What’s cooking? Bio-based material experiments by CHEMARTS

From a bio-adhesive to reed panels and cellulose foam, a unique work created in collaboration with designers and biomaterial researchers shows what natural materials can do.
Bioslime by Chiao-wen Hsu & Yu Chen. Photo: Eeva Suorlahti
Bioslime by Chiao-wen Hsu & Yu Chen. Photo: Eeva Suorlahti

The newest bio-based material experiments from CHEMARTS courses & The CHEMARTS Cookbook 

In the coming years, our material world will change dramatically. To facilitate the change, we need to know the origin of materials, how they are processed and used, and how they can be kept in closed-loop systems as long as possible.  

Bio-based materials are often considered the best alternatives to currently dominant fossil-based ones. As part of that movement, Aalto’s CHEMARTS collaboration aims to inspire people to learn about materials in general and to explore how the innovative use of wood and plant-based materials, in particular, might help us to transform our material world. The CHEMARTS Cookbook was published in spring 2020 to share the students' experimental projects and the best recipes from the recent years.

The exhibition showcases a curated selection of student projects from CHEMARTS Summer School 2020. 

CHEMARTS Summer School students:

  • Aman Asif, Auri Lukkarinen, Bingdie Huang, Edith Kankkunen, Elina Onkinen, Ene Rönkkö, Hanna Arhe, Henna Salminen, Hilla Ruuska, Irene Purasachit, Jasmin Hiekkamies, Kitty Zheng, Laura Rusanen, Linh Tong, Mira Niittymäki, Niina Hyry, Noor Agourram, Petra Lehtinen, Riikka Savolainen, Ruut Launo, Sonja Dallyn and Tessa Dean.

CHEMARTS Summer School tutors:

  • Pirjo Kääriäinen, Nina Riutta, Iines Jakovlev, Eveliina Juuri and Talisa Dwiyani (Aalto ARTS), Tapani Vuorinen, Iina Solala and Jinze Dou (Aalto CHEM)

More information: Pirjo Kääriäinen [email protected] +358 50 381 0217 

CHEMARTS is the long-term collaboration project of the School of Chemical Engineering (CHEM) and the School of Arts, Design and Architecture (ARTS). These schools combined forces in 2011 with the aim of researching bio-based materials in innovative ways and creating new concepts for their advanced use. The core values of CHEMARTS are the sustainable use of natural resources, experimental working methods, and the respectful cross-pollination of design and material research.  

CHEMARTS arranges multidisciplinary study courses and a Summer School for degree students, thesis projects, and workshops for elementary and high school students. It also participates in externally funded research projects. 


https://chemarts.aalto.fiGet the CHEMARTS Cookbook

CHEMARTS Cookbook for material enthusiasts. Photo: Eeva Suorlahti

The CHEMARTS Cookbook

Inspiration for Material Enthusiasts

CHEMARTS Summer school 2019

Chemartsing with Bio-based Materials

CHEMARTS Summer School 2019 explored novel material solutions and their innovative applications


Close the loops

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