Center for Functional Materials (FUNMAT) is a research center in functional materials based at Åbo Akademi University. FUNMAT is combining the expertise in chemistry, physics, biology, paper coating and printing to develop functional materials, devices and large area manufacturing for interfacing with biological systems. The multidisciplinary research is done in close collaboration with industry and our extensive collaboration network throughout the world.

Past events

Dr. Tomáš Syrový from University of Pardubice, Czech Republic will give a presentation “Printed electronics and printed functional layers at University of Pardubice”. Time and place: June 14 at 13:15 in Laboratory of Paper Coating and Converting seminar room, Gadolinia 4th floor.
The FunMat Seminar on “Materials and Cell interactions” will take place on May 16-17, 2017 at Åbo Akademi University, Fänriksgatan 3, Turku, Finland. The program is available here. Please register here by Sunday, May 14. The registration is free of charge.
Congratulations to Vinay Kumar for winning the Best Student Paper Award of the Coating and Graphic Arts Division at the PaperCon 2017 conference held in Minneapolis on April 24-27.4. The title of Vinay's presentation was “Conductive Carbon-nanocellulose Coatings on Paper.”
Defense of thesis: M.Sc. Eva von Haartman will defend her thesis “Design and evaluation of nanoparticle-based delivery systems: towards cancer theranostics” on Friday 21 April 2017 at 13:00 in Auditorium Ringbom, Axelia, Biskopsgatan 8, Åbo. Professor Lennart Bergström, Stockholm University, Sweden will act as opponent.
Congratulations to Cecilia Sahlgren on Sigrid Jusélius Foundation research grant 2017-2020, Unraveling the interplay between ECM stiffness and topography, Jagged-Notch signaling and tumor invasiveness.
Congratulations to Luisa Torsi for being elected as an MRS Fellow.
Defense of thesis: M.Sc. (Tech.) Dennis Kronlund defended his thesis “Chemical engineering of surface coatings for natural stones” on Friday 24 February 2017 at 12:00 in Auditorium Salin, Axelia, Biskopsgatan 8, Åbo. The acting opponent was Professor Katarina Malaga, Swedish Cement and Concrete Research Institute, Borås, Sweden.
Defense of thesis: M.Sc. Helka Juvonen defended her thesis “Protein adsorption and cell adhesion to nanostructured paper coatings” on Friday 16 December 2016 at 12:00 in Auditorium Ekwall, Gadolinia, Porthansgatan 3, Åbo. The acting opponent was Assoc. Prof. Monika Österberg, Aalto University, Finland.
The Annual FunMat meeting will take place on October 13-14, 2016 in Auditorium Armfelt, Arken (Fabriksgatan 2). The programme is available here.
Defense of thesis: M.Sc. Didem Șen Karaman defended her thesis “Physicochemical characteristics of silica nanoparticles tailored for nanomedicine” on Wednesday 22 June 2016 at 12:00 in Auditorium Salin, Axelia, Biskopsgatan 8, Åbo. The acting opponent was Docent Jarno Salonen, University of Turku.
Defense of thesis: M.Sc. (Tech.) Petri Sirviö defended his thesis “Electrical and dielectric properties of uncoated and coated wood-free paper for electrophotography” on Friday 17 June 2016 at 12:00 in Auditorium Ekwall, Gadolinia, Porthansgatan 3, Åbo. The acting opponent was Professor Øyvind Weiby Gregersen, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway.
Defense of thesis: M.Sc. Motolani Sakeye defended his thesis “Metal oxides prepared through the nanocasting process - mechanistic study, surface interactions and applications in separation” on Friday 20 May 2016 at 12:00 in Auditorium Ekwall, Gadolinia. The acting opponent was Professor An-Hui Lu, Dalian University of Technology, People's Republic of China.