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.

Training & Education

  • 16.05.2017
  • FunMat Seminar on Materials and Cell interactions
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Programme available as PDF here
Registration is available here (deadline May 14, 2017).

  • Tuesday 16.5
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Place: Auditorium A120, ASA, Fänriksgatan 3

  • Session 1.
Tapani Viitala, Univ. of Helsinki
Maria Asplund, Univ. of Freiburg
  • Session 2.
Tapani Viitala, Univ. of Helsinki
Invited short talks (TBA)
  • Wednesday 17.5
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Place: Auditorium B311 Athena, ASA, Fänriksgatan 3

  • Session 1.
Maria Asplund, Univ. of Freiburg
Invited short talks (TBA)
  • Session 2.
Maria Asplund, Univ. of Freiburg
Panel discussion
  • 13.10.2016
  • FunMat Annual Meeting
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Place: Auditorium Armfelt, Arken, Fabriksgatan 2.
Programme available as PDF here.

  • Session 1 - Status of FunMat
  • (Chair Carl-Eric Wilén)
Prof. R. Österbacka Opening and welcome
Prof. C.-E. Wilén Market aligned polymer transformations
Prof. M. Toivakka Functionalized paper surfaces for novel applications
Prof. J. Peltonen Printed sensor platform
Prof. J. Eriksson Cell imaging as an advanced biomaterials tool
Prof. R. Österbacka Paper electronics using environmentally friendly materials and devices
  • Session 2 - FunMat at biological interfaces
  • (Chair Jouko Peltonen)
M. Mennillo New polymeric materials for cell culture
D. Soto Véliz Pigments for cell-culture studies
E. Rosqvist Electric sensing of cell-substrate interactions on paper
M. Pesonen Active control of cell environment using graphene oxide
E. Niemelä Paper-based screening assays for in vitro testing
  • Lunch and Poster Session
  • Session 3 - New Openings
  • (Chair Martti Toivakka)
Prof. Cecilia Sahlgren Materials based control of Notch signaling in cancer and regenerative therapies
Prof. Jessica Rosenholm Nanotechnology for control of cell functions
Prof. Luisa Torsi Ultra-sensitive OFET based sensing
  • Summary and Closing
  • Prof. John Eriksson
  • Friday 14 October - Seminar
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Auditorium A120, ASA, Fänriksgatan 3

  • Opening and Welcome
  • (Chair Ronald Österbacka)
Prof. Ananth Dodabalapur Inkjet printed polymer and carbon nanotube transistors: Devices, characteristics and circuits
Assoc.Prof. Róisín Owens Organic electronics on a chip for live cell monitoring
  • 20.09.2015
  • FunMat Annual Meeting
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Programme available as PDF here

  • Session 1.
  • (Chair J. Eriksson)
Prof. R. Österbacka: Introduction of the FunMat: Functional materials for the future interactive products
Prof. R. Goldman: Intermediate filaments are strain-stiffening biopolymers involved in cell shape, mechanics, and motility
  • FunMat internal workshop
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M. Pesonen: Active regulation through controlled stimulation
R. Kummala: Nano and Microfibrillated cellulose films
D. Véliz: Pigments in paper-based cell growth substrates
M. Aubert: Polymer technology development for tissue regeneration
P. Ihalainen: Design of cell growth platforms
E. Niemelä: Cell biology: Strategy and challenges of the FunMat Consortium
  • 12.02.2015
  • FunMat Winter School
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  • Materials at biological interfaces

