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


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


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


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


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

Meet the Scientists of the Future Bioeconomy part 2: Spider Silk – the supermaterial of the future


Spider silk is one of the strongest materials found in the natural world. Scientists have…

Meet the Scientists of the Future Bioeconomy part 1: Using microbes to create new bioplastics


Research scientist Anna Ylinen is doing her doctoral thesis at the Center for Young Synbio…

New life for biowaste – resource-smart fabric made of straw


The globally growing concern about climate change and finite resources has turned the attention to…

Bioeconomy promoting rural development in Europe


The bioeconomy can mean very different things for people living in rural areas in Finland,…

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