Structured materials

Nearly 280 million tonnes of plastics are produced annually, most of which end up in the environment harming marine life and other ecosystems. It has been estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans, with significant ecological repercussions. Additional challenges include CO2 emissions.

In the structured materials theme, we want to study how to use lignocellulose as a sustainable alternative to plastics, with similar or better properties. In this context, lightweight, high-strength, multifunctional materials and high-performance biocomposites are globally among the top material foci. In efforts to reduce plastic utilisation, FinnCERES aims to find answers by enabling bio-based, biodegradable and low-cost production of materials with desirable mechanical and functional properties.

Project examples:

  • High-performance materials combining nanocellulose and nanolignin
  • Complex cellulosic structures for consumer applications
  • Fold and sustain – combining design, mathematics, and materials science
  • Rheology essentials of 3D-based printing materials