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 2019
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.

The HYBER Centre

The HYBER Centre was launched via the Academy of Finland's Centre of Excellence Programme 2014-2019, as the CoE in Molecular Engineering of Biosynthetic Hybrid Materials Research. HYBER combines research groups working on molecular self-assembly, genetic engineering of proteins, biotechnological 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.

Metals_photo Eeva Suorlahti fir Materials Platform

BiCMat members

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

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A quirky group photo of BiCMat members taken by Dragon Flower Photo Studio
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

Latest News

Jaana Vapaavuori
Research & Art Published:

Young Researcher of the Year develops multifunctional materials

The Finnish Foundation for Technology Promotion has named Assistant Professor Jaana Vapaavuori as Young Researcher of the Year for 2020. Vapaavuori's work is guided by design thinking and the optimal utilisation of resources.
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Press releases Published:

Crab-shell and seaweed compounds spin into yarns for sustainable and functional materials

Biobased fibres are made from two renewable marine resources and with promise in advanced applications, in wovens and medical materials, among others. The threads draw strength from the crab chitin component and flexibility from seaweed alginate.
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Honoured, Research & Art Published:

Metex Award to Ville Piippo

The thesis, in the field of design, focuses on driving ergonomics and sustainable design of an electric motorbike.
Julia Lohmann's Department of Seaweed at WEF. Photo: Mikko Raskinen
Research & Art, Studies Published:

Julia Lohmann: ‘We know too much and do too little’

Lohmann’s magnificent seaweed pavilion encourages leaders to make difficult decisions and establish a ‘do-tank’ way of collaborating at the 50th World Economic Forum in Davos.

Events

Information Technology Program (ITP)
Lectures and seminars

Information Technology Program (ITP)

Complete 24 ECTS over the summer, solve real-life digital business challenges, and gain a unique skillset in information technologies, digital platforms or service design. Aalto ITP is an international and multi-disciplinary summer program taught at the School of Business.
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Dissertations

Defense of Dissertation in Organization and Management, Marleen Wierenga, M.Sc

The title of the dissertation is "Innovative entrepreneurial processes in the low-income context".
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Conferences and workshops

The 4th International Symposium on Catalytic Science and Technology in Sustainable Energy and Environment (Cancelled)

Welcome to International Symposium on Catalytic Science and Technology in Sustainable Energy and Environment (EECAT 2020), organised on 31 May - 4 June 2020, starting at Espoo, finishing in a cruise at Helsinki, Finland.
Seyens Visual Communication workshop

Effective Visual Communication for Scientists: FULL

Would you like to improve the quality of your visuals? This two-day workshop introduces visual communication fundamentals and how to apply them to all types of scientific presentation.
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