Our research areas:
- Processes and products of the bio-based industry -especially wood-based fibers
- Finding potential innovations based on applications of the latest lignocellulosic findings
We aim to Develop co- operation in the field of research and education between the Southeastern University of Applied Sciences (XAMK) and Aalto University. The research is done in close cooperation with the industry.
Juha Lipponen, head of the research group
The forest industry and its products have a golden opportunity to be in the driver’s seat to lead the global fossil-free transformation.
I am doing research on cellulose fiber modification technology and new wood-based products. As a newcomer, I am currently in the process of putting together the research projects and assembling the research group.
Throughout my entire career in the industry, I have been privileged to work with very talented people and very interesting and challenging topics.
In 1993, I invented in my Master’s thesis—together with my thesis supervisor—a whole new type of multinip calender, which replaced the existing 150-year-old supercalendering technology with a simple mechanical invention related to the roll stack structure of the calender. The calender (Valmet’s Opti Calender Multinip) rapidly blew away the competition—in the following years, the new calender became a billion-euro business for Valmet.
I was nominated Young Scientist of the Year in 2003 by Tekniikan Edistämisäätiö of the Ministry of Trade and Industry for the findings in my doctoral thesis.
An interview of the new Professor of Practice Juha Lipponen from the School of Chemical Engineering.
Innovation expert Juha Lipponen to become Professor of Practice for the Department of Bioproducts and biosystems
A new professor of practice position has been created which will strengthen research into cellulose fibre modification technology and new wood-based products. Juha Lipponen will work at both Aalto University and Savonlinna Technology Park. Lipponen, who has had a long career in innovation, is also one of the finalists for this spring's Finnish Engineering Award.