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.

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17.06.2016
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.
20.05.2016
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.
04.03.2016
Defense of thesis: M.Sc. Qian Xu defended his thesis “Synthesis and characterization of nanoperforated metal oxide thin films” on Friday 4 March 2016 at 12:00 in Auditorium Ekwall, Gadolinia, Porthansgatan 3, Åbo. The acting opponent was PhD. Tapani Viitala, University of Helsinki
02.02.2016
The FunMat Winter School will be held between February 2-4, 2016. The updated program can now be found here here.
25.09.2015
Defense of thesis: M.Sc. Fredrik Pettersson defended his thesis “Paper- and membrane-based ion-modulated electronics”. The acting opponent was Dr. Mihai Irimia-Vladu, Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft, Austria. The defense took place on Friday 25 September 2015 at 13:00 in Auditorium Ekwall, Gadolinia, Porthansgatan 3, Åbo.
28.08.2015
Defense of thesis: M.Sc. (Tech.) Jawad Sarfraz defended his thesis “Development and characterization of thin printed films for gas sensing applications”. The acting opponent was Prof. Kalle Levon, New York University, USA. The defense took place on Friday 28 August 2015 at 12 in Auditorium Salin, Axelia, Biskopsgatan 8, Åbo.
21.08.2015
Defense of thesis: M.Sc. Mohammad Bagher Khajeheian defended his thesis “Modification of commercial poly-lactide for extrusion coated food packaging applications”. The acting opponent was Prof. Mikael Skrifvars, University of Borås, Sweden. The defense took place on Friday 21 August 2015 at 12:00 in Auditorium Salin, Axelia, Biskopsgatan 8, Åbo.
06.03.2015
Defense of thesis: M.Sc. Mathias Nyman defended his thesis “Interfacial effects in organic solar cells”. The acting opponent was Prof. Ellen Moons, Karlstad University, Sweden. The defense took place on Friday 6 March 2015 at 12:00 in Auditorium Ringbom, Axelia, Biskopsgatan 8, Åbo.
12.02.2015
The FunMat Winter School: “Materials at biological interfaces” will be held on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at ASA A120, Stora Auditoriet (Fänriksgatan 3). The programme can be found here.
11.12.2014
Defense of thesis: M.Sc. Weronika Pawelec defended her thesis “New families of highly efficient, halogen-free flame retardants for polypropylene (PP)”. The acting opponent was Prof. Jyrki Vuorinen, Tampere University of Technology. The defense took place on Thursday 11 December 2014 at 12:00 in Auditorium Salin, Axelia, Biskopsgatan 8, Åbo.
30.10.2014
FunMat - Centre of Excellence in Functional Materials at Biological Interfaces is chosen as one of four Åbo Akademi University's internal Centres of Excellence in research for the period of 2015-2018. (http://www.abo.fi/public/en/News/Item/item/9136)
17.10.2014
Defense of thesis: M.Sc. Anni Määttänen defended her thesis “Printed platforms for paper-based analytical applications”. The acting opponent was Prof. Daniel Citterio, Keio University, Japan. The defense took place on Friday 17 October 2014 at 13:00 in Auditorium Ringbom, Axelia, Biskopsgatan 8, Åbo.
03.10.2014
Defense of thesis: M.Sc. (Tech.) Lotta Bergman defended her thesis “Influence of surface functionalization on the behavior of silica nanoparticles in biological systems”. The acting opponent was Doc. Hélder Santos, University of Helsinki. The defense took place on Friday 3 October 2014 at 12:00 in Auditorium Salin, Axelia, Biskopsgatan 8, Åbo.
23.07.2014
Chinese patent (ZL 201080006446.5) awarded to FunMat researchers: “Method for creating a substrate for printed or coated functionality, substrate, functional device and its use”, inventors: Roger Bollström, Anni Määttänen, Petri Ihalainen, Martti Toivakka, Jouko Peltonen. European (EPO) and US patent applications are pending decision.
13.06.2014
Defense of thesis: M.Sc. (Tech.) Milena Stepien defended her thesis “Physico-Chemical Characterization of Nanoparticle Coated Paper”. The acting opponent was Prof. Lars Järnström, Karlstad University, Sweden. The defense took place on Friday 13 June 2014 at 12:00 in Auditorium Salin, Axelia, Biskopsgatan 8, Åbo.
12.06.2014
Academy of Finland finances a new project Nanostructured large-area antibacterial surfaces. More information (in Swedish). (http://www.abo.fi/public/sv/News/Item/item/8676)
09.05.2014
Defense of thesis: M.Sc. (Tech.) Shaoxia Wang defended her thesis “Surface characterization of chemically modified fiber, wood and paper”. The acting opponent was Prof. Monika Österberg, Aalto University, Espoo. The defense took place on Friday 9 May 2014 at 12:00 in Auditorium Salin, Axelia, Biskopsgatan 8, Åbo.
28.03.2014
The special issue Paper Electronics in Nanotechnology vol 25, issue 9, with guest editors Ronald Österbacka and Dr Jin-Woo Han was published 17 March 2014. The following articles from FunMat appear in the issue:
  1. Anna Deming, R. Österbacka and Jin-Woo Han, Editorial: “Nanotechnology in paper electronics “, Nanotechnology 25, 090201 (2014).
  2. Petri Ihalainen, Fredrik Pettersson, Markus Pesonen, Tapani Viitala, Anni Määttänen, Ronald Österbacka and Jouko Peltonen, “An impedimetric study of DNA hybridization on paper-supported inkjet-printed gold electrodes”, Nanotechnology 25, 094009 (2014).
  3. Roger Bollström, Fredrik Pettersson, Peter Dolietis, Janet Preston, Ronald Österbacka, and Martti Toivakka, ” Impact of humidity on functionality of on-paper printed electronics”, Nanotechnology 25, 094003 (2014).
04.02.2014
Mining Councellor Tor Bergman, member of FunMat Board, will be promoted as Honory Doctor at Åbo Akademi University in May, 2014. (http://www.abo.fi/public/News/Item/item/8077)
04.10.2013
Defense of thesis: M.Sc. (Tech.) Roger Bollström defended his thesis “Paper for printed electronics and functionality”. The acting opponent was Prof. Patrick Gane, Aalto University, Espoo. The defense took place on Friday 4 October 2013 at 13:00 in Auditorium Ringbom, Axelia, Biskopsgatan 8, Åbo.
22.08.2013
The FunMat annual seminar and Scientific Advisory Board meeting took place on August, 14-15, 2013 at Chemicum, Campus Kumpula, A.I. Virtanens plats 1, Helsinki.

