Chemistry

Chemistry is the foundation of the entire bioeconomy. Without chemical expertise and know-how, it would be impossible to utilise different types of biomass intelligently and sustainably. From the manufacture of fertilisers needed for biomass cultivation to the refining of biowaste, chemical companies are involved in the entire biomass cycle. Clean water is also part of the bioeconomy, and Finland is one of the global leaders in water chemistry.

The use of bio-based raw materials is increasing, with approximately one third of the chemical companies in Finland using them. Boosted by novel technologies and cooperation, the use of these raw materials as well as various biotechnological solutions is on the increase. Many products, such as tall oil-based chemicals, carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC), xylitol, renewable diesel and bioethanol, are made almost entirely of renewable raw materials. Other products, such as paints, adhesives, cosmetics and rubber products, have some raw materials that are plant-based. Additionally, Finland is home to highly advanced industrial enzyme research and production.

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Smart Bioeconomy documentary series: Science news for junior high school and high school students

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The world needs scientists and engineers – now more than ever. Tackling climate change will…

At the forefront of the textile revolution – Finnish biomaterials startup presents a new, more sustainable textile fiber

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The rapidly evolving field of sustainable textile fibers has a new player. Aalto University’s spin-off…

Meet the Scientists of the Future Bioeconomy part 8: Capturing microplastics with nanocellulose

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Research scientist Ilona Leppänen at VTT Finland has developed a solution to the microplastics problem…

Meet the Scientists of the Future Bioeconomy part 7: New super material inspired by mantis shrimp club

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Nanokomposiitista valmistettu valkoinen hammaskruunu.

VTT researcher Dr. Pezhman Mohammadi and his research group have developed a new type of…

Meet the Scientists of the Future Bioeconomy part 6: Bio-based coating for wood

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Brown lignin powder and water in a transparent glass.

Researchers turn a non-toxic residue into wood coating that resists abrasion, stain, and sunlight. Due…

Meet the Scientists of the Future Bioeconomy part 5: Engineering fungal mycelium to produce leather without cows

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Light brown synthetic leather in a transparent Petri dish.

The fashion industry has a huge carbon footprint that is growing rapidly. In the NewLeather…

Meet the Scientists of the Future Bioeconomy part 4: Searching for the genetic code of colors

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The colors we use to dye our clothes are a burden to the environment. The…

Meet the Scientists of the Future Bioeconomy part 3: Engineering the cell factory

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To stay competitive, industries need to increase their productivity. Typically this is done by improving…

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