Our People

Key contacts

Orlando Rojas

Professor

FinnCERES Research PI

Aalto University

orlando.rojas@aalto.fi

Tekla Tammelin

Research Professor

FinnCERES Research PI

VTT

tekla.tammelin@vtt.fi

Flagship Managers

Jukka Hassinen

FinnCERES Flagship Manager

D.Sc. (Tech)

Aalto University

info@finnceres.fi

Stina Grönqvist

FinnCERES Flagship Manager

D.Sc. (Tech)

VTT

info@finnceres.fi

Official representatives of the host organizations

Kristiina Mäkelä

Provost

FinnCERES PI

Aalto University

Tiina Nakari-Setälä

Vice President Research

FinnCERES PI

VTT

Industry collaboration

Petri Silenius

Corporate Relations Manager

D.Sc. (Tech)

Aalto University

industry@finnceres.fi

Alina Ruonala-Lindgren

Co-creation Manager

M.Sc. (Tech)

VTT

industry@finnceres.fi

 
 

Steering Group

 

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
Aalto

Kristiina Kruus works as the Dean in the School of Cemical Engineering in Aalto University.  She obtained her doctoral degree from Helsinki University of Technology, Department of Chemical Engineering. Most of her scientific work is related in 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 the 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.

 

 

Vice President Strategy and Business Intelligence Tiina Nakari-Setälä
VTT

Tiina Nakari-Setälä has made an extensive career at VTT in many different positions that have provided her excellent perspective and expertise on R&D&I. She is particularly interested in developing research strategies and commercializing research results into tangible solutions to market and customer needs through technology transfer, licensing and spin-offs. Research and business in bio-based value chains and circular economy are close to her heart.

 

 

Vice President of Innovation Janne Laine
Aalto

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 commercialising IoncellTM and AaltoCellTM technologies. Tens of patents and several startup companies have emerged from projects under his leadership.

 

Executive Vice President Jussi Manninen
VTT

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 optimisation.

 

 

 

Professor Olli Ikkala
Aalto

Professor Ikkala heads the Molecular Materials laboratory at Department of Applied Physics of Aalto University and Centre of Excellence in Molecular Engineering of Biosynthetic Hybrid Materials Research (HYBER) of 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 Tekla Tammelin
VTT

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 in order to pave the way towards novel biomaterial solutions.

 

 

Professor Orlando Rojas
Aalto

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.

 
 

Executive Team

 

The practical management of FinnCERES is carried out through the Executive Team.

Executive Team is responsible for following the progress and ensuring the focus of the research projects in the Flagship.

It is also responsible for preparing recommendations to aid the decision-making in the Steering Group.

 

The Executive Team of FinnCERES consists of ten members:

Orlando Rojas
Aalto

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.

  

 

Tekla Tammelin
VTT

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 in order to pave the way towards novel biomaterial solutions.

 

 

 

Eero Kontturi
Aalto

Professor Eero Kontturi’s research interests lie broadly within interfacial phenomena occuring in plant-based materials. This includes surface reactions (particularly gas-solid), adsorption-based approaches and fundamental analytics utilising ultrathin films. The general aim is to develop new materials by fundamental physico-chemical understanding of plant-based materials (especially cellulose).

 

 

 

Jani Lehto
VTT

Vice President Jani Lehto is in charge of VTT’s biomass processing and products research area. This area contains among others advanced cellulose and lignin products, fibre product manufacturing technologies such as foam forming, high performance fibre products, biocomposites and processing, biomass processing technologies and biorefining chemistry.

 

 

Antti Karttunen
Aalto

Antti Karttunen is 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 the 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
VTT

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 biobased products also in pilot scale. Skilled in Paper & Board, Research and Development (R&D), Biocomposites, Nanocelluloses, Printed Electronics, Chemistry, Materials Science, and Physics. Current main responsibilities include developing relevant research strategies and future portfolio with extensive interest of circular bio-economy and resource sufficiency.

 

 

Jaana Vapaavuori
Aalto

Assistant professor Jaana Vapaavuori leads the Multifunctional Materials Design group which focuses on experimental studies of soft materials, as well as inorganic-organic hybrids. Her current research focuses involve for example studying bio-sourced polymer templates for solar energy conversion and manufacturing of hierarchically structured multifunctional materials and surfaces.

 

 

Hannes Orelma
VTT

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
Aalto

Jukka Hassinen, D.Sc. (Tech) in Applied Physics, has expertise in preparation and advanced characterization of nanomaterials, and their application in water purification and photonics. He is an organized, open minded, and adaptable project manager flavoured with a pinch of common sense.

 

 

 

 

Stina Grönqvist
VTT

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.

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