The seminar presentations are available here

14.06.2013
Defense of thesis: M.Sc. (Tech.) Torvald Vestberg defended his thesis “Features of a Ziegler-Natta catalyst prepared with the Sirius emulsion-based catalyst production technology”. The acting opponent was Prof. Timothy McKenna, ESPCE-Lyon, France. The defense took place on 14 June 2013 at 12:00 in Auditorium Salin, Axelia, Biskopsgatan 8, Åbo.
31.05.2013
Defense of thesis: M.Sc. Thomas Sandberg defended his thesis “Computational chemistry studies of wood-derived lignans”. The acting opponent was Prof. Toomas Tamm, Tallinna Tehnikaülikool, Estland. The defense took place on Friday 31 May 2013 at 12:15 in Auditorium Ekwall, Gadolinia, Porthansgatan 3, Åbo.
30.05.2013
Defense of thesis: M.Sc. Farid Touaiti defended his thesis “Microstructural and environmental effects on the mechanical properties of porous particle-polymer composites”. The acting opponent was Prof. Mikael Skrifvars, University of Borås, Sweden. The defense took place on Thursday 30 May 2013 at 12:00 in Auditorium Salin, Axelia, Biskopsgatan 8, Åbo.
25.01.2013
Defense of thesis: M.Sc. (Tech.) Carl-Mikael Tåg defended his thesis “Liquid transportation and distribution during (re)wetting: Impact on coated papers in printing”. The acting opponent was Prof. Patrice J. Mangin, Université du Québec á Trois-Rivières, Canada. The defense took place on Friday 25 January 2013 at 12:00 in Auditorium Salin, Biskopsgatan 8, Åbo.
10.12.2012
Parvez Alam received 2012 Per Brahe prize. The 12 000€ prize is awarded to a promising young scientist by Åbo Akademi Foundation (http://www.abo.fi/public/sv/News/Item/item/6566).
10.12.2012
Defense of thesis: M.Sc. (Tech.) Per Dahlsten defended his thesis “Specific surface charging of latex, clay and mineral oxide particles in aqueous, non-aqueous and mixed solvent systems”. The acting opponent was Prof. Björn Lindman, Lund University, Sweden. The defense took place on Monday 10 December 2012 at 12:00 in Auditorium Ekwall, Gadolinia, Porthansgatan 3, Åbo.
30.11.2012
Defense of thesis: M.Sc. Harri Aarnio defended his thesis “Photoexcitation dynamics in organic solar cell donor/acceptor systems”. The acting opponent was Prof. John de Mello, Imperial College London, United Kingdom. The defense took place on Friday 30 November 2012 at 12:00 in Auditorium Ekwall, Gadolinia, Porthansgatan 3, Åbo.
28.10.2012
Turun Sanomat: Pakkauksesta tulee älykäs
05.10.2012
Defense of thesis: M.Sc. Mélanie Aubert defended her thesis “Development of New Halogen-Free and Multifunctional Flame Retardants”. The acting opponent was Prof. Serge Bourbigot, École Nationale Supeérieure de Chimie de Lille, France. The defense took place on Friday 5 October 2012 at 12:00 in Auditorium Salin, Axelia, Biskopsgatan 8, Åbo.
30.09.2012
Salon Seudun Sanomat: “Älykäs pahvi tai paperi osaa analysoida, viestiä ja pelastaa ihmishenkiä.”
20.09.2012
Ms. Weronika Pawelec was granted Excellent Poster Award of 2nd International Symposium on Flame-Retardant materials and Technologies
30.05.2012
FunMat Annual Seminar Presentations are now available here
29.05.2012
Professor Jouko Peltonen received an award for the best result at the Functional Materials Summer Festival Impact Day for the presentation 'Technology platform for printed electronic sensors' as a report of the Flex-Sens project
25.05.2012
Defense of thesis: M.Sc. Daniel Tobjörk defended his thesis “Printed Low-Voltage Organic Transistors on Plastics and Paper”. The acting opponent was Prof. Ananth Dodabalapur, University of Texas at Austin, USA. The defense took place on Friday 25 May 2012 at 12:00 in Auditorium Ekwall, Gadolinia, Porthansgatan 3, Åbo.
