The LIBER Center of Excellence

LIBER community


The Center of Excellence in Life Inspired Hybrid Materials (LIBER) was launched via the Academy of Finland's Center of Excellence Programme 2022-2029.

LIBER aims to create dynamic and soft hybrid materials with capability to learn, adapt or response to the environment.

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LIBER Research groups


LIBER consortium includes eight multidisciplinary research groups from Aalto University, VTT and Tampere University.

LIBER combines expertise on molecular self-assembly, soft robotics, surfaces and interfaces, genetic engineering of proteins, biotechnological production of engineered biomolecules, and computational modelling.

Read more about LIBER principal investigators and the research teams.

LIBER Events

LIBER Seminars

LIBER Seminars

Bi-weekly internal seminars bring all the research groups together to share and discuss their latest research outputs.

LIBER social events

LIBER social events

Social events to catalyse academic collaborations.

LIBER symposiums

LIBER Symposia

Our annual symposia bring together experts from LIBER-related research areas from all around the world.

The LIBER Center of Excellence
LIBER workshops

LIBER Workshops

LIBER workshops promote internal interactions and collaborations among LIBER community.

The LIBER Center of Excellence

LIBER Facilities and Equipment

LIBER takes advantage of the excellent research facilities available at Aalto, Tampere and VTT.

LIBER Facilities and Equipment
LIBER facilities and Equipment
The HYBER Center of Excellence


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The path of least resistance

Antimicrobial resistance is causing a silent, stealthy pandemic – and the pipeline of new antibiotics is dwindling. The good news is that researchers are turning to other ways to fight bacteria, by targeting the very weapons they deploy during an infection.
Microscopic image of giant gas vesicles.
Press releases, Research & Art Published:

Coating bubbles with protein results in a highly stable contrast agent for medical use

Researchers developed bubbles that are safe, highly stable, and function as contrast agent in medical applications. They could be used to diagnose, for example, cardiological issues, blood flow, and liver lesions.
Merja Penttilä
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Merja Penttilä receives honorary title of Academician of Science

Merja Penttilä's specific focus is on so-called cell factories, microorganisms that are engineered to produce biobased products for energy, health, materials and other applications.
A portrait of Maria Sammalkorpi.
Research & Art Published:

Ascending Investigator Grant from Novo Nordisk Foundation awarded to Maria Sammalkorpi for computational biosynthetic materials research

Senior Scientist Maria Sammalkorpi has been awarded the highly competed Ascending Investigator 2022 Grant from Novo Nordisk Foundation for a total of ca 9 million DKK (1.2M€).

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 Prof. Markus Linder

Prof. Markus Linder

LIBER director
 Prof. Jaakko Timonen

Prof. Jaakko Timonen

LIBER vice-director
 Dr. Maryam Borghei

Dr. Maryam Borghei

LIBER coordinator

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