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

Defense of thesis: M.Sc. Dimitar Valtakari will defend his thesis “Printed and Coated Functionality on Natural Fibre Based Substrates” on Friday 12 January 2018 at 12:00, in Auditorium Salin, Axelia, Biskopsgatan 8, Åbo/Turku.
Defense of thesis: M.Sc. Joel Songok will defend his thesis “Surface Flow for Paper-based Microfluidic Platforms” on Monday 18 December 2017 at 12:00, in Auditorium Salin, Axelia, Biskopsgatan 8, Åbo/Turku.
Prof. Cecilia Sahlgren has been awarded the ERC research grant for “The integration of cell signalling and mechanical forces in vascular morphology”.
Prof. Jessica Rosenholm has been awarded Per Brahe Prize by the Stiftelsen för Åbo Akademi. Congratulations Jessica! Link to YLE article here and more information here.
Seminar on Biotechnology and Biosensors will take place on October 27, 2017 at Auditorium Helikon, Arken, Tehtaankatu 2, 20500 TURKU. Registration due: October 16 at - Flyer.
Defense of thesis: M.Sc. Katariina Torvinen will defend her thesis “Flexible pigment-cellulose nanofibril composites for printed electronics applications” on Friday 27 October 2017 at 12:00 in Auditorium Salin, Axelia, Biskopsgatan 8, Åbo. Professor Thaddeus Maloney, Aalto University, Finland will act as opponent. URN:ISBN:978-951-38-8570-0
Congratulations to Carl-Eric Wilén, Melanie Aubert and Teija Tirri for their award-winning work on halogen-free flame retardants. Link to Finnish article here.
Congratulations to Marco Mennillo on winning the Italian-Nordic Polymer Future Award on Sulfenamide containing polymers for bio-applications.
Gadd Prize 2017 went to John Eriksson, Professor in Cell Biology in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. More information here.
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.”