17.04.2012
The FunMat Annual Meeting with the International Scientific Advisory Board will take place on May, 23-24,2012 in the ASA Building (Lecture Hall A 120).
20.01.2012
Defense of thesis: M.Sc. (Tech.) Hanna Koivula defended her thesis “Studies in offset ink setting”. The acting opponent was Prof. Göran Ström, Research institute Innventia AB, Sweden. The defense took place on Friday 20 January 2012 at 13:00 in Auditorium Salin, Axelia, Biskopsgatan 8, Åbo.
25.11.2011
Julkaisija 6/2011: “Tietoa, älyä ja muistia paperille”
25.11.2011
Defense of thesis: M.Sc. (Tech.) Jie Duanmu defended his thesis “Bio-composites based on cellulose fibers and potato starch modified with allylglycidyl ether”. The acting opponent was Prof. Kristiina Oksman, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. The defense took place on Friday 25 November 2011 at 12:00 in Auditorium Salin, Axelia, Biskopsgatan 8, Åbo.
26.10.2011
R. Österbacka gave an invited talk at the Photovoltaics at the nanoscale (NANOPV) European symposium, hasselt, Belgium http://www.uhasselt.be/UH/Nanopv/Nanopv-Welcome-and-introduction/Welcome-and-introduction.html
09.09.2011
R. Österbacka gave an invited talk around “Paper Electronics” on ECME 2011 in Barcelona. http://www.ecme2011.com/
29.08.2011
R. Österbacka gave an invited talk at International Conference “Advanced Optical Materials and Devices” (AOMM-7), Vilnius, Lithuania. http://www.pfi.lt/conf/aomd7/
24.08.2011
FUNMAT ANNUAL SEMINAR 24.-25.8.
23.08.2011
FunMat annual seminar 2011, 24-25.08.2011 Materials for the future
19.08.2011
Defense of thesis: M.Sc. Fredrik Jansson defended his thesis “Charge transport in disordered materials - Simulations, theory, and numerical modeling of hopping transport and electron-hole recombination”. The acting opponent was Prof. Peter Bobbert, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Netherlands. The defense took place on Friday 19 August 2011 at 12:00 in Auditorium Ekwall, Gadolinia, Porthansgatan 3, Åbo.
10.08.2011
R. Österbacka gave a lecture at Jyväskylä International Summer school “Organic Solar Cells
01.07.2011
Defense of thesis: M.Sc. (Tech.) Mia Ahokas defended her thesis “Enhancing performance of paper coatings by tailor-made plastic pigments”. The acting opponent was Prof. Patrick Gane, Aalto University, Helsinki. The defense took place on Friday 1 July 2011 at 13:00 in Auditorium Salin, Axelia, Biskopsgatan 8, Åbo.
28.06.2011
R. Österbacka gave a short course lecture at LOPE-C on Solution processable Organic Electronic devices, Frankfurt, Germany http://www.lope-c.com/en/agenda/day/2011-06-28/
07.06.2011
R. Österbacka gave a short course lecture at European Coating Seminar on Solution processable Organic Electronic devices
08.02.2011
FunMat presenteras i Åbo Underrättelser. http://www.abounderrattelser.fi/news/2011/02/e-pappret-utmanar-lasplattan.html
21.01.2011
Defense of thesis: M.Sc. (Tech.) Saara Inkinen defended her thesis “Structural Modification of Poly(lactic acid) by Step-Growth Polymerization and Stereocomplexation”. The acting opponent was Prof. Katja Loos, University of Groningen, Netherlands. The defense took place on Friday 21 January 2011 at 12:00 in Auditorium Salin, Axelia, Biskopsgatan 8, Åbo.
09.12.2010
R. Österbacka gave an invited talk at IMRE, A*Star, Singapore, Organic and Polymer Electronics Symposium 9-10.12.2010. “Effect of 2D delocalization on charge transport and recombination in bulk heterojunction solar cells.
11.11.2010