Programme available as PDF here

  • Session 1.
  • (Chair M. Toivakka)
Prof. R. Österbacka: Opening and introduction
Prof. T. Ny: Plasminogen as a therapeutic treatment for non-healing chronic wounds
  • Session 2.
  • (Chair J. Peltonen)
Prof. P. Lappalainen: Cytoskeletal proteins that control migration and membrane structure
Prof. C.-E. Wilén: A Quest for Polymeric Materials for Wound Healing
  • Session 3.
  • (Chair J. Eriksson)
Prof. M. Toivakka: Paper and cellulosic surfaces as cell growth platforms
  • Session 4.
Poster session
  • Session 5.
Round-table workshop: Functional Materials for wound healing
  • 14.08.2013
  • FunMat Annual Seminar
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  • Opening words
  • Prof. R. Österbacka (link)
  • Session 1:
  • "Paper electronics platform for future applications", Chair C.-E. Wilén
Mining councellor T. Bergman: The Finnish industry in an everchanging world
  • Session 2:
  • "Functional Materials and Devices", Chair J. Peltonen
Prof. C-E. Wilén: A FUNMAT journey to remember and build on
Doc. S. Hietala: Functional polymers and hybrid nanomaterials
  • Session 3:
Poster session
  • Session 4:
  • "The promise", Chair M. Toivakka
  • 23.05.2012
  • FunMat Annual Seminar
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  • Opening words
  • Prof. R. Österbacka (link)
  • Session 1.
  • (Chair M. Toivakka)
Prof. A. Dodabalapur:  
Prof. A. C. Albertsson:  
  • Session 2.
  • (Chair H. Tenhu)
  • Session 3.
  • (Chair R. Österbacka)
Poster session  
  • Session 4.
  • (Chair C-E. Wilén)
D. Sen Karaman: Influence of Inorganic Nanocarriers' Shape & Surface on Cellular Uptake
P. Pulkkinen: Complexation of Calix[4]arene Protected Gold Nanoparticles with Pyridinium and Bipyridinium Compounds
  • 24.08.2011
  • FunMat Annual Seminar
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  • Materials for the future

Programme available as PDF here

  • Wednesday 24 August
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  • Opening words,
  • Prof. Ronald Österbacka
  • Session 1.
Prof. Robert Pelton: Adhesion to wet and dry cellulose
Adj.Prof. Michael Zäch: Nanomaterials for energy applications
  • Session 2
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Poster session
  • Session 3.
Prof. Kalle Levon: Organic electronics in health diagnostics
Jan‐Henrik Smått: Plasmon enhanced solar cells
Pernilla Sund: <no title>
Jukka Niskanen: Responsive hybrid nanomaterials
  • Thursday 25 August
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  • Opening words,
  • Prof. Jouko Peltonen
  • Session 4.
Prof. Arto Maaninen: R2R processing of electrical and optoelectrical components
Dr. Ike de Vries: Challenges for R2R processing of flexible organic light emitting diode devices and organic photovoltaic modules
  • Session 5.
Prof. Olle Inganäs: Organic electronics, with and without biomolecules
Anni Määttänen: Inkjet‐printed gold electrodes on paper
Harri Aarnio: Spontaneous Charge Transfer and Dipole Formation at the Interface Between P3HT and PCBM for better solar cells
Roger Bollström: Roll‐to‐roll printed electronics on paper
  • Closing words
  • 17.05.2010
  • FunMat Annual Meeting
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Place: Auditorium Armfelt, Humanistcentret Arken, Fabriksgatan 2, 20500 Åbo

Programme available as PDF here

  • Opening words,
  • Prof. J.B. Rosenholm
  • Session 1.
  • (Chair R. Österbacka)
Prof. C-E Wilén Shaping the future via macromolecules and additives
  • Session 2.
  • (Chair C-E Wilén)
  • Session 3.
  • (Chair H Tenhu)
Presentation of FunMat project posters (Aud. Armfelt)  
Poster session (Aud. Parnassos and Helikon)  
  • Session 4.
  • (Chair M Toivakka)
  • 27.08.2009
  • FunMat Annual Seminar
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Place: Sigyn Hall, Turku

Programme available as PDF here

  • Thursday 27 August
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  • Opening words,
  • Prof. Jarl. B. Rosenholm
  • Session 1.
  • Session 2.
Carl‐Johan Wikman: Functional membranes
Anu Koponen: Novel amphiphilic star block copolymer
  • Session 3.
Poster session
  • Friday 28 August
  • Opening words
  • Session 4.
Roger Bollström: Paper as a substrate for functional printing
  • Session 5.
Nikolai Kaihovirta: Membrane Based Organic Transistors
Himadri Majumdar: Organic Spintronics
  • Closing words