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.
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.
The BIOMAT group lead 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.
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.
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.
The research group of Prof. Herbert Sixta focuses on the fractionation of lignocellulose and valorization of its constituents.
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.
Clean Technologies group led by Prof. Olli Dahl develops sustainable industrial processes for treatment of waste water and industrial residues.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Group lead by Assist. Prof. Lauri Rautkari research and developes new sustainable, environmentally friendly and diverse wood products with enhanced properties.
The Wood Material Technology group, headed by Professor Mark Hughes, provides teaching and conducts research in the area of wood technology.
Bioprocess engineering group led by Prof. Sandip Bankar is dedicated to develop sustainable, efficient yet economic bioprocesses for industrially valuable biomolecules.
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.
Microbiology research group led by prof. Katrina Nordström focuses on different topics of microbiology related to health and wellbeing.
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.
The biochemistry group led by Prof. Silvan Scheller brings chemical processes that evolved in nature to the laboratory for industrial applications.
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.
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.