FunMat in the press on Paper Electronics

The activities of FunMat has been recognized along the new field of paper electronics in Printed Electronics World: http://www.printedelectronicsworld.com/articles/paper_electronics_00002779.asp

05.11.2010
Defense of thesis: M.Sc. Nikolai Kaihovirta defended his thesis “Ion Modulated Organic Transistors”. The acting opponent was Prof. C. Daniel Frisbie, University of Minnesota, USA. The defense took place on Friday 5 November 2010 at 12:00 in Auditorium Salin, Axelia, Biskopsgatan 8, Åbo.
08.10.2010
Defense of thesis: M.Sc. Mikael Järn defended his thesis “Influence of topography and surface chemistry on the wetting properties of TiO2-based ceramic coatings”. The acting opponent was Dr. Rossen Sedev, University of South Australia, Australia. The defense took place on Friday 8 October 2010 at 12:00 in Auditorium Ekwall, Gadolinia, Porthansgatan 3, Åbo.
11.06.2010
Defense of thesis: M.Sc. (Tech.) Maiju Pykönen defended her thesis “Influence of plasma modification on surface properties and offset printability of coated paper”. The acting opponent was Dr. Wei Shen, Monash University, Australia. The defense took place on Friday 11 June 2010 at 13:00 in Auditorium Salin, Axelia, Biskopsgatan 8, Åbo.
04.06.2010
Defense of thesis: M.Sc. (Tech.) Joakim Järnström defended his thesis “Topography and wetting of pigment coated substrates”. The acting opponent was Dr. Gary Chinga-Carrasco, Paper and Fibre Research Institute, Trondheim, Norway. The defense took place on Friday 4 June 2010 at 12:00 in Auditorium Salin, Axelia, Biskopsgatan 8, Åbo.
18.05.2010

Symposium

Laboratory of Paper Coating and Converting to host European Coating Symposium 2011 on 8-10.6.2011.

14.05.2010
Defense of thesis: M.Sc. (Tech.) Anders Sand defended his thesis “Microscopic simulation of pigment coating consolidation”. The acting opponent was Prof. Douglas Bousfield, University of Maine, USA. The defense took place on Friday 14 May 2010 at 13:00 in Auditorium Salin, Axelia, Biskopsgatan 8, Åbo.
04.05.2010

Reports (updated 05.05.2010)

 

The annual reports and yearbooks for the FunMat consortium will all be made available online. Follow the links below:

01.09.2009

Presentations from the Annual FunMat seminar

The Annual FunMat seminar was a great success, gathering over 100 participants from within and outside of the group. Below you can find links to some of the presentations.

Dr. Paul van der Schaaf

Dr. Jan-Henrik Smått

Dr. Himadri Majumdar

Dr. Hewen Liu

Anni Määttänen

Dr. Jessica Rosenholm

Dr. Luisa Torsi

Prof. Michael Tiemann