Department of Applied Physics

Molecular Materials (Molmat)

Molecular Materials (Molmat) is a multidisciplinary research group consisting of physicists, chemists and biologists aiming at functional materials based on supramolecular and supracolloidal self-assembly and its hierarchies.
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We use polymers, conjugated polymers, polypeptides, liquid crystals, nanocellulose, metal nanoparticles, dendrimers, virus particles, carbon nanotubes and other carbon-based materials as structural and functional units in supramolecular assemblies.  Recently, we have been engaged in bio-mimetic self-assembly with a special emphasis on nacre and silk mimetics.

HYBER

The Molmat group is a part of the HYBER Centre, which was launched as the Academy of Finland´s Centre of Excellence in Molecular Engineering of Biosynthetic Hybrid Materials research (2014-2019), and is led by Professor Ikkala. HYBER aims to use biological concepts for next generation materials science.

Nanomicroscopy Centre (NMC)

Molmat is also a part of the Nanomicroscopy Center administered by Professor Janne Ruokolainen. NMC is a cutting-edge microscopy facility offering us a number of high-resolution imaging and fabrication tools for soft, hard and biomaterial characterization.

Professor Olli Ikkala - Photo by Lasse Lecklin

Group leader

Professor Olli Ikkala 

I head the Molecular Materials laboratory at the Department of Applied Physics of Aalto University in Greater Helsinki and the Centre of Excellence in Molecular Engineering of Biosynthetic Hybrid Materials Research (HYBER) of the Academy of Finland. My research interest is to develop functional materials based on hierarchical self-assemblies, biomimetics, and materials originating from nature, such as nanocellulose. The laboratory is multidisciplinary, combining physics, chemistry, and materials science. I have published nearly 300 articles, including several articles in the Science and Nature family, as well as ca 20 patents, and have been cited nearly 15,000 times (H-index 66). I have twice been awarded an ERC Advanced Grant and twice an Academy Professorship of the Academy of Finland. I am an elected member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters and the Technology Academy of Finland.

Molecular Materials Facilities

The Molecular Materials research group is located in Nanotalo. The building also houses the Nanomicroscopy Center (NMC).

All equipment is available for external users.  Contact details of the responsible persons are listed below (Note: Each facility has a different contact person).

Collaboration

We collaborate extensively, both internationally and nationally. Our collaborators include:

Companies

  • Kemira
  • Nokia
  • UPM-Kymmene

International research institutes and universities

  • CEA/CNRS/Cermav, Grenoble, France (Patrice Rannou, Redouane Borsali and Vincent Forge)
  • Politecnico di Milano, Italy ( Pierangelo Metrangolo)
  • University of Duisburg-Essen. Germany (Andre Gröschel)
  • University of Bayreuth (A. Müller et al.)
  • University of Bristol (C. Faul et al.), Max Planck Institute, Golm (H. Schlaad, H. Börner et al.)
  • University of Athens (N. Hadjichristidis et al.)
  • KTH (L. Berglund, T. Lindström)
  • University of Cambridge (U. Steiner et al.)
  • University of Fribourg (R. Mezzenga et al.)
  • University of Groningen (G. ten Brinke et al.)
  • University of Santa Barbara (E. Kramer, G. Fredrickson et al.)
  • University of York (D. Smith et al.)
  • University of Pennsylvania (V. Percec et al.)
  • KAUST (N. Hadjichristidis et al.)
  • National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (H. Iatrou et al.)
  • University of Montreal (X.X. Zhu et al.)

National research institutes and universities

  • Tampere University of Technology (A. Priimägi)
  • University of Helsinki (M. Leskelä and M. Ritala et al., R. Serimaa et al., H. Tenhu et al., A. Urtti et al.)
  • VTT Biotechnology (M.Penttilä)
  • VTT Printable Electronics and Optics (H. Sandberg et al.)
  • Åbo Academy University (R. Österbacka et al.)
  • University of Helsinki (J. Hirvonen and L. Bimbo et al.)
  • University of Jyväskylä (H. Häkkinen et al., M. Lahtinen et al.)
  • Biomedicum, University of Helsinki (J. Klefström et al.).

Research groups within our university

Biotechnology and Chemical Technology (M. Linder, M. Kostiainen, J. Seppälä et al.)

