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.

Upcoming events

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.
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.

Past events

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.”
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.