Main focus areas include synthesis and characterization of polymers and development of new materials utilizing polymerization techniques and composite technology. This requires a sound knowledge of chemistry, chemical engineering and material science. Particular fields of interest are polymerization reaction engineering and chemical modification of polymers.
Current research topics include e.g.: novel biomaterials for 3D fabrication of biomedical applications as well as novel sustainable and super-strong biopolymers. High-quality of the research is assured by a professional and efficient staff as well as first-class comprehensive research equipment.
Research projects in Polymer Technology are funded by Academy of Finland and Business Finland. Some projects include co-operation with companies to develop novel industrial polymers with cutting-edge competitive properties. International and national co-operation is active in many projects.
Key research areas
- Novel polymerization reactions and catalysis
- Polymerization reactors and process design
- Polymer materials properties and structure property correlations
- Compatibilization in polymer blends and composites
- Utilization of rapid prototyping methods in preparation of biomaterials
- Nanocomposites including conductive or bioactive composites
- Chemical modification of renewable raw materials such nanocellulose
- Synthesis and modification of biodegradable polymers
Cra-Max-S, Business Finland, 2017-2020
Patient specific composite scaffolds for treatment of large craniomaxillofacial defects.
The aim of the Cra-Max-S project is to create new personalized treatments for healthcare and improve treatment results in large bone defects in the cranio-maxillofacial area by developing a functional workflow for producing custom made implants.
The Cra-Max-S project is research collaboration project combining in depth knowledge from:
- Research Group of Polymer Technology at Aalto University
- Advanced Production Technologies research group at Aalto University
- Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Diseases, University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Hospital
- Department of Biomaterials Science and Technology, University of Twente (The Netherlands).
Design Driven Value Chains in the World of Cellulose (DWoC), Tekes, 2013-2018
A multi-disciplinary research collaboration project funded by Tekes, focused on finding new and innovative applications for cellulosic materials. The DWoC project combines design thinking and design-driven prototyping with a strong competence in technology development. The goal is to make Finland the source of value-added cellulosic products and business concepts and to accelerate the transformation of the current large-scale forest industry into a dynamic ecosystem for the bioeconomy containing both large and small-scale businesses. Major application areas include textiles, fashion, interior decoration, health products, architecture and construction.
3D-Biomat-project, Academy of Finland Bio-Future program
The 3D-Biomat project focuses on three areas:
- Synthesis and development of polymeric biomaterials.
- Application of the developed materials using advanced 3D production technologies.
- Analysis of the value chain all the way to novel exploitation models in order to achieve a societal impact.
The project combines the in depth knowledge of three research groups from different fields in a complementary manner. Involved are Professor Jukka Seppäläs research group of Polymer technology, Professor Orlando Rojas BiCMat-research group and Professor Jouni Partanens Advanced Production Technologies research group.
AFPM - Advanced Functional Polymers for Medicine 2019
Welcome to AFPM 2019 in Espoo, Finland. The Advanced Functional Polymers for Medicine (AFPM) 2019 conference will be held in Espoo, Finland from June 5th to June 7th, 2019. The conference venue is at the campus of Aalto University in Otaniemi, Espoo located close to the capital Helsinki.