Principal Investigator

Prof. Orlando J. Rojas

Director of the Biobased Colloids and Materials (BiCMat)

Director of the Bioproducts Institute

Orlando Rojas vision

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Our research group

BiCMat is a diverse group of talented individuals, each with their own particular strengths and areas of study. We have created six specialized sub-groups for our UBC researchers in order to take advantage of these strengths and apply them to our work.

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Bioconversion, Biofabrication, Valorization sub-group

Dr. Ran Bi

Group leader and Lab Manager

PhD Microbiology, KTH (2016)

Polysaccharide and lignin fractionation and modification.


Marina Mehling

PhD student, University of British Columbia ​

Synthetic biology, plant biology and bioprocessing.


Xuetong Shi

PhD student, University of British Columbia

Functionalized wood, phase change composite materials.

Ming Wang

PhD Candidate, South China University of Technology

Cellulose-based flexible conductive materials

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Hélène Day Fraser

Associate Professor, Emily Carr Art and Design University, Vancouver

textile adaptation, clothing, material practice, co-creative,  Transition Design, Discursive Design, Critical Use 

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Prof. Junling Guo

Director and Professor, BMI Center,
Sichuan University Ph.D., Chem Biomolecular Eng, The University of Melbourne

Polyphenols, self-assembly, colloidal and Interfaces

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Peipei Wang

PhD student, Nanjing Forestry University

Enzyme hydrolysis

Daniel Matamoros Arnáez

Undergraduate Licentiate degree student, in Chemical Engineering from Universidad de Costa Rica

Nanocellulose, hydroxyapatite

Short term visitor: Daniel Matamoros Arnaez, University of Costa Rica

Small biosynthetic building blocks, films and networks​ sub-group

Dr. Sameer Mhatre

Group leader

PhD Chem Eng, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (2014)

Soft matter physics, Electrohydrodynamics, multiphases, thin films.


Gio Bautista

PhD student, University of British Columbia

Agricultural Chemistry


Xun Niu

PhD student, University of British Columbia,

Nanjing Forestry University, Aalto University

Bacteria cellulose, bark extractives, functional supraparticles

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Dr. Qian Wu

Associate professor, Hubei University of Technology, China

Polyphenols, proteins and multiphase system

Fibers, fibrils, processing sub-group

Dr. Gabriel Banvillet

Group leader

PhD Materials & Process Eng, Université Grenoble Alpes, France (2021)

Biobased materials, nanocellulose.


Dr. Tianyu Guo

PhD Nanjing Forestry University (2020)

Bioinspired nanomaterials from biomass

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Samuel Hahn

Master student, University of British Columbia


Dr. Yizhou Sang

PhD Chemical Eng., University of British Columbia (2012)

Polymer chemistry, wet-end paper chemistry, bioproduct development.


Samantha Pritchard

Master student, University of British Columbia

Cellulose nanocrystals

Ayako Takagi

Industrial Designer, Emily Carr Art and Design University, Vancouver

Sustainable design, papermaking, 3D modeling/rendering


Yanna Lyu

Ph.D Pulp&Paper Engineering, Associate Professor, Dean of Packaging Engineering Department, Dalian Polytechnic University

Intelligent Packaging, Biomassed Materials, LCA

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Paul Stuart

Professor, Polytechnique Montreal. Visiting sabbatical professor

Industry-driven problem solving using product and process design methodologies and systems analysis tools



Micro/nanomaterials & multiphases​ sub-group

Dr. Yi Lu (UBC)

Group leader

PhD Chem Eng, University of Alberta (2020).

Colloids and Interfaces,
Stimuli-Responsive Materials, Multi-phase systems, Machine learning


Xiaoya (Coco) Su (UBC)

Master student, University of British Columbia


Yeedo Chun

PhD student, University of British Columbia

Bio-based foams


Marianelly Esquivel

PhD student, Universidad Nacional Costa Rica


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Zhangmin Wan

PhD student, Nanjing Forestry University

Wet spinning, binding kinetics

Praven Kamalanathan

Research Assistant, University of British Columbia

Foam Forming Technology, Bio-based Product Development


Farhad Ahmadijokani

PhD student, University of British Columbia (UBC-O)

MOF, water remediation

Lignin valorization​ sub-group

Dr. Jingqian Chen

Group leader

PhD, Chemical Engineering, University of British Columbia

Biomass conversion, Nanoparticle engineering, Hydrolysis models

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Jing Tian

PhD student, Nanjing Forestry University, China

Lignin particles, emulsions

Like Ning

PhD student, Nanjing Forestry University

Lignin Hydrogels, Modification

Dr. Nianjie Feng

Associate professor, Hubei University of Technology

Lignin fractionation, particles and composites

Dr. Oliver Musl

PhD Advanced Biorefineries: Chemistry & Materials, BOKU University, Vienna, Austria (2022)

Lignin analysis, fractionation & materials



Dr. Joice Kaschuk

PhD, Physical Chemistry, University of São Paulo

Cellulose esters and energy harvesting


Aalto University BiCMat members

Dr. Bruno Mattos

Ph.D. Materials Science, Universidade Federal do Paraná

Supracolloids and controlled release


Dr. Johanna Majoinen

Ph.D. Applied Physics, Aalto University

Self-assembly and cellulose functionalization


Dr. Guillermo Reyes

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Universidad de Concepción

Cellulose dissolution and spinning


Dr. Ling Wang

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Aalto University

Lignin and cellulose spinning


Dr. Guang Chu

Ph.D., Applied Chemistry, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Liquid crystals and photonic materials


Mamata Bhattarai

Food and Biological Sciences


Dr. Xuesi Wang

Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Adelaide, Australia

Heterogenous catalysis


Luiz G. Greca

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Aalto University

Lignocellulosic materials for high-value applications


Aalto University PhD Students

Ya Zhu

Biobased multiphase systems and applications


Bin Zhao

Lignin carbon materials


Haider Iftikhar


Karoliina Helanto (Mestä)

Barrier solutions with biocolloids


Roberta Teixeirapolez

3D Printing

Konrad Klockars

Structural color with cellulose nanocrystals


Annika Ketola (VTT)

Solid-stabilized foams


Alvaro Gonzalez Vogel (Celulosa Arauco)



Roozbeh Abidnejad


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Daria Robertson

Electroactive carbon


Summer researchers in Aalto

  • Azpiazu Altuna Ainara
  • Sofia Costa
  • Emily Hart
  • Dovlat Ibragimov
  • Mariia Vaslova
  • Shubhajit Dutta