The LIBER Centre of Excellence

Biological tailors

Our four research groups work as biological “tailors” on molecular self-assembly, genetic engineering of proteins, biotechnical production of engineered biomolecules, and plant cell wall materials.
Aalto University/HYBER

HYBER combines research groups with a broad knowledge of physical and chemical materials science to create a multidisciplinary and creative research environment. We merge materials science with biology and molecular engineering to understand and develop new concepts for materials and programmable systems.

HYBER's Research Topics


Research in the HYBER Centre of Excellence is organized into three broad research areas:

  1. Composites: developing fundamental scientific understanding of biomolecular design, supramolecular engineering, and the methods needed for molecular genetics and biological production to create the next generation of strong, tough, and lightweight materials.
  2. Colloids: developing concepts for supracolloidal assemblies based on one-dimensional topochemically tailored nanocellulose colloidal rods and spherical colloids involving proteins, viruses, dendrimers, and nanoparticles, ultimately bridging the gap between the molecular level structures of supramolecular chemistry and macroscopic structures.
  3. Dynamics: exploring dynamic materials using two different approaches. In one, the focus is on a physical approach to achieve a fundamental understanding of “the onset of complexity” using simple model systems. In the other approach, we make use of molecular biology, where through synthetic biology we will use the programmability of genetic systems to achieve not only control of the structure of gene products but also their expression in time and position.
HYBER organization

Research areas, sub-themes & main investigators.

Other HYBER members :

Biohybrid Materials Professor Mauri Kostiainen

Soft Matter and Wetting Professor Robin Ras

Active Matter Professor Jaakko Timonen

Nanomicroscopy Center Professor Janne Ruokolainen

Affiliated HYBER Members:

Folding with Halogen Bonding

  • Visiting Professor Pierangelo Metrangolo. Department of Chemistry, Materials, and Chemical Engineering “Giulio Natta”, Politecnico di Milano

Plant Cells for Materials

  • Prof. Janne Laine (Former PI). Dean of Aalto University School of Chemical Engineering

Nanostructures and Materials

  • Prof. Päivi Laaksonen, Häme University of Applied Sciences
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