Principal Investigator

Prof. Orlando J. Rojas

Director of the Biobased Colloids and Materials (BiCMat)

Director of the Bioproducts Institute

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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.

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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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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Dong Wang

PhD student, Northeast Forestry University

Filtration systems and supercapacitors.

Dr. Qian Wu

Associate professor, Hubei University of Technology, China

Polyphenols, proteins and multiphase systems

Fiber, fibrils and modification 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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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


Peipei Wang

PhD student, Nanjing Forestry University

Enzyme hydrolysis

Zhangmin Wan

PhD student, Nanjing Forestry University

Wet spinning, binding kinetics

Marianelly Esquivel

PhD student, Universidad Nacional Costa Rica


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Prof. Michael Tam

PhD (Monash University, Australia)

sustainable nanomaterials, colloids, surfactants, water treatment

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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

Vitor Lima

Univ. Federal de São Carlos

Lignin Fractionation

Dr. Nianjie Feng

Associate professor, Hubei University of Technology

Lignin fractionation, particles and composites

3D printing, suprastructures, composites​ sub-group

Dr. Milad Kamkar

Group leader

PhD Chemical Engineering, University of Calgary (2019)

Rheology of multi-phase complex nanofluids

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Elnaz Erfanian 

PhD student, University of Calgary 

Carbon materials, Graphene

Like Ning

PhD student, Nanjing Forestry University

Hydrogels, Modification

Farhad Ahmadijokani

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

MOF, Toxicity, remediation


Dr. Joice Kaschuk

PhD, Physical Chemistry, University of São Paulo

Cellulose esters and energy harvesting


Aalto University researchers

Dr. Maryam Borghei

Ph.D. Applied Physics, Aalto University

Hybrid and carbon nanomaterials


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. Blaise Tardy

Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Melbourne

Supracolloids and structured materials from biobased resources


Dr. Jukka Hassinen

Ph.D. Applied Physics, Aalto University

Project Manager (FinnCERES Flagship)


Dr. Guang Chu

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

Liquid crystals and photonic materials


Dr. Xuesi Wang

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

Heterogenous catalysis


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

Luiz G. Greca

Lignocellulosic materials for high-value applications


Konrad Klockars

Structural color with cellulose nanocrystals


Katariina Solin

Smart nanocellulose films


Annika Ketola (VTT)

Solid-stabilized foams


Eva Pasquier (Grenoble)

Hybrid lignocellulose materials


Alvaro Gonzalez Vogel (Celulosa Arauco)



Aalto University Master Students

Otso Luotonen


Daria Osipova

Electroactive carbon


Noora Jäntti

Super black wood

Roozbeh Abidnejad


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