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.
Group led by Professor Orlando Rojas
Group led by Research Fellow Paavo Penttilä
Group led by Professor Thaddeus Maloney
Group led by Professor Silvan Scheller
Group led by Professor Mauri Kostiainen
Group led by Professor Markus Linder
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 Mikhail Balakshin
Group led by Professor Eero Kontturi
Group led by Professor Alexander Frey
Group led by Professor Jouni Paltakari
Group led by Research Fellow Eduardo Anaya
Group led by Professor Emma Master
Group led by Senior Scientist Maria Sammalkorpi
Group led by Professor Ali Tehrani
Group led by Professor Tapani Vuorinen
Group led by Professor Lauri Rautkari
Group led by Professor Mark Hughes
Contact information for lecturers and research groups
See all the Aalto CHEM collaboration projects here
Materials research ranges from physics, nanotechnology, mechanics, performance and design to biomaterials and sustainable resource use.
Strategies for circular design – design out waste and innovate for longer product lifetime.
Solution Architect for Global Bioeconomy and Cleantech Opportunities
FinnCERES, competence center for materials bioeconomy, is a Flagship for our sustainable future.
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 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:
- Doctoral studies: Aalto Doctoral Programme in Chemical Engineering
Bio2Future course "Novel carbohydrate-based materials from microbes"
This course will be organized for summer 2023. It is target. ed to postgraduate students, post-doctoral researchers and participants from industry with interest in polysaccharide-based biomaterials and products.
Moving to Finland
Here new students and employees can find useful tips for a smooth moving.
We also gathered information about families and recreational activities.
Via this page you’ll find information on practical issues regarding moving to Finland, such as social security, taxation and opening a bank account.
Moving to Finland? Here you can learn more about practicalities.
For longer term accommodation in Helsinki region the best options are either renting or purchasing an apartment or a house. In case you are planning to purchase an apartment we recommend you to contact your bank and/or estate agencies to gain professional assistance and advice. Here you'll find information on renting an apartment, rental rates, and how to find an apartment.
Having social networks helps you feel at home! Aalto University organises many events and other possibilities for international staff and their families to meet and mingle and thus hopefully settle in smoothly. Some examples are Aalto Club and Experiencing Finland event. In addition, we have collected tips and links for you to find the most suitable information.
Get to know us:
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.
The Professor of Molecular biotechnology has harnessed a hardy workforce for tasks such as manufacturing cheap medicines and biofuels.
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.
Professor of Materials Chemistry of Cellulose relaxes by reading scientific articles and makes no distinction between work and free time.
Saving the environment via businesses.
Mixing people with different backgrounds is a nutrient for creativity, says professor Tapani Vuorinen.
Fascination for wood and Finland.
Researchers need to be team players, says Professor of Biopolymer Chemistry and Engineering.
Associate Professor of Bioproduct Chemistry Monika Österberg wants to see her innovations change the world.
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.
An interview of the new Professor of Practice Juha Lipponen from the School of Chemical Engineering.
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.