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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MMD group in 2022

The MMD research group is mapping the spaces between disciplines

The Multifunctional Materials Design research group (MMD) led by professor Jaana Vapaavuori focuses on experimental studies of soft materials, as well as inorganic-organic hybrids. The group’s ultimate goal is to combine multiple functionalities in the same material. Central to the group’s success are their efforts to stay open to ideas outside their own field, as well as the academic community itself.

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Our research focuses and group members

Beakers / Photo by Aalto University, Aleksi Poutanen

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Multifunctional Materials Design research group (MMD)

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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

Beyond e-Textiles webpage, main image. Image by Aalto University, Giulnara Launonen, Maija Vaara, Mithila Mohan

AIyarn project (Bioinnovation)

AI-guided biohybrid assembly platform for e-textiles

AIyarn project main image. Photo by Aalto University / Matteo Iannacchero, Maija Vaara

EARMetal project

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

EARMetal webpage, main image. Photo by Aalto University, Maija Vaara, Mithila Mohan

MMD FinnCERES projects

MMD projects funded by FinnCERES

MMD FinnCERES projects main image. Photo by Aalto University / Mithila Mohan, Maija Vaara

ModelCom project

Autonomously adapting and communicating modular textiles

ModelCom webpage, main image, nylon yarn helix. Photo by Aalto University, Maija Vaara

SUBSTAINABLE project

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

SUBSTAINABLE webpage, main image. Photo by Aalto University, Maija Vaara, Mithila Mohan

SUPER-WEAR project

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

SUPER-WEAR webpage, main image. Photo by Aalto University, Maija Vaara, Mithila Mohan

WEARSENSNANO project

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

WEARSENSNANO webpage, main image. Photo by Aalto University, Maija Vaara, Mithila Mohan

 

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 to 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

Lobby service in the Chemistry building: 
+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

Perspective about Cellulose-Based Pressure and Strain Sensors for Human Motion Detection

Fevzihan Basarir, Joice Jaqueline Kaschuk, Jaana Vapaavuori 2022 Biosensors

Waste Biomass Valorisation for the Development of Sustainable Cellulosic Aerogels and their Sound Absorption Properties

Isaac Benito-González, Jose Cucharero, Yazan Al Haj, Tuomas Hänninen, Tapio Lokki, Marta Martínez-Sanz, Amparo López-Rubio, Antonio Martínez-Abad, Jaana Vapaavuori 2022 Advanced Sustainable Systems

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)
More information on our research in the Research database.
Research database

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MMD group in 2022
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The MMD research group is mapping the spaces between disciplines

The Multifunctional Materials Design research group (MMD) led by professor Jaana Vapaavuori focuses on experimental studies of soft materials, as well as inorganic-organic hybrids. The group’s ultimate goal is to combine multiple functionalities in the same material. Central to the group’s success are their efforts to stay open to ideas outside their own field, as well as the academic community itself.
Colorful pattern
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Multifunctional Materials Design: highlights of 2021 and aspirations for 2022

Overview of research group achievements and future plans
Photo by Unto Rautio / Aalto University
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ModelCom project presentation to students

Presentation by ModelCom researchers to Aalto students
MMD pre-Xmas event poster (November 24th, 2021) / Image by Aalto University, Giulnara Chinakaeva
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MMD pre-Xmas event 2021

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

Events

MMD Colloquium 2022 main image

MMD Colloquium 2022: Wearables Technology

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

Events
Aalto Family Day 2022

Aalto Family Day 2022

Aalto personnel, alumni and their families are warmly welcome to the Aalto campus at Otaniemi to explore workshops and exhibitions, enjoy art and learn about new technologies.

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