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 led 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.

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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.

Group photo of the BiCMat research group taken by Valeria Azovskaya.

Bioproduct Chemistry

The Bioproduct Chemistry group is led by Prof. Monika Österberg. The group works on the development of renewable, high added-value materials based on lignocellulosics. Our research is especially focused on understanding interfacial properties using atomic force microscopy (AFM, imaging and force measurements), quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring (QCM-D), and surface plasmon resonance (SPR), among other techniques.

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.

Formation of bridging filaments in chimeric silk coacervates

Clean Technologies

Clean Technologies group led by Prof. Olli Dahl develops sustainable industrial processes for treatment of waste water and industrial residues.

Clean Technologies Reseach Group

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.

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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.

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Wood Material Technology

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

Wood Material Technology team

Bioprocess Engineering

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

Bioprocess Engineering Group

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

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.

CCMV AuNP lattice

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.

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Lignin Chemistry

Lignin Chemistry research group lead by Prof. Mikhail Balakshin

The members in this group

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

Mies- ja naisopiskelija työskentelemässä laitteen ääressä.
Studies Published:

A record number of applications to Aalto University

There has been an enormous increase in applications for a study place in master’s and English bachelor’s programmes
Two female students chatting at the Aalto Summer Job Day on 16 January 2020. Photo: Kalle Kataila / Aalto University
Cooperation Published:

You do not need to speak Finnish to get a summer job

More than 70% of the employers that participated in the Aalto Summer Job Day are also happy to hire foreigners who do not speak Finnish.
Otaniemi kampus ilmakuva
Campus Published:

Power outage in Otaniemi area

There was a power outage in Otaniemi area. The issue is now resolved and repaired.
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Research & Art Published:

Aalto researchers’ bold initiatives receive more than €2 million in funding

The areas covered by the four research projects include the development of thermal energy storage and mobile magnetic resonance imaging technology.

Events

Dissertations

Defence of dissertation in the field of Bioproduct Technology, M.Sc. Jessica Lucenius

The title of the dissertation is Nanocellulose and Water-soluble Polysaccharides - Interfacial Tailoring from Nanoscopic to Macroscopic Level

Where to find us

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Aalto Bioproduct Centre.
Address: Vuorimiehentie 1
Mon-Fri 8.00-15.30

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