FinnCERES Flagship – A Competence Centre for the Materials Bioeconomy

Tekla Tammelin (Corresponding author), Stina Grönqvist, Jukka Hassinen, Monika Österberg, Orlando J. Rojas

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FinnCERES is a Competence Centre formed between Aalto University and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland ( This combination yields a unique combo of highly ranked fundamental and applied research in the area of forest-sourced materials. In addition, the strength of the alliance derives from its state-of-the-art research infrastructure including pilot capabilities, and global research and industrial networks. We aim at holistic material sustainability considering today’s demands on the smart use of biomass. In the current materials design, the specific inherent properties and added value of lignocellulosics are emphasised even more than merely their renewable origin or biodegradability.

We consider plants as our future material bank since cell wall components, structure and functions are an endless source for inspiration for the materials science and engineering. The aim of the research programme is to bridge the gap between fundamental and applied research as well as to provide a fast track for scientific findings towards real innovations and industrial implementation.

This presentation highlights the latest scientific advances from the research programme which is divided into five major research themes: 1) Fundamentals: Interactions and advanced characterisation, 2) Future biorefineries, 3) Clean air and water, 4) Lignocellulosics beyond plastics, and 5) Electronics, optics, and energy applications. In addition, the recent progress and actions within the FinnCERES Ecosystem including the Boreal Alliance will be communicated.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNWBC 2022
Subtitle of host publicationThe 10th Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference
EditorsAtte Virtanen, Katariina Torvinen, Jessica Vepsäläinen
PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
ISBN (Electronic)978-951-38-8772-8
Publication statusPublished - 2022
MoE publication typeB3 Non-refereed article in conference proceedings
Event10th Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference, NWBC 2022 - Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 25 Oct 202227 Oct 2022
Conference number: 10

Publication series

SeriesVTT Technology


Conference10th Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference, NWBC 2022
Abbreviated titleNWBC 2022


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