Molecular Materials (Molmat)


Group leader

Professor Olli Ikkala 


I head the Molecular Materials laboratory at the Department of Applied Physics of Aalto University in Greater Helsinki and the Centre of Excellence in Molecular Engineering of Biosynthetic Hybrid Materials Research (HYBER) of the Academy of Finland. My research interest is to develop functional materials based on hierarchical self-assemblies, biomimetics, and materials originating from nature, such as nanocellulose. The laboratory is multidisciplinary, combining physics, chemistry, and materials science. I have published nearly 300 articles, several articles in the Science and Nature family, as well as ca. 20 patents, and have been cited nearly 15,000 times (H-index 66). I have been awarded twice the Advanced Grant of ERC, twice the Academy Professorship of Academy of Finland, and I am elected in Finnish Academy of Science and Letters and Technology Academy of Finland.

Molecular Materials

Molecular Materials (Molmat) is a multidisciplinary research group consisting of physicists, chemists and biologists aiming at functional materials based on supramolecular and supracolloidal self-assembly and its hierarchies. The Molmat group is located at the Nanotalo building on the Otaniemi campus. Currently, we are engaged in studying bio-mimetic self-assembly and biosynthetic hybrid materials.


The Molmat group is a part of HYBER, the Academy of Finland´s Centre of Excellence in Molecular Engineering of Biosynthetic Hybrid Materials research (2014-2019), led by Professor Ikkala.

Nanomicroscopy Centre (NMC)

Molmat is also a part of the Nanomicroscopy Center administered by Professor Janne Ruokolainen. NMC is a cutting-edge microscopy facility offering us a number of high-resolution imaging and fabrication tools for soft, hard and biomaterial characterization.

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Prof. Olli Ikkala
Coordinator Mirkka Jones

Postal address:
Department of Applied Physics
Aalto University School of Science
P.O. Box 15100, 00076 Aalto, Finland

Visiting address:
Nano Building,
Puumiehenkuja 2 A
02150 Espoo

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