New group members!

We are delighted to welcome Jinrong Liu and Mohammad Morsali (left and right) as the new PhD Students to the SUSMATCHEM group. Jin and Moh will be working in projects focusing on development of new types of lignin-based materials. Excited to have you both in place at MMK after months of waiting!

Jinrong Liu and Mohammad Morsali.

Publication news!

Invited Review Article in Materials Horizons (IF 14.4). A. Moreno and M.H. Sipponen. Lignin-based smart materials: a roadmap to processing and synthesis for current and future applications.

In this Review Article we visit a plethora of different lignin-based smart materials that are designed to respond to various stimuli and enable advanced use in sensors, drug delivery, and shape-memory materials. We also provide our perspectives for the future horizons of this rapidly developing field. See more online at: https://doi.org/10.1039/D0MH00798F

New project

SUSMATCHEM group has obtained a research grant to develop lignin-based water resistance coatings (mainly for wood but we like the photo below). We will be recruiting a Postdoctoral Fellow for this project. Stay tuned for more information about the recruitment in autumn 2020. We are grateful for support from Södras Stiftelse för Forskning, Utveckling och Utbildning. https://www.sodra.com/sv/se/om-sodra/innovation/forskningsstiftelse/

Water-repellent coatings have broad use from textiles to wood protection.

Lignin-based hybrid materials are receiving attention

Following a recent publication by Sipponen and co-workers from Aalto University, several websites have covered the research related to thermal energy storage in lignin-fatty acid hybrid materials.

https://www.diamond.ac.uk/Science/Research/Highlights/2020/9000th-publication-green-materials-thermal-energy-storage.html

https://www.chemistryworld.com/news/mixing-industrial-byproducts-offers-greener-thermal-energy-storage/4011779.article

This sets a bright future for continued efforts to develop functional materials from lignin.

Link to the original Open Access publication: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cej.2020.124711