Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems

Wood Material Science

The wood material science group, led by Professor Lauri Rautkari, focuses on a variety of subjects ranging from developing novel modification processes and improving the properties of wooden construction materials to microbiology and chemistry of wood and wood components. The task for this group is to develop new sustainable, environmentally friendly and diverse wood products with enhanced properties.
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Group photo by Kristina Tsvetkova (2022)

Our key research areas:

CHEM_Prof Lauri Rautkari

Join us!

We are continuously looking for talented researchers (Aalto students, MSc thesis workers, doctoral students and postdocs).

For further information, contact Prof. Lauri Rautkari ([email protected])

Kristiina Lillqvist

Senior University Lecturer

Emil Jansson

Doctoral Researcher

Pasi Herranen

Doctoral Researcher

Katja Vahtikari

Doctoral Researcher

Faksawat Poohphajai

Doctoral Researcher

Callum Hill

Visiting Scientist

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Prof Rautkari

Nearly 20 million euros for research

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.

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Anything but an ordinary greenhouse

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Kuvassa Pasi Herranen, Orvokki Ihalainen ja Panu Miettinen

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Wood Wonders exhibition at Helsinki airport. Photo: Anne Kinnunen

New minor: Aalto Wood

For students in any field interested in wood!

Cross-cut wood disk on a wooden table

Wood science teaching

Wood science is taught by the Department of Bioproducts and Bioprocesses.

Cross-cut wood trunk in the forest

Investments in wood competence

Significant sum of donations of 700 000 euros enables high-quality wood science teaching with wider availability.

Sun peaking through Finnish spruce forest

Latest publications:

Degradation by brown rot fungi increases the hygroscopicity of heat-treated wood

Tiina Belt, Michael Altgen, Muhammad Awais, Martin Nopens, Lauri Rautkari 2024 International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation

Insights into the action of phylogenetically diverse microbial expansins on the structure of cellulose microfibrils

Majid Haddad Momeni, Aleksi Zitting, Vilma Jäämuru, Rosaliina Turunen, Paavo Penttilä, Garry W. Buchko, Salla Hiltunen, Natalia Maiorova, Anu Koivula, Janak Sapkota, Kaisa Marjamaa, Emma R. Master 2024 Biotechnology for Biofuels and Bioproducts

Review: interaction of water vapour with wood and other hygro-responsive materials

Callum Hill, Michael Altgen, Paavo Penttilä, Lauri Rautkari 2024 Journal of Materials Science

Side-stream lignins: Potential antioxidant and antimicrobial agents in milk

Crisiane A. Marangon, Caio G. Otoni, Paula C. Bertuso, Patrícia F. Rossi, Danilo M. dos Santos, Tainise V. Lourençon, Virginia C.A. Martins, Ana Maria G. Plepis, Luiz H.C. Mattoso, Marcia Nitschke 2024 FOOD RESEARCH INTERNATIONAL

Bioinspired Living Coating System for Wood Protection: Exploring Fungal Species on Wood Surfaces Coated with Biofinish during Its Service Life

Faksawat Poohphajai, Ana Gubenšek, Anja Černoša, Karen Butina Ogorelec, Lauri Rautkari, Jakub Sandak, Anna Sandak 2024 Coatings

Impact of a conditioning step during the treatment of wood with melamine-formaldehyde resin on dimensional stabilisation

Md Tipu Sultan, Daniela Altgen, Muhammad Awais, Lauri Rautkari, Michael Altgen 2024 Holzforschung

Interlaboratory study of the operational stability of automated sorption balances

Samuel L. Zelinka, Samuel V. Glass, Eleanor Q.D. Lazarcik, Emil E. Thybring, Michael Altgen, Lauri Rautkari, Simon Curling, Jinzhen Cao, Yujiao Wang, Tina Künniger, Gustav Nyström, Christopher Hubert Dreimol, Ingo Burgert, Mohd Khairun Anwar Uyup, Tumirah Khadiran, Mark G. Roper, Darren P. Broom, Matthew Schwarzkopf, Arief Yudhanto, Mohammad Subah, Gilles Lubineau, Maria Fredriksson, Marcin Strojecki, Wiesław Olek, Jerzy Majka, Nanna Bjerregaard Pedersen, Daniel J. Burnett, Armando R. Garcia, Els Verdonck, Frieder Dreisbach, Louis Waguespack, Jennifer Schott, Luis G. Esteban, Alberto Garcia-Iruela, Thibaut Colinart, Romain Rémond, Brahim Mazian, Patrick Perre, Lukas Emmerich, Ling Li 2024 Adsorption

Hollow Filaments from Coaxial Dry-Jet Wet Spinning of a Cellulose Solution in an Ionic Liquid: Wet-Strength and Water Interactions

Shiying Zhang, Guillermo Reyes, Alexey Khakalo, Orlando J. Rojas 2024 Biomacromolecules

Chemical imaging to reveal the resin distribution in impregnation-treated wood at different spatial scales

Michael Altgen, Muhammad Awais, Daniela Altgen, André Klüppel, Gerald Koch, Mikko Mäkelä, Andrea Olbrich, Lauri Rautkari 2023 Materials & design

Limits in reaching the anhydrous state of wood and cellulose

Michael Altgen, Michael Fröba, Julius Gurr, Andreas Krause, Martin Ohlmeyer, Uta Sazama, Wim Willems, Martin Nopens 2023 Cellulose
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