Forest Products Chemistry (O. Rojas, J. Laine, E. Kontturi, M. Österberg)

Chemistry (M. Karppinen, K. Kontturi, C. Johans et al. )

Applied Physics (E. Kauppinen, P. Törmä)

Latest news

The professors
Research & Art Published:

Ten new Academy projects awarded to the School of Science

The projects will investigate questions from nuclear fusion, solar energy, bio inspired materials, and many more
Polymer film that bends when light is shone on it
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Liquid crystal polymer learns to move and grab objects

Researchers trained material the same way as Pavlov trained dogs.
Olli Ikkala
Aalto Magazine, Research & Art Published:

Learning from nature

In his lab, Academy Professor Olli Ikkala is catching up with evolution’s lead in the manufacture of materials. The results of his work may be of crucial significance to an energy-scarce society.
Test tube made to look like Pavlolv's dog
Press releases Published:

Pavlov's classical conditioning inspires materials scientists

Concepts of experimental psychology replicated in smart materials

Latest publications

Oxidative stress in cancer cell metabolism

Saniya Arfin, Niraj Kumar Jha, Saurabh Kumar Jha, Kavindra Kumar Kesari, Janne Ruokolainen, Shubhadeep Roychoudhury, Brijesh Rathi, Dhruv Kumar 2021 Antioxidants

Near-Infrared Chiral Plasmonic Microwires through Precision Assembly of Gold Nanorods on Soft Biotemplates

Amrita Chakraborty, Biswajit Mondal, Kamalesh Chaudhari, Heikki Rekola, Ville Hynninen, Mauri A. Kostiainen, Robin H.A. Ras, Thalappil Pradeep 2021 Journal of Physical Chemistry C

One-step microfluidics production of enzyme-loaded liposomes for the treatment of inflammatory diseases

Clarinda Costa, Zehua Liu, Sandra I. Simões, Alexandra Correia, Antti Rahikkala, Jani Seitsonen, Janne Ruokolainen, Ana Aguiar-Ricardo, Hélder A. Santos, M. Luísa Corvo 2021 Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces

A comparative cross‐platform meta‐analysis to identify potential biomarker genes common to endometriosis and recurrent pregnancy loss

Pokhraj Guha, Shubhadeep Roychoudhury, Sobita Singha, Jogen C. Kalita, Adriana Kolesarova, Qazi Mohammad Sajid Jamal, Niraj Kumar Jha, Dhruv Kumar, Janne Ruokolainen, Kavindra Kumar Kesari 2021 Applied Sciences (Switzerland)

Nanocellulose : Recent Fundamental Advances and Emerging Biological and Biomimicking Applications

Katja Heise, Eero Kontturi, Yagut Allahverdiyeva, Tekla Tammelin, Markus B. Linder, Olli Ikkala 2021 Advanced Materials

Luminescent Gold Nanocluster-Methylcellulose Composite Optical Fibers with Low Attenuation Coefficient and High Photostability

Ville Hynninen, Sourov Chandra, Susobhan Das, Mohammad Amini, Yunyun Dai, Sakari Lepikko, Pezhman Mohammadi, Sami Hietala, Robin H.A. Ras, Zhipei Sun, Olli Ikkala 2021 Small

First principles study of the stability of MXenes under an electron beam

Rina Ibragimova, Zhong Peng Lv, Hannu Pekka Komsa 2021 Nanoscale Advances

Evidence of Coronavirus (CoV) Pathogenesis and Emerging Pathogen SARS-CoV-2 in the Nervous System

Niraj Kumar Jha, Shreesh Ojha, Saurabh Kumar Jha, Harish Dureja, Sachin Kumar Singh, Shakti D. Shukla, Dinesh Kumar Chellappan, Gaurav Gupta, Shanu Bhardwaj, Neeraj Kumar, Madhan Jeyaraman, Rashmi Jain, Sathish Muthu, Rohan Kar, Dhruv Kumar, Vineet Kumar Goswami, Janne Ruokolainen, Kavindra Kumar Kesari, Sandeep Kumar Singh, Kamal Dua 2021 JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR NEUROSCIENCE

The FBXW7-NOTCH interactome

Rohan Kar, Saurabh Kumar Jha, Shreesh Ojha, Ankur Sharma, Sunny Dholpuria, Venkata Sita Rama Raju, Parteek Prasher, Dinesh Kumar Chellappan, Gaurav Gupta, Sachin Kumar Singh, Keshav Raj Paudel, Philip M. Hansbro, Sandeep Kumar Singh, Janne Ruokolainen, Kavindra Kumar Kesari, Kamal Dua, Niraj Kumar Jha 2021 Cancer Reports
More information on our research in the Research database.
Research database

Contacts

Contact:

Prof. Olli Ikkala
Coordinator Jacquelin De Faveri

Postal address:

Department of Applied Physics
Aalto University School of Science
P.O. Box 15100, 00076 Aalto, Finland

Visiting address:

Nano Building,
Puumiehenkuja 2 A
02150 Espoo

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