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.

Head of Department is Herbert Sixta. Link to his research group and contact information >>
Vice Head is Markus Linder. Link to his research group and contact information >>
Vice Head is Monika Österberg. Link to her research group and contact information >>

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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 Colloids and Materials (BiCMat)

Group led by Professor Orlando Rojas

CHEM_Bio_Bicmat

Biobased Materials Technology

Group led by Professor Thaddeus Maloney

CHEM_bio_Nanocellulose printing paper

Biochemistry

Group led by Professor Silvan Scheller

Biochemistry group

Biohybrid Materials

Group led by Professor Mauri Kostiainen

CCMV AuNP lattice

Biomolecular materials

Group led by Professor Markus Linder

Formation of bridging filaments in chimeric silk coacervates

Biopolymer Chemistry and Engineering

The group is led by Professor Michael Hummel

Biopolymer Chemistry and Engineering, photo: Valeria Azovskaya

Bioprocess Engineering

Group led by Professor Sandip Bankar

Bacterial cellulose

Bioproduct Chemistry

Group led by Professor Monika Österberg

CHEM_Bio_Foam and woad research

Biorefineries

Group led by Professor Herbert Sixta

CHEM_Bio_Marianna_Granatier_From wood to fiber

Clean Technologies

Group led by Professor Olli Dahl

AaltoCell project

Lignin Chemistry

Group led by Professor Mikhail Balakshin

CHEM_Bio_lignin particles and samples

Materials Chemistry of Cellulose

Group led by Professor Eero Kontturi

HCI based disintegration

Molecular biotechnology

Group led by Professor Alexander Frey

Alexander Frey_Aalto-yliopisto_Mikko Raskinen

Paper Converting and Packaging

Group led by Professor Jouni Paltakari

Cycle from pellets to printing product

Printing Technology

Group led by Professor Patrick Gane

CHEM_Bio_Circular economy

Protein Technology

Group led by Professor Emma Master

Lignocellulose samples_work by Mohamed Magd, photo Valeria Azovskaya

Soft Materials Modelling

Group led by Senior Scientist Maria Sammalkorpi

Soft Materials Modelling group Aalto University

Wood Chemistry

Group led by Professor Tapani Vuorinen

Wood acetate by Yesul Woo

Wood Material Science and Technology

Group led by Assistant Professor Lauri Rautkari

CHEM_bio_Thermowood

Wood Material Technology

Group led by Professor Mark Hughes

CHEM_Bio_Wood material

Contact information for lecturers and research groups

Bio2 / Atomic force microscope

Contact information for the research groups

Here you can find the contact information for the research groups.

Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems
Aalto Bioproduct Centre_Photo Mikko Raskinen

Contact information for the lecturers

Here you can find the contact information for lecturers.

Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems

Research cooperation

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

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Aalto University / The School of Business / Ambassadors

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
Studying biotechnology

Are you interested in studying at Aalto? Here are our school's programmes:

Aalto Bachelor's Programme in Science and Technology

Master's Programme in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering

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Doctoral studies

Aalto Doctoral Programme in Chemical Engineering >>

Get to know us

Michael Hummel, kuva: Jaakko Kahilaniemi

Michael Hummel: Sustainable and renewable materials will replace oil-based products

Researchers need to be team players, says Professor of Biopolymer Chemistry and Engineering.

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Monika Österberg

Monika Österberg develops from wood a contender to oil

Associate Professor of Bioproduct Chemistry Monika Österberg wants to see her innovations change the world.

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Kuvassa Pasi Herranen, Orvokki Ihalainen ja Panu Miettinen

Anything but an ordinary greenhouse

A wood-structured windowless greenhouse consumes only half as much energy as a traditional glass greenhouse. In addition to producing food, Pasi Herranen’s invention could generate electricity and excess heat in the future.

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See also

Aalto Materials Platform

We promote cross-disciplinary collaborations and communication to advance the field of materials science and its applications.

Metals_photo Eeva Suorlahti fir Materials Platform

Ioncell-F

Ioncell-F technology developed at Aalto University in collaboration with the University of Helsinki converts wood into textiles without any harmful chemicals.

Aalto University/Ioncell-F

CHEMARTS – New dimensions for the forest

CHEMARTS arranges multidisciplinary study courses and a Summer School for degree students, thesis projects, and workshops for elementary and high school students. It also participates in externally funded research projects.

An image with different kinds of biochemical compounds printed on paper, colorful

FinnCERES - Flagship for boosting bioeconomy

Boosting the world’s bioeconomy by developing new bio-based materials with Aalto University and VTT, companies, and research organizations through a shared passion to create a sustainable future and a belief in innovations based on solid scientific foundations.

Birch leaves. Photo: Valeria Azovskaya

News

Green nudges illustration, two people walking on a dirt road in a park
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Aalto Sustainability Hub launches new Green Nudge Team programme for students

The Green Nudge Team programme is currently looking for students interested in a meaningful and hands-on way to contribute to sustainability at Aalto University.
Kuva: LUT-yliopisto.
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Shaking Up Tech returns, this time as a virtual open event

This year, the event that encourages young women’s interest in the field of technology is online due to covid-19. The event is open to all upper-secondary school students.
Asa-Marie Kultima, Aalto-yliopiston rehtorin tehtävän 8.10. valtaava lukiolaistyttö Rovaniemeltä kuvattuna kaupunkinäkymässä. Kuva Aaro Keipi
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On 8 October, 17-year-old Asa-Marie Kultima assumes the role of Aalto University President in the Girls Takeover campaign

At the beginning of October, the ‘Super Week’ for girls, young people and technology will also host a Shaking up Tech event open to all and select the winner of the youth innovation competition.
Professor Mady Elbahri
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The German Society of Material Science awards Professor Mady Elbahri the DGM prize of 2020

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde e.V. (DGM) has recognized Professor Mady Elbahri at the School of Chemical Engineering, for his outstanding scientific achievements in the field of Nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Events

Dissertations

Defence of dissertation in the field of Bioproduct Technology, M.Sc (Tech.) Jean Buffiere

The title of the dissertation is: Low-molecular-weight Nanocellulose Produced Using Supercritical Water Treatment
Wikimedia commons, CC BY 4.0, Goulas, Puurunen, van Ommen, 2020

November Networking - ALD at Aalto University

Join in our ALD networking event on two afternoons, 25. - 26.11.2020 at 12-17
Previous event: https://blogs.aalto.fi/catprofopen/ald-networking-nov-2019/

Where to find us

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