Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems
Enabling bio and circular economy
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 Monika Österberg. Research group's website and contact information
Vice Head is Markus Linder.Research group's website and contact information
Vice Head is Alexander Frey. Research group's website and contact information
The HR Partner of the Department is Noora Katisko.
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
Biobased Materials Structure
Group led by Research Fellow Paavo Penttilä
Biobased Materials Technology
Group led by Professor Thaddeus Maloney
Group led by Professor Silvan Scheller
Group led by Professor Mauri Kostiainen
Biological Engineered Living Materials
Group led by Research Fellow Rahul Mangayil
Group led by Professor Markus Linder
Biopolymer Chemistry and Engineering
Group led by Professor Michael Hummel
Group led by Professor Monika Österberg
Group led by Professor Juha Lipponen
Group led by Professor Olli Dahl
Group led by professor Tiina Nypelö.
Materials Chemistry of Cellulose
Group led by Professor Eero Kontturi
Group led by Professor Alexander Frey
Paper Converting and Packaging
Group led by Professor Jouni Paltakari
Photoactive Organic Materials
Group led by Research Fellow Eduardo Anaya
Group led by Professor Emma Master
Soft Materials Modelling
Group led by Senior Scientist Maria Sammalkorpi
Group led by Professor Ali Tehrani
Group led by Professor Tapani Vuorinen
Wood Material Science
Group led by Professor Lauri Rautkari
Wood Material Technology
Group led by Professor Mark Hughes
Emeritus research groups
Group led by Emeritus Professor Herbert Sixta
Group led by Emeritus Professor Patrick Gane
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AALTOLAB (external link)
AALTOLAB is a virtual laboratory safety training platform developed at Aalto University. AALTOLAB helps both students and staff to maintain high-level safety standards in our laboratories.
Contact information for lecturers and research groups
Contact information for the research groups
Here you can find the contact information for the research groups.
Contact information for the teaching staff
Here you can find contact information for teaching staff in the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems.
See all the Aalto CHEM collaboration projects here
Key Research Area: Materials and sustainable use of natural resources
Materials research ranges from physics, nanotechnology, mechanics, performance and design to biomaterials and sustainable resource use.
CHEMARTS (external link)
Circular Design Innovation (external link)
Strategies for circular design – design out waste and innovate for longer product lifetime.
ClicInnovation (external link)
Solution Architect for Global Bioeconomy and Cleantech Opportunities
FinnCERES, competence center for materials bioeconomy, is a Flagship for our sustainable future.
INNPAPER (external link)
Paper is rising as a good alternative to traditional materials for electronics: it is cheap, flexible, renewable and recyclable.
Ioncell-F technology developed at Aalto University in collaboration with the University of Helsinki converts wood into textiles without any harmful chemicals.
The Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems works collaboratively with strong partners from industry and academia.
ValueBioMat (external link)
ValueBioMat is a project funded by the Strategic Research Council (SRC) at the Academy of Finland.
Are you interested in studying at the School of Chemical Engineering? Here are our Bioproducts and Biosystems programmes:
- Aalto Bachelor's Programme in Science and Technology:
- Master's Programme in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering:
- Joint Master's Programmes:
- Joint international Master's Programmes:
See all our school's programmes
- Doctoral studies: Aalto Doctoral Programme in Chemical Engineering
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Social life and recreation
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Get to know us:
Paula Jouhten seeks to replace oil-based chemistry by controlling the physiology of microbial cells
Paula Jouhten, D.Sc., started her five-year fixed-term professorship at the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems at the beginning of 2022. Jouhten leads the Microbial Physiology research group at Aalto University.
Alexander Frey wants to cut health costs with specialised yeast
The Professor of Molecular biotechnology has harnessed a hardy workforce for tasks such as manufacturing cheap medicines and biofuels.
Curiosity is a pathway to science
Researchers are shaping the future. If you want to become a researcher, it is important to be curious and question everything, says Professor Silvan Scheller.
Eero Kontturi: The most important skill for a researcher is the desire to read and write
Professor of Materials Chemistry of Cellulose relaxes by reading scientific articles and makes no distinction between work and free time.
Get to know us: Professor Olli Dahl
Saving the environment via businesses.
Mixing people with different backgrounds is a nutrient for creativity, says professor Tapani Vuorinen.
Get to know us: Associate Professor Michael Hummel
Fascination for wood and Finland.
Michael Hummel: Sustainable and renewable materials will replace oil-based products
Researchers need to be team players, says Professor of Biopolymer Chemistry and Engineering.
Monika Österberg develops from wood a contender to oil
Associate Professor of Bioproduct Chemistry Monika Österberg wants to see her innovations change the world.
Nurturing the passion for research - Interviewing Associate Professor Ali Tehrani
Associate professor Ali Tehrani, who works at Aalto University's School of Chemical Engineering Bioproducts and Biosystems Department, has an impressive background in textile research already before joining Aalto. And he also enjoys guiding and supporting his students in their research and careers.
Revolutionising the bio-based industry
An interview of the new Professor of Practice Juha Lipponen from the School of Chemical Engineering.
Teaching and providing “aha!” experiences motivate our new Vice Dean of Education Jouni Paltakari
Paltakari wants to show all the incredible things we can do with chemical engineering. At the very core of all of our actions are sustainable development and problem solving.