Mark Hughes

T107 Bioproducts and Biosystems

Mark Hughes holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering, obtained in 1984 from Portsmouth University, UK, a MSc in Forest Industries Technology from Bangor University, UK and a PhD in Wood Science, also from Bangor University. After obtaining his PhD in 2000, he worked for 6 years as a research manager at the BioComposites Centre, a contract research institute based at Bangor University, successful setting-up and managing the materials group there. He moved to Finland in 2006, taking up a position at Helsinki University of Technology (now Aalto University), first as research manager and then as full professor, with effect from 1st January 2007. His research interests are diverse, ranging from structure-property relationships in wood and composite materials, through wood modification, to the use of wood in resource-efficient construction. In the past 5 years, his work has focused on improving the sustainability of wood construction by using it to enhance the energy-efficiency of buildings as well as studying how circular economy principles might be applied to the wood value chain. His research interests also encompass the role that biomaterials can play in mitigating climate change, when used in the built environment. He has authored or co-authored around 100 publications that have appeared in the scientific literature, seven book chapters and contributed to a large number of conferences and other events over the years.     

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Wood, WoodLife, Wood2New, Micromechanics, wood-based composites, Climate change, composite materials, biobased fibres, Sustainability, Construction, 216 Materials engineering, 2 Engineering and technology, Wood and paper materials

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  • Wood Material Technology, Professor


Evaluation of natural weathering and thermal degradation behavior of furfurylated bamboo strips at different weight percent gain

Xinyao Liu, Junjia Liu, Youming Dong, Mark Hughes, Miao Wu, Jianzhang Li 2022 European Journal of Wood and Wood Products

Inventory of Timber in Finnish Residential Houses

Bahareh Nasiri, Mark Hughes 2022 Digital Proceedings 17th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems

Challenge-based, interdisciplinary learning for sustainability in doctoral education

Chiara Piccardo, Yutaka Goto, Deniz Koca, Pasi Aalto, Mark Hughes 2022 International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

Summary report InFutUReWood – Innovative Design for the Future – Use and Reuse of Wood (Building) Components

Karin Sandberg, Ylva Sandin, Annete Harte, Elizabeth Shotton, Mark Hughes, Daniel Ridley-Ellis, Goran Turk, Guillermo Íñiguez-González, Michael Risse, Carmen Cristescu 2022

The fiber-matrix interface in Ioncell cellulose fiber composites and its implications for the mechanical performance

Mindaugas Bulota, Simona Sriubaite, Anne Michud, Kaarlo Nieminen, Mark Hughes, Herbert Sixta, Michael Hummel 2021 Journal of Applied Polymer Science

The physicochemical properties of cellulose surfaces modified with (depolymerised) suberin and suberin fatty acid

Berhane Handiso, Juan José Valle-Delgado, Leena Sisko Johansson, Mark Hughes 2021 Industrial Crops and Products

Environmental Impact of Wood Modification

Callum Hill, Mark Hughes, Daniel Gudsell 2021 Coatings