Research & Art

Materials and sustainable use of natural resources

Materials research ranges from the performance and design of materials, condensed-matter and materials physics, nanotechnology, bio-based materials, and mechanics to the sustainable use of natural resources.
An abstract composition of different metals and forms.
Mixed compositions. Photo by Eeva Suorlahti.

Our expertise in the area of materials covers a wide range of fields: from the performance and design of materials, condensed-matter and materials physics, nanoscience and nanotechnology, mechanics and materials to the sustainable use and processing of natural resources.

Also, our materials research contributes to diverse applications in ICT, energy and health technologies, textile design for fashion industry, bio-based product and arts design, and many other areas of industry.

 

Materials Research at Aalto University

The materials research at Aalto University is well-established in excellence.

  • Publications in materials science at Aalto are cited 55% more than the world average (MNCS 1.55);
  • 17.8% of our publications belong to the most cited 10% in the world (Top 10 = 17.8%);
  • Aalto hosts two Academy of Finland Centres of Excellence and over ten ongoing ERC grants related to materials research.
  • The annual budget of the materials related research at Aalto is 75 million euros, from which one-third comes from external sources, such as the EU, Finnish ministries, and foundations.

 

The Aalto Networking Platform promotes cross-disciplinary collaborations and communication, inside and outside Aalto University, to advance the field of materials science and its applications. 

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Latest news in this area

Breast cancer tissue in a culture model in which hormone receptors disappear (left) and within the culture model developed in this study which maintains the hormone receptors (right). The hormone receptors are indicated in green. Photo: Pauliina Munne.
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Finnish researchers developed mini-breast cancer as a new weapon against the most common type of breast cancer

Breast cancer researchers from the University of Helsinki and material scientists from Aalto University have jointly developed a gel-grown “mini-breast cancer” that will help uncover more effective treatments against hormone-dependent breast cancer.
Toni Kotnik_professor_Dept of Architecture_photo Mika Vartiainen_Aalto Studios
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Toni Kotnik: Thinking in Structures

Kotnik wants to reform the traditional way of designing the built environment.  
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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
A detail of spider silk material developed in Aalto University, image Fotoni Film & Communications
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Two new Centres of Excellence to Aalto University – the university is also involved in two consortia

Electromechanical Energy Conversion and Transfer and Life-Inspired Hybrid Materials were chosen as Centres of Excellence led by Aalto University

Flagships and Centres of Excellence

Birch leaves. Photo: Valeria Azovskaya

FinnCERES - Flagship for boosting bioeconomy (external link)

Boosting the world’s bioeconomy by developing new bio-based materials with Aalto University and VTT, companies, and research organizations through a shared passion to create a sustainable future and a belief in innovations based on solid scientific foundations.

The LIBER Centre

The LIBER Centre will be launched via the Academy of Finland's Centre of Excellence Programme 2022-2029, as the CoE in Life Inspired Hybrid Materials. LIBER combines eight research groups working on molecular self-assembly, soft robotics, surfaces and interfaces, and computational modelling, genetic engineering of proteins, and biotechnological production of engineered biomolecules.

Researcher at Aalto University fixating a tool for graphene research purposes

GRAPHENE Flagship

The Graphene Flagship represents a new form of joint, coordinated research on an unprecedented scale, forming Europe's biggest ever research initiative.

The Graphene Flagship is tasked with bringing together academic and industrial researchers to take graphene from the realm of academic laboratories into European society in the space of 10 years, thus generating economic growth, new jobs and new opportunities.

Aalto Materials Platform

Infrastructure

Kvanttibitit. Kuva: Jan Goetz.

OtaNano

OtaNano is a national research infrastructure (RI) focusing on competitive research in nanoscience and -technology, and in quantum technologies.

Aalto Ice Tank

Aalto Ice Tank

Aalto Ice Tank is a multipurpose basin ideally suited for testing ships and other maritime structures in ice conditions.

Research and learning infrastructures
Arts_Infra - PrintLab workshop by Jaakko Kahilaniemi

Workshops - Aalto School of Arts, Design and Architecture

At the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, hands-on learning is essential. Our students have access to one of the finest workshop environment in the world, with a very high workshop to student ratio.

Bioeconomy Infrastructure

Research infrastructure (external link)

Learn more about our research equipment

Anturipiiri

Aalto Electronics-ICT - Electronics test facilities

School of Electrical Engineering offers 4 electronic test facilities

Services

Featured research bodies

Photo: Nina Riutta

Bio2Future PhD Summer School - bioeconomy courses for postgraduates

Aalto University has launched a summer school to support PhD students who are studying bioeconomy-related subjects. Bio2Future offers 1-2 high-level postgraduate courses each summer in a range of current subject areas.

Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems
Empirica tutkimusryhmän työtä

Empirica – Research on art, design and culture (external link)

Group approaches research with an attitude, where making, acting and engaging play important roles.

Illustration of a tree in soil with details of roots, carbon, nutrients

Carbon Lane -project

Carbon Lane (CarLa) is an EIT Climate-KIC funded project which takes place during 2019. The project explores practical carbon drawdown solutions for urban green areas

Department of Design
Aalto University/Ioncell-F

Ioncell-F

Ioncell-F technology developed at Aalto University in collaboration with the University of Helsinki converts wood into textiles without any harmful chemicals.

Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems
Image from remote site: batcircle.aalto.fi

BATCircle consortium (external link)

BATCircle aims at improving the manufacturing processes of battery chemicals and the mining and metals industries and to increase the recycling of lithium-ion batteries.

Our departments in this area

Low Temperature Laboratory

Department of Applied Physics

The Department of Applied Physics pursues vigorous research in physical sciences and creates important industrial applications that hold great technological potential.

Illustration of combined TMS and EEG methods

Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering

We study system-level dynamic functions of the human brain, mind and body.

 Simone Haslinger and Sherif Elsayed in the laboratory

Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems

Enabling bio and circular economy

Researchers in the lab

Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering

Sustainable future with high performance products

Students and teaching staff at the Aalto University Environmental Hydraulics Lab

Department of Built Environment

Water resources, spatial data, sustainable asset management and safe transportation.

Researcher at the Department of Civil Engineering

Department of Civil Engineering

The Department of Civil Engineering aims to build the structures of tomorrow through research, education and collaboration.

Research machine surfing on the ice at the Aalto Ice Tank.

Department of Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is a leading multidisciplinary research establishment with strong industrial ties and impact on industry and society alike.

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Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation is an ecosystem where scientists and engineers from different fields of microsystems, electrical engineering and automation work together to solve the most challenging scientific problems.

Aalto University / Aalto satellite / photo: Mikko Raskinen

Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering

Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering (ELE) conducts research and arranges related teaching courses in the fields of electromagnetics, micro and nanotechnology, radio engineering, and space technology.

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Aalto Design Research

Aalto Design Research is a leading centre of excellence of enquiry in and through design.

Department of Design
A coat made of Ioncell. Design: Anna-Mari Leppisaari. Photo: Eeva Suorlahti

Fashion/Textile Futures

The Fashion/Textile Futures research group explores new perspectives on human-centered design research. The group approaches research in the field of fashion, clothing and textiles in multi-faceted ways.

Department of Design

Key research area contact

 Dr. Heidi Henrickson

Dr. Heidi Henrickson

Manager, Materials & Sustainable Use of Natural Resources | Arts & Design Knowledge-Building Key research areas, Aalto Networking Platform
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