Molecular Materials (Molmat)
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.
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
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).
The Aalto University Nanomicroscopy Center (NMC) provides high resolution microscopy to researchers, who come to work and collaborate using this high-quality equipment. The center is accessible to everyone.
Instruments at Nanomicroscopy Center are available for external users. Researchers from universities are trained to use the instruments by themselves.
We collaborate extensively, both internationally and nationally. Our collaborators include:
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)