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HYBER – The Academy of Finland's Centre of Excellence


HYBER is the Academy of Finland's Centre of Excellence in Molecular Engineering of Biosynthetic Hybrid Materials research (2014-2019).

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Aalto University/HYBER

Who we are

We work as biological “tailors” combining four groups working on molecular self-assembly, genetic engineering of proteins, biotechnical production of engineered biomolecules, and plant cell wall materials.

Biological tailors

How we are organized




Our aim is to develop a fundamental understanding of how self-assembled multicomponent materials of the future can be designed and produced by using biological starting materials, based on plant cell wall structures and designed biological macromolecules.

Research and publications

Recent research highlights

Aalto University/HYBER Symposium

HYBER activities

HYBER bridges physical and chemical materials science as well as biology and molecular engineering. To promote interaction and communication across disciplines, HYBER organises group meetings, symposia, seminars, and workshops.

Group meetings



Aalto-yliopiston kemian tekniikan korkeakoulun tutkimusta, kuva Mikko Raskinen
Cooperation, Research & Art Published:

Funding for four new Academy Research Fellow and 14 Postdoctoral Researcher posts

The funding for the five-year Academy Research Fellow and the three-year Postdoctoral Researcher posts was awarded by the Academy of Finland's Research Council for Natural Sciences and Engineering.
Environmental_Hydraulics_Lab_Water_Engineering, kuva Mikko Raskinen
Research & Art, University Published:

Five new Academy Research Fellow and three Postdoctoral Researcher posts

The new posts are funded by the Academy of Finland’s Research Council for Biosciences, Health and the Environment, and Research Council for Culture and Society.
Honoured Published:

Charles D. Scott Award for Professor Merja Penttilä

Professor Penttilä will receive the award for her outstanding research contribution in biotechnology for the production of fuels and chemicals.
Sulkeutuva DNA-laite, jonka sisälle entsyymi jää suojaan/ Kuva: Veikko Linko, Boxuan Shen, Heini Ijäs
Research & Art Published:

DNA folds into a smart drug carrier

DNA nanostructures can be programmed to function as pH-responsive cargo carriers, paving the way towards functional drug-delivery vehicles.


Conferences and workshops

Aalto welcomes Nucleic Acid Nanotechnology workshop, 27-29 May 2019

Scientists from around the world who are working on various aspects of nucleic acid nanotechnology will discuss recent advances, fundamental challenges, and emerging trends in this fascinating research field meet in Otaniemi.

Defence of dissertation in the field of Bioproduct Technology, M.Sc. (Food) Annamari Jukkola

The title of the dissertation is Fractionation of Milk Fat Globule Membranes in Butter Processing
Lectures and seminars

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Where to find us

Nanotalo building

Address: Puumiehenkuja 2
Mon-Fri 7.45-16.00

Nanotalo. Puumiehenkuja 2. Kuva / Image: Aalto-yliopisto / Mikko Raskinen / Aalto University

School of Chemical Engineering building

Address: Kemistintie 1
Mon-Thu 7.45-20.00, Fri 7.45-18.00.

Kemistintie 1 (pienempi). Kuva/Image: Aalto-yliopisto / Mikko Raskinen / Aalto University

Vuorimiehentie 1

Aalto Bioproduct Centre.
Address: Vuorimiehentie 1
Mon-Fri 7.45-16.00

Vuorimiehentie 1
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