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FinnCERES Steering Group is the main decision-making body in the Flagship.
Steering Group is responsible for specifying the strategic objectives and the operation strategy of the Flagship.
In addition, it supervises the implementation of the Flagship by evaluating and ensuring the focus of research activities.
The Steering Group of FinnCERES consists of seven members:
Dean Kristiina Kruus
Kristiina Kruus works as the Dean in the School of Chemical Engineering at Aalto University. She obtained her doctoral degree from Helsinki University of Technology, Department of Chemical Engineering. Most of her scientific work is related to enzymatic modification and degradation of plant biomass. Kristiina Kruus has published more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers and book chapters. During 1997-2018, she worked at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland in different positions, the last eight years as Research Professor in the area of applied enzymology of renewable biomasses. She is a member of the Academy of Finland Research Council of Biosciences Health and the Environment (2016-) and a docent at the University of Helsinki, Faculty of Forestry and Agriculture.
Tiina Nakari-Setälä has made an extensive career at VTT in many different positions that have provided her an excellent perspective and expertise on R&D&I. She is particularly interested in developing research strategies and commercializing research results into tangible solutions to meet market and customer needs through technology transfer, licensing and spinoffs. Research and business in bio-based value chains and circular economy are close to her heart.
Janne Laine has diverse leadership experience from holding various positions at Aalto University – he has served as Dean of the School of Chemical Engineering and as Head and Vice Head of Forest Products Technology, and as Professor of Forest Products Chemistry. Laine holds a number of national and international positions of trust. At Aalto, he has built programmes on industrial collaboration, entrepreneurship and multidisciplinary research, and has been responsible for commercializing Ioncell™ and AaltoCell™ technologies. Tens of patents and several startup companies have emerged from projects under his leadership.
Jussi Manninen has diverse experience in management of strategic research and development programmes as well as whole research organizations. He focuses on building research collaboration networks and on technology transfer to industry. His main expertise covers bioeconomy and resource-efficient processes as well as process simulation and optimization.
Professor Olli Ikkala
Professor Ikkala heads the Molecular Materials laboratory in the Department of Applied Physics at Aalto University and the Centre of Excellence in Molecular Engineering of Biosynthetic Hybrid Materials Research (HYBER) of the Academy of Finland. His research interests involve developing functional materials based on hierarchical self-assemblies, biomimetics, and materials originating from nature, such as nanocellulose.
Research Professor Tammelin’s research draws on the inherent features of cell wall systems: their components and functions. The prime target is the generation of new knowledge of lignocellulose-based materials and their behaviour to pave the way toward novel biomaterial solutions.
Professor Orlando Rojas
Professor Rojas focuses on finding competitive alternatives to fossil materials through research into bio-based materials at different size scales, mainly those displaying large interfacial areas, such as micro- or nanofibres, fibre networks, particles and colloidal systems. His mission, given his international experience, is to gain a worldwide impact for FinnCERES by partnering with other research clusters with shared interests.
The practical management of FinnCERES is carried out through the Executive Team.
The Executive Team is responsible for following the progress and ensuring the focus of research projects in the Flagship.
It is also responsible for preparing recommendations to aid decision making in the Steering Group.
The Executive Team of FinnCERES consists of ten members:
Professor Rojas focuses on finding competitive alternatives to fossil materials through research into bio-based materials at different size scales, mainly those displaying large interfacial areas such as micro- or nanofibres, fibre networks, particles and colloidal systems. His mission, given his international experience, is to gain a worldwide impact for FinnCERES by partnering with other research clusters with shared interests.
Research Professor Tammelin’s research draws on the inherent features of cell wall systems: its components and functions. The prime target is the generation of new knowledge of lignocellulose-based materials and their behaviour to pave the way towards novel biomaterial solutions.
Professor Eero Kontturi’s research interests lie broadly within interfacial phenomena occurring in plant-based materials. This includes surface reactions (particularly gas-solid), adsorption-based approaches and fundamental analytics utilizing ultrathin films. The general aim is to develop new materials through a fundamental physico-chemical understanding of plant-based materials (especially cellulose).
Vice President Kristian Salminen is in charge of VTT’s biomass processing and products research area. This area contains advanced cellulose and lignin products, fibre product manufacturing technologies like foam forming, high performance fibre products, biocomposites and processing, biomass processing technologies and biorefining chemistry, among others.
Antti Karttunen is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Materials Science at Aalto. His research is focused on materials modelling with quantum chemical methods, and in FinnCERES, he contributes to biomaterials modelling efforts. Quantum chemical biomaterials modelling can be used to study the electronic properties, spectroscopy and atomic-scale reactivity of various cellulose modifications
Katariina Torvinen is the Research Manager of Biomass Processing and Products BA at VTT. A demonstrated history of working in the research industry and new bio-based products also at the pilot scale. Skilled in paper and board, R&D, biocomposites, nanocellulose, printed electronics, chemistry, materials science, and physics. Her current main responsibilities include developing relevant research strategies and a future portfolio with extensive interest in circular bio-economy and resource sufficiency.
Assistant Professor Jaana Vapaavuori leads the Multifunctional Materials Design group at Aalto, which focuses on experimental studies of soft materials, as well as inorganic-organic hybrids. Her current research involves studying bio-sourced polymer templates for solar energy conversion and manufacturing of hierarchically structured multifunctional materials and surfaces, for example.
D.Sc. (Tech) Hannes Orelma studies the behaviours of lignocellulose materials in a broad range of applications: from diagnostics to packages. He has a background in surface and colloid science of lignocellulose materials, and he does research actively: from academic-oriented fundamental science to industry-related application development.
Jukka Hassinen, D.Sc. (Tech) in Applied Physics, has expertise in the preparation and advanced characterization of nanomaterials, and their applications in water purification and photonics. He is an organized, open-minded and adaptable project manager flavoured with a pinch of common sense.
Stina Grönqvist, D.Sc. (Tech) in Chemical Engineering, has expertise in enzymatic modification of lignocellulose materials aiming at enhanced fibre properties or cellulose dissolution. She is an IPMA Level C certified project manager with strong experience in project planning and management.