Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems

Biobased Colloids and Materials (BiCMat)

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.
Group photo of the BiCMat research group taken by Valeria Azovskaya.
BiCMat Activity Summary 2018
Photo of nanocellulose by Anni Hanén.

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:

3d rendering of bioactive (nano)cellulose.

We work closely with:

FinnCERES

FinnCERES is a flagship for our sustainable future, center for the materials bioeconomy.

HYBER – The Academy of Finland's Centre of Excellence

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.

Aalto University/HYBER

Aalto Materials Platform

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

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BiCMat members

Here you will find the individuals who are part of the Biobased Colloids and Materials (BiCMat) research group.

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BiCMat Publications
A photo demostrating the use of cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) for structural color on a piece of fabric.

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

 

Find us at:

Vuorimiehentie 1

Aalto Bioproduct Centre.
Address: Vuorimiehentie 1
Mon-Fri 8.00-15.30

Vuorimiehentie 1

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