Huovio

Research cooperation

The Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems works collaboratively with strong partners from industry and academia.

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Research equipment and services

Bio2Future PhD Summer School - bioeconomy courses for postgraduates

Aalto University has launched a summer school to support PhD students who are studying bioeconomy-related subjects. Bio2Future offers 1-2 high-level postgraduate courses each summer in a range of current subject areas.

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Photo: Nina Riutta

News

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Press releases, Research & Art Published:

Aalto speeds up development of ecological textile fibres with new pilot plant

With this new equipment, the output of Ioncell fibre can increase up to a hundredfold, enabling cooperation with even more companies.
Aalto EIT Services
Cooperation Published:

EIT InnoEnergy - Energy innovation investment call (open until 30.4.2019)

EIT InnoEnergy call is an opportunity for Aalto researcher to get funding for such a research which is elemental part of a commercial innovation idea. InnoEnergy typical investment has been from 1-2 MEUR.
Haukio and Niinistö. Photo: Vesa Moilanen/Lehtikuva
Press releases, Research & Art Published:

Take Finland’s lead and choose clothes you don’t have to feel guilty about

An Aalto University-designed and -produced dress made of birch trees shows how one day we will all look—and feel—good in sustainable fabrics
Urban mobility
Cooperation, Research & Art Published:

Aalto University is a founding partner of two new EIT Innovation communities

EIT Manufacturing and EIT Urban Mobility aim to make a sustainable and competitive society.

Events

Where to find us

Vuorimiehentie 1

Aalto Bioproduct Centre. Mon-Fri 7.45-16.00

Vuorimiehentie 1