Biobased Colloids and Materials (BiCMat)
The BiCMat group is based in the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems and we are an active member of the broader Materials Platform at Aalto University. Our research group consists of scholars at various stages of their careers, from MSc. students to Post-doc researchers. In addition, we continually host visiting scholars from other academic/research institutions around the world.
Our research focus
Our research focus is on finding competitive alternatives to fossil materials through research into bio-based materials at different size scales, mainly those displaying large interfacial areas such as fibers (micro/nano fibers), fiber networks, particles and colloidal systems. We are interested in:
We work closely with:
FinnCERES is a flagship for our sustainable future, center for the materials bioeconomy.
HYBER is the Academy of Finland's Centre of Excellence in Molecular Engineering of Biosynthetic Hybrid Materials research (2014-2019). HYBER combines four research groups working on molecular self-assembly, genetic engineering of proteins, biotechnical production of engineered biomolecules, and plant cell wall materials.
The Materials Platform promotes cross-disciplinary collaborations and communication, inside and outside Aalto University, to advance the field of materials science and its applications.
Ongoing research projects
Honors and awards
ERC Advanced Grant recipient
2018 Anselme Payen Award, the highest recognition in the area of cellulose and renewable materials
BiCMat is a part of Academy of Finland's Centre of Excellence in Molecular Engineering of Biosynthetic Hybrid Materials (HYBER, 2014-2019)
In 2015, Orlando Rojas received TAPPI Nanotechnology Division Technical Award and IMERYS Prize