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, 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.

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

Energian varastointi
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Aalto researchers’ bold initiatives receive more than €2 million in funding

The areas covered by the four research projects include the development of thermal energy storage and mobile magnetic resonance imaging technology.
Uusi pohjoismaalainen projekti kehittää huipputehoisia puupohjaisia materiaaleja aurinkokennoihin. Kuva: Kati Miettunen.
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Jaana Vapaavuori and Kati Miettunen receive significant funding for developing new composite biomaterials

Four million euros of funding has been granted to research supporting the forest industry and forestry sector in Finland and Sweden.
Ioncell bowtie Photo: Eeva Suorlahti
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EIT Climate-KIC supported Ioncell directly offers an innovation that regenerates fibres, while enabling them to be recyclable and biodegradable

Ioncell, conceptualised out of Aalto University, provides a closed-loop technology to regenerate cellulosic fibres without using harmful chemicals.
Jaakko Lehtinen
Press releases Published:

Nearly 4 million euro for pioneering research in machine vision and tailor-made biosynthesis

Professors Jaakko Lehtinen and Jan Deska receive the sought-after ERC Consolidator Grants.

Events

AQP seminar
Lectures and seminars

AQP Seminar: Odd-frequency spin-triplet instability in disordered electron liquid

Aalto Quantum Physics Seminar (Nanotalo). Speaker: Dr. Vladimir Zyuzin (Nordita, Stockholm)
Lectures and seminars

Organization and Management Research Seminar: Torkild Thanem (Stockholm Business School)

Welcome to the research seminar of Organization and Management!
ABC Seminar
Lectures and seminars

ABC seminar: Morphemes in the Brain

Dr. Alec Marantz (Department of Linguistics, New York University, USA) will present his work regarding neural implementation of language processing from both theoretical and neurocognitive perspectives.
Forms For Dynamism
Exhibitions and fairs

TUNTU – TOUCH

Exhibition, MA course Surface and Materiality – Ceramics and Clay in Architecture
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