Department of Chemistry and Materials Science

Multifunctional Materials Design

The Multifunctional Materials Design research group (MMD) lead by Prof. Jaana Vapaavuori focuses on experimental studies of soft materials, as well as inorganic-organic hybrids. Our ultimate goal is to combine multiple functionalities in the same material through supramolecular chemistry and designing hierarchical structures. We also aim to convert external stimuli into useful responses via photoactuation, photovoltaics and photocatalysis.
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Charlotte Zborowski and Pedro Silva start as Data Agents at the School of Chemical Engineering

Aalto research data management network has two new members, Charlotte Zborowski and Pedro Silva. Their aim is to support data management practices at the School of Chemical Engineering.


Creating solar cells and glass from wood – or a billion tons of biowaste

Researchers map out how biomass from plants could replace unrenewable resources in optical applications


Our research focuses and group members

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MMD research focuses

Multifunctional Materials Design research group's research focuses

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Multifunctional Materials Design: research group members

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Our projects:

Beyond e-Textiles project

Nordic network on smart light-conversion textiles beyond electric circuits

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Aalto University Bioinnovation Center

To achieve human wellbeing in planetary boundaries, we need new sustainable solutions to wisely use our natural resources. The Bioinnovation Center especially focuses on innovations in sustainable bio-based materials, with special focus on textiles and packaging.

EARMetal project

Electrochemically-Assisted Aqueous Reduction of Waste Streams for Metals Recovery and Functional Surfaces

MMD FinnCERES projects

MMD projects funded by FinnCERES

ModelCom project

Autonomously adapting and communicating modular textiles

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Multifunctional, high performance cellulose-based substrates for photovoltaics and optoelectronics

SUPER-WEAR project

Super-stretchable functionalized materials and fibers for third generation wearable technology


Continuous monitoring of hypothermia in elderly people by the novel integrated wearable sensor system based on cellulose hydrogel and metallic nanowires

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Contact information:

Professor Jaana Vapaavuori
Professor Jaana Vapaavuori

We are a group that embraces cross-disciplinary research and co-creative approaches. If you are interested in our projects or join the group, please contact Prof. Vapaavuori by e-mail.

Mailing address: Department of Chemistry and Materials Science, Aalto University, P.O. Box 16100, FI-00076 AALTO, Finland

Visiting address: Office B209b, Kemistintie 1 (Chemistry building), 02150 Espoo, Finland

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+358 50 384 1658

You can approach us by sending an e-mail to [email protected]

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Latest publications:

Biowaste-derived electrode and electrolyte materials for flexible supercapacitors

Yazan Al Haj, Seyedabolfazl Mousavihashemi, Daria Robertson, Maryam Borghei, Timo Pääkkönen, Orlando J. Rojas, Eero Kontturi, Tanja Kallio, Jaana Vapaavuori 2022 Chemical Engineering Journal

Tuning the Porosity, Water Interaction, and Redispersion of Nanocellulose Hydrogels by Osmotic Dehydration

Valentina Guccini, Josphat Phiri, Jon Trifol, Ville Rissanen, Seyede Maryam Mousavi, Jaana Vapaavuori, Tekla Tammelin, Thaddeus Maloney, Eero Kontturi 2022 ACS Applied Polymer Materials

Plant-Based Structures as an Opportunity to Engineer Optical Functions in Next-Generation Light Management

Joice Jaqueline Kaschuk, Yazan Al Haj, Orlando J. Rojas, Kati Miettunen, Tiffany Abitbol, Jaana Vapaavuori 2022 Advanced Materials

Lightweight lignocellulosic foams for thermal insulation

Tia Lohtander, Reima Herrala, Päivi Laaksonen, Sami Franssila, Monika Österberg 2022 Cellulose

Stability improvement of MAPbI3-based perovskite solar cells using a photoactive solid-solid phase change material

Seyede Maryam Mousavi, Maryam Alidaei, Farzaneh Arabpour Roghabadi, Vahid Ahmadi, Seyed Mojtaba Sadrameli, Jaana Vapaavuori 2022 Journal of Alloys and Compounds

Probing interfacial interactions and dynamics of polymers enclosed in boron nitride nanotubes

Jukka Niskanen, Yanming Xue, Dmitri Golberg, Françoise M. Winnik, Christian Pellerin, Jaana Vapaavuori 2022 Journal of Polymer Science

Intertwining Material Science and Textile Thinking : Aspects of Contrast and Collaboration

Emmi Pouta, Riia Vidgren, Jaana Vapaavuori, Mithila Mohan 2022 The Design Research Society Conference (DRS2022)

Recent progress and challenges facing ballast water treatment – A review

Burcu Sayinli, Yujiao Dong, Yuri Park, Amit Bhatnagar, Mika Sillanpää 2022 Chemosphere

Transparent conductive electrode based on LBL deposition of graphene oxide and copper nanowires

B. Tugba Camic, Jaana Vapaavuori, Fevzihan Basarir 2022 Materials Letters

Optically transparent pectin/poly(methyl methacrylate) composite with thermal insulation and UV blocking properties based on anisotropic pectin cryogel

Fangxin Zou, Hailong Li, Yujiao Dong, Girish C. Tewari, Jaana Vapaavuori 2022 Chemical Engineering Journal
More information on our research in the Research database.
Research database


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Multifunctional Materials Design: highlights of 2021 and aspirations for 2022

Overview of research group achievements and future plans
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ModelCom project presentation to students

Presentation by ModelCom researchers to Aalto students
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MMD pre-Xmas event 2021

Multifunctional Materials Design research group's end-of-the-year celebration
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MMD Journal Club

Multifunctional Materials Design research group members present publications from high impact scientific journals


FinnCERES Scientific Seminar 2022

FinnCERES Scientific Seminar 2022: Back to Fundamentals - Fibre, Water & Interactions

The FinnCERES Scientific Seminar 2022 Back to Fundamentals - Fibre, Water & Interactions will explore the full potential of bio-based raw materials. This year we will focus on how to fully harness the inherent properties of all the lignocellulosic fractions to develop new bio-based and bio-inspired materials.

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MMD Colloquium 2022: Wearables Technology

Multifunctional Materials Design: a series of online lectures by invited guests

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