Aalto Materials Platform

Aalto Materials Platform

Note: Aalto Platforms have merged under Aalto Networking Platform as of 01 January 2021. We are currently restructuring our web portal and some information here may be out of date. Please contact Heidi Henrickson about Materials Key Research area.

The Materials Platform promotes cross-disciplinary collaborations and communication, inside and outside Aalto University, to advance the field of materials science and its applications. 

We develop and support a variety of actions focused on popularizing, promoting, and stimulating research activities in materials fields in all six Aalto Schools.

Metals_photo Eeva Suorlahti fir Materials Platform

Best Platform practices

Aalto University_photography by Unto_Rautio

Doctoral writing workshops: fostering creativity, mutual support and productivity

Doctoral students have a lot to accomplish to reach their goal of a professional degree. While a great deal of this work is done independently, writing doesn’t have to be a lonely quest. And in a pandemic, students need writing support from their peers more than ever.

Aalto Materials Platform
EIT festival_photo Anna Mathews

A short guide for creating a great event photoset

We offer our best practices regarding event photography and communication practices that will help you to make your photos better and your photography process smoother.

Aalto Networking Platform
Seyens Visual Communication workshop

Visualization in grant applications: why it is important and how to get better at it

The ‘Visual consultancy for grant applications’ service supports Aalto researchers by advising them on their visual materials for funding proposals. We opened the service for all materials researchers at Aalto in February 2020, and in most of the cases, consultations were held online.

Aalto Networking Platform

What we do:

Networking event 'Artificial intelligence in materials science'_photo Glen Forde

Events and service support for multidisciplinary projects

Financial support for your multidisciplinary event at Aalto.

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Mixed materials composition, photo by Eeva Suorlahti 2017

Materials samples photos and photography consulting

Photography services to promote and popularise Aalto research.

Aalto Materials Platform
Photo by david-perkins from unsplash: sharp pensils

Best visual practices for funding applications

A visual consultancy service for materials grant applicants.

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Materials Platform: strategy, mission and established collaborators

Materials Platform operations 2016-2020

 Dr. Heidi Henrickson

Dr. Heidi Henrickson

Project Manager, Materials Platform, 2018-2020
 Prof. Orlando Rojas

Prof. Orlando Rojas

Academic Chair, Materials Platform
 Dr. Kati Miettunen

Dr. Kati Miettunen

Project Manager, Materials Platform, 2016-2018

Materials Platform assistance and visual support

 Valeria Azovskaya

Valeria Azovskaya

Designer and project assistant, 2017-2020
 Glen Forde

Glen Forde

Designer and project assistant, 2017-2020

Events related to materials research at Aalto

Tapahtumabanneri. Kuva vihersävytteisestä kaislikosta. Kuvan päällä tapahtuman tiedot ja kumppaneiden logot.

Climate change - perspectives of hope for the future

The discussion will address, among other things, the mitigation of climate change through technology and the potential for change in the lives of individuals and communities. The event was postponed from Spring 2020 to 2021.
Design Club Online Talk
Online event

Online Talk: Accelerating sustainability

Book your place for online talk by Aalto University and Design Museum's business network, Design Club. The topic of the discussions will explore sustainability, social responsibility and Corporate Responsibility through the lens of Design and Design intensive companies.
Online event

NODUS TALKS Food Sovereignty. People's Sovereignty!

Online presentations and panel discussion with Aslihan Oguz & Ruby Van Der Wekken.
IBC Finland seminar cover picture
Online event


Because of its lightness, its heat insulation properties, and its strength, the foam material can also be used for insulation in buildings if it is both resistant to humidity and fire safe. Picture: Mikko Raskinen.
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Edible shock- and heat-resistant wood foam could replace plastic packaging

A new bio-based material could replace substances such as Styrofoam and bubble wrap. Artificial intelligence is being used to the development of the material.
New Cotton Project
Research & Art Published:

Going beyond cotton

Aalto University part of a consortium that harnesses collaboration and cutting-edge technology to create circular fashion.
Ioncell-kuituja kierrätysmateriaalista
Research & Art Published:

Fibre made from recycled cloth towels and hemp stronger than cotton

The tensile strength of fibres created with the Ioncell method is up to 2.5 times more than that of cotton, while an Ioncell knitted fabric made from recycled hemp withstands abrasion for twice as long as normal hemp fabric.
Tohtorikoulutettavat Noora Yau ja Konrad Klockars seisovat vierekkäin valkoista taustaa vasten. Heidän välissään on pystysuora puinen levy, joka on pohjaväriltään musta, mutta pinnassa on kirkkaita sinisiä ja keltaisia kuvioita. Kuva: Jaakko Kahilaniemi.
Aalto Magazine, Research & Art Published:

Parallel paths: Designer and materials scientist conjure up glimmering colours out of wood

Designer Noora Yau and materials scientist Konrad Klockars have used wood to conjure up a colour, which is transparent yet glows like a copepod in shallow water. The pair’s good chemistry and open attitude towards asking silly questions is a great help in their work.
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