From modifying wood surfaces to the interactions of living cells

Dr. Monika Österberg, Aalto University, School of Chemical Technology, Department of Forest Products Technology, Finland

23 October 2014 at 10:30

Location: JHE 326H

Monika Osterberg

Is it possible to save energy by increasing the use of wood in living spacing? Can you develop hydrophobic breathable textiles from purely renewable resources? Can AFM force measurements be used for developing materials for advanced wound healing, initial drug testing and tissue engineering? These are some of the questions that interest us in the Bioproduct Chemistry group at Aalto.

Although the questions above at first glance seem quite diverse, we try to tackle these challenges by innovative use of forest biomaterials and by tuning the interfacial properties of the materials. In the presentation I will show recent results on development of strong and light nanocomposites based on nanofibrillated cellulose and water soluble polysaccharides, as well as our approach to sustainable wood surface treatment. A new project on direct surface forces between living cells and biomimetic hydrogels is briefly introduced.  


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