Biohybrid materials research group is young (established in 2013) and dynamic. Our research focuses on biohybrid materials, which allow the best features of synthetic and biological material types to be combined. We use advanced nanoparticle, organic and polymer synthesis methods to prepare synthetic building blocks, which are self-assembled mainly in biocompatible aqueous environment with biomacromolecules (DNA, proteins, viruses, cellulose, lignin). Our group utilizes high-end characterisation techniques: atomic force microscopy, cryogenic transmission electron microscopy and small angle X-ray scattering to study the systems.
The research topics include for example (please see research for further details):
- Protein cages
- Structural DNA nanotechnology
- Dendrimers, dendrons and their bioconjugates
- Heparin binders
- Lignin nanoparticles
The group is well-connected nationally as well as internationally. We collaborate extensively with international research groups and have memberships in prestigious national networks e.g.:
Biocentrum Helsinki (2014-2016)
The Academy of Finland funding brings nine new posts as Academy Research Fellow, 15 new Postdoctoral Researchers and 24 new Academy Projects to Aalto University.
The Academy invites distinguished academics and scientists to become members.
Professor Mauri Kostiainen, Professor Matti Liski and Adjunct Professor Sabrina Maniscalco from Aalto were elected this year.
Findings provide insights into tunable drug delivery and new design paradigms of DNA-based drug-carriers
The prestigious research grants supports international researchers to travel abroad to work.
The work of Mauri Kostiainen can help combine the best characteristics of biomolecules and synthetic materials.
Professor Mauri Kostiainen receives Consortium Project funding from the Academy of Finland
A new fabrication technique combines programmable DNA origami shapes and conventional lithography methods to create metallic nanoantennas and chiral shapes for diverse applications.
Straightforward and modular coating strategy can bring programmed DNA origami-based drug-delivery vehicles and nanodevices closer to clinical applications.
Aalto scientists demonstrated that viruses and nanoparticles can be assembled into processable superlattice wires.
Professors Robin Ras and Mauri Kostiainen receive Project funding from the Academy of Finland
Self-assembled DNA nanostructures can be used in molecular-scale diagnostics and as smart drug-delivery vehicles.
Kostiainen's work is dynamically new, creative and significant from the perspective of technological development.
Professor Mauri Kostiainen was granted the WCC Special Recognition today 17 November.